Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

Southside Drive with picnic sign along the road
Entrance to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area from Southside Drive

Quick Facts

Grill, Picnic Table, Recycling, Restroom, Trash/Litter Receptacles

Located in Yosemite Valley, picnic tables and grills are conveniently located at this scenic spot along the Merced River that offers views of El Capitan.


This picnic area is open from dawn to dusk.

Getting Here

Cathedral Beach Picnic Area is located on Southside Drive, a few miles east of Bridalveil Fall. This area is also accessible via the free Yosemite Valley Shuttle (stop #10).

Rules & Regulations

Picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis (reservations are not available).

Hazards & Warnings

For your safety and that of wildlife:

  • Keep your distance from animals, even if they approach you.
  • Never feed wild animals.
  • Dispose of trash in bear-proof trash cans or dumpsters.
  • While enjoying your picnic, keep your food, trash, and other scented items within arm's reach.
  • If a bear approaches, yell as loudly as possible to scare the bear away.
  • Yosemite's water can be deceptively dangerous and unforgiving. Visitors are strongly urged to a safe distance from swift-moving or high water, especially in the spring.


The Cathedral Beach Picnic Area features accessible picnic tables with extended tops, accessible restrooms, and grills. 

Yosemite National Park

Last updated: January 11, 2024