Recommended hiking trails in the Wawona area:
Wawona Meadow Loop
An easy three mile trail loops around the Wawona golf course and meadow habitat. Mostly level, this trail is great for visitors of all ages and provides an opportunity to see flora and fauna such as snowplant, wildflowers, mule deer, and great gray owls. The trailhead begins across the Wawona Road near the back of the Wawona Hotel and ends at the Wawona golf course.
This eight mile round-trip day hike will take you to one of Yosemite's glorious waterfalls. With an elevation gain of 2,000+ feet, this strenuous hike begins at the trailhead two miles down the Chilnualna Falls Road in Wawona.
A moderately easy hike to one of Yosemite's best swimming holes, the trail to Swinging Bridge is five miles round-trip and begins on Forest Road (next to the store) in Wawona.
Mariposa Grove Outer Loop
Though the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is closed for restoration until 2017, visitors can catch a glimpse of the big trees on the Outer Loop Trail. The grove beyond the Outer Loop Trail is closed, and all other trails within the grove are closed. This is a challenging 12 mile round-trip hike from Wawona Hotel to Mariposa Grove.