Granite Flat

granite flat campground
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  • AGENCY & STATE: U.S. Forest Service, California
  • SEASON: May-Oct
  • FACILITIES: Vault toilets, Water, Fire pits, Picnic tables
  • FEES: $22
  • PHONE NUMBER: 5305873558

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Granite Flat Campground, California

The Granite Flat Campground is the furthest campground from Lake Tahoe, just a few minutes from Truckee.  It’s not technically in the Lake Tahoe basin but is still part of the family.

It is also the largest campground of the three along this stretch of the Truckee River. It has 51 total sites that can accommodate a few large motorhomes.  Seven of the sites are walk-to tent sites.

Granite Flat Campground offers partial shade with firs and pines.  The sites are right on the banks of the Truckee River and is a great place for fishing.  You’re close to long biking trails, hiking trails, and a couple miles from Truckee.

The only downside to Granite Flat Campground is its proximity to the highway.  Some of the sites are less than a stone’s throw from the pavement and it can be noisy in peak season, even in the middle of the night.  Despite that, this is the most scenic of the three campgrounds along the Truckee River.

Dogs must be leashed.

Reservations must be made at least two days before arrival and can be made six months in advance.

Activities Near Granite Flat Campground

Mountain biking is a popular activity along the Truckee River.  A difficult trail with great views is the Tahoe City-Truckee Gravel Grinder.  You can start and end this 36-mile ride at your campsite.  When you get closer to Tahoe City, you can access dozens of miles of mountain bike trails for all abilities.

If you prefer to travel by foot, you can hike up to Bald Mountain.  This trail starts at the Sawtooth Trailhead, ten minutes away from Granite Flat Campground, on the other side of the river.  You can create a number of loops from the trails and roads above the Truckee River, from 6 miles to 14 miles.  There are great views from the rim of the canyon.

truckee river
Truckee River. Photo Pixabay.

Both the Truckee River and nearby Donner Lake (also ten minutes away) offer opportunities for fishing, kayaking, rafting, and paddleboarding.

Historic Truckee is only a few minutes away.  Downtown Truckee has a number of great shops, restaurants, and bars.  The Truckee Tavern & Grill is one of the best taverns in town; there’s also Bud’s Ice Cream, Pianeta Italian restaurant, the infamous Squeeze In, and Alibi Ale Works brewery.  Truckee Thursdays is a great street fair during the summer, featuring live music, food trucks, crafts, and a beer garden.

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