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The Merced River Trail is an ungroomed, mostly dirt trail that follows the unshaded banks of the Merced River within the Merced River Recreation Area. Ideal for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking, the trail offers many stunning overlooks and great natural scenery.
Approximately half of the route, once the Yosemite Valley Railroad grade, is shared with infrequent automobile traffic from the Briceburg Visitor Center to the Railroad Flat Campground. To the west, the trail is limited to non-motorized traffic. Two other campgrounds—Willow Placer and McCabe Flat—are accessible from the shared trail and road.
Parking for the Merced River Trail is available at the Briceburg Visitor Center. Daily parking is free, but a camping fee of $10 per night applies at any of the three campgrounds. Restrooms are available at the campgrounds.
To reach the Briceburg Visitor Center from Merced, travel east on State Route 140 for approximately 36 miles to the town of Mariposa, then travel 12 miles north on SR 140 to Briceburg. The visitor center will be on the left.
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