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Atwater lies just eight miles to the north of its larger neighboring city, Merced, in the Central Valley of California. Founded in the 1870s, much of Atwater’s history is linked to the railroad as the valley produced food that the metropolitan areas of San Francisco and Los Angeles relied upon. Today the city, along with Merced, serves as a gateway to Yosemite National Park and all of the recreational opportunities in the Sierra Nevada mountains.


Atwater is connected to the park via the Merced County Transit, which operates bus routes into Merced, and the YART system that shuttles tourists from there into Yosemite. This is probably the best method for entering the park during the summer months, when a flood of tourists will preclude you from driving your Atwater RV rental on its narrow roads.


RV Parks Near Atwater


Given Atwater’s smaller population and the abundance of RV parks throughout the Central Valley, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a place to park your Atwater travel trailer rental or RV.


The closest RV park is probably the Castle Air Museum RV Park, adjacent to Merced County Castle Airport. The park only has a few sites, but each includes full hookups and a pass to the museum.  The Merced River Resort is another option, located 15 minutes to the northwest of Atwater along CA-99. Sites have electrical hookups and the park offers laundry facilities and an on-site swimming pool. Ten minutes south of the city is Elks RV Park, which has full hookups at each site and has shower and laundry facilities available if you’re a member.


If you’re willing to stay a little farther away, the Lakes RV & Golf Resort near Chowchilla is another good option. As the name suggests, it is attached to an 18-hole golf course. Sites also include full hookups, a swimming pool and spa, tennis courts, and picnic tables on the lake. There’s also Santa Nella RV Park, about 45 minutes to the southwest. While it is a bit far from Atwater, it’s just a couple miles from Pacheco State Park and the San Luis Reservoir, and O’Neill Forebay, which have excellent watersports opportunities. Sites include full hookups and coin-op laundry facilities.


On the city’s south end, there is a Walmart, so if you need a place to park the Atwater rental RV for a night or two, this could be just the place to do it.  You can fuel up your rig at one of the truck stops in town. At these stops, pump spaces are larger than at your typical city station, making it easier for you to maneuver around.


Exploring the City of Atwater


Yosemite will most certainly be the highlight of the trip when you book an RV in Atwater, but why not see some of the great attractions right there in town on the days you’re not visiting the park?


The Castle Air Museum is one of the most popular places to visit. It’s a can’t-miss attraction if you’re in Atwater and is home to a collection of historic military aircraft including the Douglas VC-9C that served as Air Force One for six previous presidents. There’s also the Carnegie Arts Center - just 20 minutes away in Turlock. This art gallery houses rotating exhibits and hosts frequent events with artists from the surrounding area. The Turlock Historical Society Museum is also located in town. The Historical Society Museum is run by a group of dedicated local volunteers and tells the story of the town’s founding and development. You might also want to take a look at the Merced County Courthouse Museum in Merced. The museum is only about 15 minutes away from Atwater and has a variety of exhibits on the history of the area.


If you fancy yourself a wine aficionado you might enjoy a stop at a local winery. Sample some wines, tour the vineyards, and maybe even enjoy one of the wine-themed events typically held during the summer and fall.


Getting Outside Near Atwater


As the gateway to Yosemite, Atwater attracts many outdoor lovers each summer. It’s important to note though, that there are quite a few great things to do in nature before you even get to the park. Great Valley Grasslands State Park is 20 miles away from Atwater and focuses on preserving native grasslands while also offering visitors hiking, boating, and fishing opportunities. There’s also the nearby Merced National Wildlife Refuge, which is made up of over 10,000 acres of land with a few short hiking trails and a five-mile auto loop for wildlife viewing.


If you play golf, and your Atwater motorhome rental vacation involves hitting the links, you’re in luck, because there’s an 18-hole, par 72 course right in town.


If you’re up for an adventure with your Atwater rental motorhome, Yosemite National Park is only two and a half hours to the east of the city. It’s one of America’s most popular parks for a reason, with hundreds of miles of trail traversing some of the most awe-inspiring terrain in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Visit during the shoulder season to avoid the crowds as both the roads and trails get fairly packed in the summer months.

RV Rentals in Atwater, CA

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RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Atwater are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Yosemite National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, and Sequoia National Park.

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Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Mission Peak Loop from Stanford Avenue Staging Area Fremont California
Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail Curry Village California
French Trail and Stream Trail Loop via Skyline Blvd Canyon California
Berry Creek Falls Trail Boulder Creek California
Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail Los Gatos California
Lower Yosemite Falls Trail Mariposa California
Half Dome Trail Mariposa California
PG&E and Coyote Trails Cupertino California
Donner Creek Loop Trail Clayton California
Upper Yosemite Falls Trail Mariposa California

Nearby Campgrounds

The Lakes RV and Golf Resort

campground Chowchilla, CA
If you are looking for an RV park that is well located for the many attractions of central California, and where there is plenty to do on site, then the Lakes RV and Golf Resort in Chowchilla ? around 15 miles from Madera ? can make for a good choice. This park can accommodate just under 90 units, and has great all round facilities for visitors to enjoy, as well as key amenities such as big rig access, pull-thru sites, water, electric, sewer and free Wi-Fi access. A number of lakeside pitches are available. The park has a clubhouse, a swimming pool and a spa, all of which are conveniently located by the central water feature. Visitors can play golf at the Pheasant Run Golf Club, and this is offered on a complimentary basis for two persons. There are also lighted tennis courts, as well as facilities for playing volleyball, basketball and horseshoes.

The Merced River RV Resort

campground Delhi, CA
The Merced River RV Resort near Turlock, California is a great place for campers and their recreational vehicles. The beautiful campground is located on the Merced River. The staff at the resort is devoted to their guests, and they take care of any hassles while their guests have fun. They are experts on resorts and camping, so they anticipate and avoid problems before they happen. The sites have full hook-ups for RVs. There are accommodations for pull-thru and back-in RV?s. Electric hookups are available for 20,30, and 50 amps. Free Wi-Fi and satellite TV are also available for residents. Most sites benefit from the shade of large oak trees.The park is open year round, for the weather is almost always excellent. The park has many amenities for the guests, and the area offers many opportunities for exciting excursions. Visitors will find spectacular hiking trails close by, and there are rafting opportunities on the Merced River

Thousand Trails - Turtle Beach Fish Camp

campground Manteca, CA
When looking for the ideal RV campground for a weekend of fishing and relaxation in the greater San Francisco Bay area, the Thousand Trails Turtle Beach Fish Camp in Manteca, California, should be right at the top of the list. Situated on the banks of the San Joaquin River, Turtle Beach Fish Camp is a peaceful, scenic retreat for any family or individual wanting to get their piece of the great outdoors. Offering RV sites with full hook ups and shady tented camping areas close to the river, Turtle Beach Fish Camp is a great place to relax on the sand at the water's edge, or enjoy fishing and boating on the river. The RV sites are nicely spaced with green grass in between, and a picnic table for each site. Set in the heart of California?s beautiful Modesto region, Turtle Beach Fish Camp has great access to local amenities and attractions in nearby Manteca, Modesto and Stockton.

Casswell Memorial State Park

campground Ripon, CA
RVs under 24-feet, and trailers under 21-feet can be accommodated at the Casswell Memorial State Park, as can tents. This lovely site gives visitors an opportunity to enjoy being outdoors, and to participate in a range of activities. These include fishing, river swimming, geocaching, hiking and cycling. There are hiking and cycling trails to explore, and, if you are keen on watching wildlife, there are opportunities for nature and wildlife watching. The site is a wonderful place to park up and enjoy a totally different experience. Here, nature takes over, and you can relax as you watch the Stanislaus River flow through the park, and, perhaps, sit on a beach area and take a paddle in the river to cool off. Being California, it does get pretty hot here during the summer months, so be prepared, and, given that this is a park with lots of woodland and trees, also be prepared to encounter mosquitos and other insects.

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