Stanislaus River - Knights Ferry to McHenry Recreation Area

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Stanislaus River - Knights Ferry to McHenry Recreation Area is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oakdale, CA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and canoeing and is accessible year-round.

1.7 miles 265 feet Loop
kid friendly canoeing hiking river
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Jenna Feagin
18 days ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

Nothing too exciting.

Jenna Feagin
18 days ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

Bianca Figueroa
24 days ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

Sean Turner
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

kayla najar
1 month ago

7 Completed0 Reviews

Priscilla Piacentini
2 months ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Beautiful... Great trail

Priscilla Piacentini
2 months ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Great trail so beautiful

Brittaney Garber
2 months ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

It was nice, the directions on the map took us to this sketchy dead end road with lots of stray kitties and a locked fence.. I never found the "oak dale" trail head, but I just drive the extra 20 minutes to Knights Ferry and started there. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL I had my dog with me and we went in the morning, it was about noon when we left and it was just starting to get crowded.. There's so much room to wander off and enjoy the outside. We wandered off the main trail and hiked in a couple rough spots, but the river was in plain sight the whole time.. Loved it, free parking and it also had a historical feel with all the plaques and houses to look at!

Jose Soto
2 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

nice scenery

Bekah Goldman
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Stuart Meyers
3 months ago

9 Completed2 Reviews

Great hike for the family

Gabriela Barraza
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Gary Sims
5 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Aneasy get away, great for the whole family. You can customiz the length of time on the river by your put-in point and the river flow. Be on the river by 10 am for best results. Easy access everywhere. It is a safe river. Wear a life vest. If the water temperature Is below 60 degrees, wear a wet suit. IT IS A VERY CLEAN RIVER... PLEASE KEEP IT THAT WAY. Remove your trash. Have fun!

R K.
5 months ago

Knights Ferry never fails to delight. Took a day trip to watch huge salmon from the vehicle bridge as they spawn in the gravel beds of the Stanislaus River below. Upstream above the historic covered bridge and grist mill ruins, we hiked the trail meandering along the river on a sunny breezy fall day, saw an awesome pair of peregrine falcons glide leisurely and low over the river heading downstream.

Jose Soto
5 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Jose Soto
5 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Was a very nice scenery and easy walk would definitely go again. nice water rapids and rocks to climb..

Prisma Solorzano
5 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Jessica Serna
6 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail, easy and not lots of people

Sarah Acosta
6 months ago

21 Completed25 Reviews

It's close to my house so I take my dog here all the time. It's a great place for swimming, floating, rock jumping, rafting, gold paning, picnicking, hiking or just getting outside for the day. There's a covered bridge and some historical stuff to check out as well. There's a few trails to choose from, but all end up at the same place. Overall, there's something for every level of outdoor enthusiasts...

Claire B
1 year ago

44 Completed24 Reviews

I grew up hiking and rafting in Knights Ferry, so to say I know on the back of my hand is an understatement. The hike in Knights Ferry is very easy and short (maybe 2 miles roundtrip?), perfect for anyone of any physical shape and age. Even the raft/float down the Stanislaus is relaxing and mellow, perfect for all ages to enjoy. The best time to visit is in the spring so you can see the rolling green hills, wildflowers, and lighter crowds. The summer is the worst time to visit because the heat can be oppressive and the crowds can be awful because of the hike, rafting, and cliff jumping.