A bumper sticker in town
reads: "North Fork, California. Centrally isolated." At
an elevation just above 2,600 feet, the town sits six miles from
Bass Lake and 40 minutes from the southern entrance to Yosemite
National Park. A few miles outside North Fork is the exact center
of the state, a point finally settled with the help of modern
technology a decade ago.
North Fork -- named for
its position on Willow Creek -- was the original territory of Mono
Indians, hunter-gatherers who traded with other American Indians
in Central California. North Fork riches stem from its mining
history during the gold rush, then the bustling lumber industry
now is a best kept secret for great outdoor vacations.
As the natural setting for
Spielberg's Mouse Hunt and countless other flicks, this area is a
unique niche in the Sierra foothills. Nork Fork's undulating
beauty lay at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains in
a Sierra National Forest populated by cedars, pines, and oaks.