North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve
Table Mountain, officially known as the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, is a beautiful mesa above the city of Oroville that serves up a jaw-dropping spring wildflower bloom, breathtaking Northern California waterfalls, and a chance to hike through a truly unique natural area just outside of Oroville. Formed by ancient lava flows, the underlying basalt rock holds water, resulting in stunning vernal pools and dramatic waterfalls like ephemeral, but spectacular, Phantom Falls. Grab a kite, a picnic basket or a water bottle and some hiking shoes and plan to spend a day at Table Mountain.
Recreation & Amenities
Table Mountain is open year-round for wildlife and wildflower viewing as well as hiking. The trails are rocky and uneven and largely exposed, so sturdy closed-toe shoes, water bottles, and sun protection are highly recommended when visiting.
A CDFW Lands Pass must be carried by each visitor who is 16 years of age or older, however, visitors who are carrying a valid California hunting or fishing license in their name are exempt from this requirement. Lands passes may be purchased on-line, by phone at (800) 565-1458, or in-person at locations wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Lands passes cannot be substituted for Wildlife Area Hunting Passes, which are required for adult hunters on Type-A and Type-B wildlife areas.
Other Trip Tips
- Make sure to help keep the reserve clean by picking up after yourself, packing out all trash, and following other Leave No Trace principles
- Dogs on leash are allowed
- Trash cans and restrooms are available only at the parking lot, so plan accordingly
- Stay on established trails, or travel on durable surfaces (like rocks or packed dirt) when off-trail travel is needed
- Don't pick or walk on the wildflowers
- Respect the grazing cattle by staying at least 300 feet away from them at all times.
- Drones are not allowed on the reserve
Parking is available in a gravel lot on the west side of Cherokee Road. The lot has a limited number of spaces, so please plan to arrive early for the best opportunities to park.
No parking on the pavement is allowed along the paved portion of Cherokee Road, beginning approximately 3.0 miles north of the intersection of Oregon Gulch Road (large parking turnout near the crest of Cherokee Road) to Derrick Road (map). Vehicles parking on the shoulder must be parked completely off the pavement; violators are subject to tow.
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- Exit at Grand Ave (Exit 48)
- Go East (right) on Grand Avenue for 1 mile
- Turn left on Table Mountain Blvd for a tenth of a mile
- Turn right on Cherokee Road - 6.3 miles north to the reserve
- Official access is through a small parking lot on the west side of Cherokee Road