Destination guide

All Oakhurst and iron bound

Along the Fresno River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Oakhurst is a residential mountain town known for its small-town charm, rich gold-rush history, and scenic natural beauty. A short drive from Bass Lake and the Sierra National Forest, you'll find plenty of outdoor activities and waterfront recreation in the area, too. Plus, Oakhurst is at the southern end of the scenic Highway 49 – also known as the Gold Country Highway – so your Oakhurst vacation rental will give you easy access to the historic mining towns of northern California.

Things to do

Great outdoors and great indoors in Oakhurst

The 1,300,000-acre Sierra National Forest is a short drive from Oakhurst, and hiking and camping are major activities in the area. Closer to town, the Fresno Flats Historical Village and Park offers a glimpse at local life during the 19th century, and the complex also holds regular events. Looking for something a little boozier? With plenty of nightlife destinations to choose from, Oakhurst has you covered – the Oakhurst Spirits distillery serves up whiskeys, brandies, and other potent potables in a rustic space with a wild-west vibe. It hosts regular live music, and you can browse local artists' work at the on-site gallery.

Activities

Say Fres-yes to Oakhurst

It might look like a little acorn, but you'll quickly discover that Oakhurst is plenty mighty. Just a few miles away, Bass Lake offers ample opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, and sunbathing, and the Fresno River is a popular spot for rafting and kayaking, too. Winter visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and there's lots of downhill skiing and snowboarding available in the nearby Sierra Nevadas. After a day full of outdoor exploration, you can always check out the town's museums and nightlife destinations, or take a leisurely drive along Highway 49.

Weather

Get a warm, warm welcome in Oakhurst

Oakhurst has a Mediterranean climate, which means summers are dry and warm, while winters are usually mild and wet. July and August are the hottest months, with average highs in the mid-90s and little or no rainfall. Winters are relatively mild, with highs in the upper 50s in December and January. Since Bass Lake and the Sierra Nevada mountains are so close, summer is Oakhurst's busiest season. The lower winter temperatures bring lower prices, too, so if you're looking to snag a deal on an Oakhurst vacation rental, a visit during the colder months might be a good idea.

Natural features

Head for the (foot)hills in Oakhurst

Set a comfortable 2,274 feet above sea level, Oakhurst lies amid the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, along the plateau of the Fresno River. (Oakhurst used to be called Fresno Flats, if that gives you any idea of the area's layout.) Just a few miles from your Oakhurst vacation rental, the Sierra National Forest offers more than a million acres of pristine natural beauty. Here, you'll find everything from old growth forests to alpine meadows, and the park's wooded slopes are home to coyotes, black bears, and mule deer.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Oakhurst

Fly into Mariposa, CA (RMY-Mariposa-Yosemite), the closest airport, located 24.3 mi (39.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Fresno, CA (FAT-Fresno Yosemite Intl.), which is 39 mi (62.7 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Oakhurst?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 605 vacation rentals near Oakhurst. From 332 Houses to 207 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Oakhurst for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Oakhurst?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Oakhurst:

  • West Village: 46 vacation rentals
  • Granite Ridge: 81 vacation rentals
  • Sierra Cedars: 62 vacation rentals
  • Bretz Mountain Village: 35 vacation rentals
  • Musick Ridge: 75 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Oakhurst?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Oakhurst. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fresno Flats Historical Park: 630 vacation rentals
  • Golden Chain Theater: 644 vacation rentals
  • Children's Museum of the Sierra: 632 vacation rentals
  • Nelder Grove Trail: 783 vacation rentals
  • Sierra Fly Fisher Tours: 632 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Oakhurst listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Oakhurst?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 332 Houses in Oakhurst. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Oakhurst include:

  • Cabins: 207 rentals available
  • Cottages: 207 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 207 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Oakhurst?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 56 vacation rentals with pool available in Oakhurst. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.