Oakhurst, California is located in the central Sierra Nevada mountains just 14 miles from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Oakhurst is the largest of the mountain communities boasting a population of around 18,000. Oakhurst (originally known in the 1850’s as Fresno Flats) has experienced a great deal of growth in the last two decades fueled in no small part by its generally mild climate and its ample opportunities for recreation. Oakhurst is the southern most point of historic Highway 49, California’s Golden Chain.
The “Talking Bear” has been watching over the town of Oakhurst and surrounding communities since his installation in 1965. The “Talking Bear” is located on the corner of Road 426 and Highway 41. He is Oakhurst’s most famous landmark. The “Talking Bear” has been the focal point of thousands of photos over the years. Push the button and hear the big fiberglass bear actually speak to you about the history of the California Grizzly and remind you to respect and preserve the National Forest and it’s wildlife.
Oakhurst was once the home of the Mi Wok, Mono and Chuckchansi native people who lived and flourished, surrounded by the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada mountains and its rolling, oak and pine covered foothills. But that all changed in the mid 1800’s with the influx of miners in search of riches during the California gold rush.
Oakhurst Area Schools
Oakhurst Elementary School (OES) is a K-5th elementary school. The school is located at 49495 School Road 427 in Oakhurst. OES is the largest of the elementary schools in the Bass Lake Joint Union School District.
Oak Creek Intermediate School (OCI) provides classes for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The school is located just a short way from OES at 40094 Indian Springs Road. It is also a part of the Bass Lake Joint Union School District.
The State Center Community College District operates the Oakhurst Center which offers a wide variety of courses including vocational and traditional degree programs.
The central valley city of Fresno is the home to California State University, Fresno. Fresno State, as the locals call it, is known for its strong academic programs and for its ardent sports fans. Fresno state is the home of the Bulldogs.