Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA

Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA

Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA
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Southside Drive, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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RoP
Los Angeles, CA28 contributions
One of the most beautiful places on our earth! It looks like a postcard. There is a view of the waterfall in front of your with its picture relected in the calm clear river water flowing beneath you. There are trees on both sides and fields, serene green fields. You can stand on the bridge and feel one with nature or sit at either side of the river and enjoy. the tranquility. There are picnic tables on one of the sides of the river, a small parking area, and a bathroom. It is about a ten-minute walk from the Yosemite Valley Lodge.
Written 31 March 2022
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WanderingWithUsTwo
Phoenix, AZ737 contributions
We came across this particular spot a few years ago during our first visit. The name of the location comes from a bridge that takes you over the water to access the other side of the riverbank. Despite the name it is actually anchored into the ground so there’s no need to fear that it may swing. Because of this higher viewpoint over the water it also provides for some nice photo opportunities. This location also provides area along the water for people to set up chairs to lounge and walk into the water via the small beaches. There are spots with wooden tables that are first come first serve so if you want to bring out your food and stay here for the day it is also an option. They offer a couple of non-flush restrooms here which is good if you’ll be spending a long time here. This water is very cold but you will still see a lot of people getting in and cooling off, especially during the summer months. If you would rather not get in all the way but still want to enjoy the streams of the park and lounge there are also options to raft through the river between 10AM-6PM. This varies depending on the daily current so it’s best to check in with park officials to see the current conditions and assure that your flotation device is good to go. If you do not have any flotation device you can also rent one from the Curry Village Center in the middle of the park. We got to watch the sunset here and really enjoyed the peace and quiet and recommend this place to come visit between hikes to cool off!
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Written 16 June 2020
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ELKW
United States11,537 contributions
There are some picnic tables, it's a good place to have picnic, there is a wooden bridge, when you walked on the bridge, you can have the view of the Yosemite falls, this place gives you a view that have water in front of the Yosemite falls, because there is a lake, this view is different from what you see the falls in the meadow where is no water in front of the fall, of course if you have time, you should see the falls in different views, different angles, but this view (with water in front of the falls) won't make you disappointed.
Written 10 May 2020
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Claire K
Hove, UK1,208 contributions
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Yet again we’ve been blown away by just how beautiful California is-especially now at Yosemite. You can’t begin to explain how incredible this park is-words just don’t describe the feeling you get-standing here in a total wonder of nature. Breathtaking eyeachingly stunning. A piece of Heaven.
Written 3 March 2020
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Steve
Santa Fe, NM67 contributions
This is very accessible from the road. We were there in early November and parking was available, but November was an off time.

If you go from April through October, be sure to take advantage of the free shuttle system; as driving and parking would be a major issue.
Written 7 November 2019
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Paprika
San Francisco, CA72 contributions
Couples
Majestic scenery! Park was very crowded and parking was pretty full by 10 am on a week day. Also, the free shuttles were very crowded. Otherwise, it was a spectacular experience!!!
Written 31 July 2019
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DawgExplorer
Dalton, GA2,548 contributions
Family
The swinging bridge does not swing at all. The water was very high when we visited in early June due to the snow melt. The walk was nice over the river and then around the water's edge to the other side of the valley.
Written 13 June 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China149,266 contributions
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The Swinging Bridge Picnic Area is a beautiful location within Yosemite Valley. From here, you can enjoy picnics and walking through meadows with excellent valley views. This is where we found some of the most beautiful areas for photography in Yosemite National Park.

During our April visit, the Merced was flowing nicely creating fair sized body of water that acted as a perfect reflection lake, capturing the entire north side ridge of the valley. With blue skies, the views in the early morning were remarkable.

We particularly enjoyed the views from the Swinging bridge (mind you, it is a fixed bridge that doesn't swing). This is where we took our most memorable photographs in the direction of Yosemite Falls which was within perfect view from this location.

We also enjoyed walking around the trails in this area through meadows that ran along the Merced River. Just a truly beautiful area.

Note that there is a fair sized parking lot with toilet facilities that you can access from the Southside Drive. There was plenty of parking during our early morning visit. However, later in the day when we passed by again, the lot was full with numerous vehicles waiting for parking space here.
Written 17 May 2019
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860SusanB860
Rockwall, TX3,158 contributions
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The Swinging Bridge doesn't really swing but this area is still a great place for a walk or a picnic. There are plenty of places to sit, relax and enjoy the views. We spotted a herd of mule deer here one afternoon - very cool!
Written 25 April 2019
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DonLincolnshire
Lincolnshire132 contributions
Family
Good place to stop and walk onto the bridge for a distant view of upper Yosemite Falls. If the water is calm you'll get a nice reflection. Lots of space and table here for a picnic.
Written 3 April 2019
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