Campgrounds in Inyokern, California

Campgrounds in Inyokern, California
Inyokern is a small town in south-central California, about 90 miles from Bakersfield. For campers, it offers a variety of outdoor opportunities. The town is flanked on the west by Sequoia National Forest and to the east by Death Valley National Park. That puts some of the world's tallest trees and one of America's starkest deserts within the same 60-mile radius, with Inyokern in the middle.

Kennedy Meadows Campground

Kennedy Meadows is a Sequoia National Forest campground. Despite the postal address, the campground is located north of town off U.S. 395 near Pearsonville. Kennedy Meadows is for those who want something between the developed campground and the back-country camping experiences. The campground is in a sage brush and pine forest, and offers 38 RV and tent sites. However, the campground is only semi-developed. There are no hookups and no showers, with vault toilets and water taps the only services available.

Kennedy Meadows Campground
Inyokern, CA 93527
(559) 784-1500
gis.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia/recreation/campgrounds.html

Lake Isabella KOA

The KOA offers tent sites, RV sites and rental "kamping kabins." There are two tent areas in the campground, and all sites feature shade trees, picnic tables and fire rings. Camping facilities include a camp store with LP gas and firewood sales, public kitchen, shower house and coin laundry. Other amenities include courts for volleyball and horseshoes, tetherball, bicycle rentals, an outdoor swimming pool, recreation room, pub, playground and pet area. The KOA also hosts activities like Friday night ice cream socials and Sunday morning pancake breakfasts. The KOA is about 25 miles west of Inyokern.

Lake Isabella KOA
15627 Highway 178
Weldon, CA 93283
(760) 378-2001
lakeisabellakoa.com

Main Dam Campground

The Main Dam Campground is a Sequoia National Forest facility on the shores of Lake Isabella, about 30 miles from Inyokern. The campground is fairly undeveloped, with only water taps and a mix of flush and vault toilets on the premises. There are no hookups for the 82 joint campsites, meant for tents and RVs. The Main Dam is by Lake Isabella, but there is no direct access to the shores of the lake from the campground.

Main Dam Campground
Lake Isabella, CA 93240
(559) 784-1500
gis.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia/recreation/campgrounds.html

Red Rock Canyon State Park

The Ricardo Campground of Red Rock Canyon State Park is 15 miles south of Inyokern. Set under a wall of desert cliffs, the campground has 50 sites with picnic tables and fire rings. The campground is serviced by pit toilets and water taps. Unlike many state and national parks, the Red Rock State Park sells firewood and also permits campers to bring in outside firewood. On-site outdoor activities include hiking, nature-watching and horseback riding.

Red Rock Canyon State Park
East Kern, CA
(661) 231-4389
parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=631

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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