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Stops on the Way

Authentic Fare and Cowboy Culture in Oakdale

Stock up with cheese, brew and baked goods, then choose your shady picnic spot in this harvest town on the way to Yosemite.

On your way to or from Yosemite, stop in Oakdale, California, to camp along the shores of Woodward Reservoir, have dinner at a brewery, or have a picnic on the beautiful grounds of a cheesemaker or bakery.

Or camp along the shores of Woodward Reservoir, set up your beach chairs along the sandy beach and launch your stand-up paddleboard from one of three boat ramps. 

Waterskiing on Woodward Reservoir near Oakdale, California
Waterskiing on Woodward Reservoir (Photo: Courtesy Visit Oakdale)

Bike enthusiasts can ride along non-congested roads and tour the beautiful Central Valley. Stop into the Oakdale Bike Shop if you need trail suggestions, a new bike shirt or even a tune up. 

Oakdale is Cowboy Country

While you’re in town, check out the Oakdale Cowboy Museum where you can ring cowbells, pick up a branding iron and learn about the valley’s ranching and rodeo traditions.

Cowboy Museum in Oakdale, California
Visit the Cowboy Museum (Photo: Courtesy Visit Oakdale)

Located at 355 East F Street, this small museum in the historic train depot is just steps away from the H—B Saloon, pronounced “H Bar B” by locals and cowboys in the know. With leather booths, cowboy memorabilia covering the walls and strong drinks, it’s no wonder American Cowboy magazine named this saloon on its “Best Cowboy Bars in the West” list.

Then get a selfie in front of the town’s colorful new mural of rows of almond trees and a cowboy riding a horse at 160 North Yosemite Ave on the Hobby Shop wall.

Brew, Cheese and Pie

You can also check out Oakdale’s three breweries, all of which have food trucks that pull up. Grains of Virtue is in a former movie theater with murals that run up and down its walls. It has free, vintage arcade games like Pac Man. Dying Breed Brewing Co., is known for its events and beautifully expansive outdoor space. Last Call Brewing Co., has a hip modern space that is right in Oakdale’s Downtown.

Dying Breed Brewing in Oakdale, California
Dying Breed Brewing in Oakdale, California (Photo: Courtesy of Dying Breed Brewing and Visit Oakdale)

A couple minutes outside of town is the Oakdale Cheese & Specialities, known for its award-winning gouda and its beautiful grounds. Enjoy lunch or freshly baked goods from the market on-site, relax on a grassy lawn under a willow tree and feed their farm animals.  

Oakdale Cheese Factory in California
Oakdale Cheese Factory under the willows (Photo: by Quinn Gagos courtesy Visit Oakdale)

At Bloomingcamp Ranch, a former sheep ranch-turned-bakery, you can pre-order lunch like grilled cheese or baked goods to eat on site or take to-go. Lined by apple orchards, this little gem offers everything from freshly baked cinnamon rolls to a variety of pies.

Bloomingcamp Ranch in Oakdale, California
Apple Turnovers at Bloomingcamp Ranch (Photo: Courtesy Bloomingcamp Ranch and Visit Oakdale)

For more information:
Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Center
7450 River Road, #6
Oakdale, CA 95361