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It's hard to get off the beaten track in a state as popular as California. Once you begin to look past the big cities and venture slightly more inland, however, you'll find some hidden gems, one of which is Tahoe National Forest. Sitting along Interstate Route 80, anyone with an RV rental in both California and Nevada will be able to reach these rugged forests of pine, oak, fire, and cedar. In fact, the park is less than a three-hour drive from Sacramento, CA, and less than two hours from Reno, NV.
Tahoe National Forest spans over more than 850,000 acres, and the possibilities for outdoor recreation are endless when you go camping here. From scaling the challenging peak of Sierra Buttes to an afternoon of white-water rafting on the Yuba River, from chasing hidden waterfalls to hiking one of the many historic trails, you're bound to find something you enjoy. So, what are you waiting for? Book an RV in Sierra County today to start your adventures in The Golden State.
Unsurprisingly, one of the main reasons people choose to rent a camper near Tahoe National Forest is to enjoy hiking, biking, or horseback riding holidays. Over 100 trails wind through this vast state park, leading to hidden waterfalls, historic landmarks, and vast reservoirs. It's well worth visiting one of the many visitor centers that are dotted around the forest, especially the substantial center in Nevada City, where the staff will be more than happy to help you to find the perfect trail for your wants and needs. We can't talk about hiking in the Tahoe National Forest without mentioning the Sierra Buttes Trail. Best suited for intermediate and experienced hikers, the trail climbs the Sierra Buttes Mountains for five miles, rising around 1,450 feet, before opening up to stunning views of the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
Water-based recreation is another popular way to pass the time while camping at Tahoe National Forest. Boca Reservoir is one of the largest bodies of water in the forest and should be your first port of call if you're looking for a handy location to spend the day. With around 980 acres of space to play with, its perfect for anyone motorhome camping with their own water-ski, speed boat, or other types of watercraft. In fact, there are little to no limitations on speed limits so that you can go until your heart's content. If kayaking and canoeing are more your styles, you'll want to head to a tributary of the Truckee, American, or Yuba Rivers.
When you can't get enough of the water, make sure you bring your best fishing tackle with you during your Tahoe National Forest camping trip. Whether you stick to the shores of Bowman Lake or venture into the depths of Boca Reservoir, you're guaranteed to leave with a healthy catch of rainbow, brook or brown trout. Avid anglers will also be pleased to know that fishing isn't just reserved for the warmer months. When the lakes freeze over, and visitors disappear, ice-fishing become a hugely popular sport for anyone RV camping at Tahoe National Forest.
There's certainly no shortage of places to park up your rental RV around Tahoe National Forest, especially if you're not too fussy about amenities. You'll find a good number of campgrounds scattered along highway 89 and 49, including the ever-popular Cottonwood Creek Campground. Though primitive in its offerings, each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and a fire pit, along with access to vault toilets and a drinking water tap nearby. Close by to plenty of walking trails, this is an excellent option for any keen hikers who enjoy getting back to basics.
There aren't many modern campgrounds in the park, so you'll have to head back towards Truckee to find sites with hook-ups. Boasting full hook-ups, cable TV signal, free WiFi, and a coin-operated laundry room, the Coachland RV Park panders to every modern convenience. Each of the 133 sites can accommodate vehicles of any size or ability and have unlimited access to the well-maintained washrooms and dump stations. Even better, you're more than welcome to bring your four-legged companion along for the adventure.
When you're in need of a bit of change of pace from the great outdoors, consider popping across the border to Reno, which along with its abundance of casinos, is home to several museums that are worth visiting too. Any car aficionados with Reno camper rental shouldn't miss the chance to visit the National Automobile Museum that showcases a collection of cars spanning from the late 1800s to the present day. With over 200 vehicles to discover and learn about, including cars owned by Elvia Presley, Frank Sinatra and JFK, it's worth setting aside an afternoon to explore this museum to its full extent.
For something a little more family-friendly, The Terry Lee Wells Discovery Center will be the perfect place for you. Operating mainly as a science museum, but also as an exhibition center, both adults and children alike will be entertained here. Let the little ones run wild and satisfy their creative urges through the hands-on exhibitions and workshops, while parents peruse the fascinating exhibits that rotate regularly.
If you haven't quite had enough of the great outdoors, a visit to the Wilbur D May Center might just be on the cards. Comprising of a museum, arboretum, botanical garden, and children's park, there's no end of things to see here. A visit to the museum will have you learning about the man the center is named after, Wilbur D May, an adventurist and explorer during the 19th century, while the gardens showcase a diverse collection of flora from all over the world.