Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, Yosemite National Park

National Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Pack your camera, fill up your picnic basket, and head to Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. Surrounded by meadows, this area along the Merced River was named after a bridge that doesn't actually swing but offers picture-postcard views. A rustic trail meanders through the picnic area past picnic tables and fire grills. A paved bike path allows you to ride across to the eastern part of the valley. Note that this is a popular spot and the spacious parking lot fills up quickly as the day advances. Amenities include public restrooms. Plan to see Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA and other attractions that appeal to you using our Yosemite National Park trip builder.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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.....  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Beautiful area to visit and walk on the river bed (in October) during March the river is full of water. Regardless of the time of the year, the view from the bridge is gorgeous.
  • This is a great beach to spend an afternoon in surrounded by the majestic Yosemite mountains. Some picnic tables, BBQ grills and bathrooms. Parking can be a headache but with a little patience we were able to nab a spot. The kids enjoyed "fishing" and searching for "gold" But the best thing about this spot is it's unparalleled beauty.
  • Beautiful views of the waterfall. River is cold but we really enjoyed swimming because it was super hot outside! There’s a couple of beaches where you can lay down as well as a picnic area with barbecues and wooden tables to eat there. Restrooms are also available.
  • 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.
  • Excellent scenic point in the valley, you can have very nice view of Yosemite Falls from this point. Very good picnic area at this point.

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