About North Fork, California
North Fork, a charming community nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California, offers residents and visitors a serene escape amidst stunning natural beauty. Located approximately 50 miles north of Fresno, North Fork sits at an elevation of 2,653 feet and is surrounded by lush forests, rugged peaks, and pristine wilderness.
The town’s name is derived from its location at the northern fork of Willow Creek, a tributary of the San Joaquin River. This picturesque setting provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and camping in nearby destinations such as the Sierra National Forest and Bass Lake.
North Fork’s small-town charm is evident in its historic downtown area, where visitors can explore quaint shops, cafes, and galleries housed in charming buildings dating back to the Gold Rush era. The town also hosts events and festivals throughout the year, celebrating its heritage and fostering a sense of community among residents. According to the 2024 census, it has a population of 3,279.