San Bernadino County Campgrounds

San Bernardino, California

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The San Bernardino Mountains span the county from east to west, dividing it roughly in half. The southern part of the county is fertile and populated, while the north is sparsely inhabited desert. In between, the mountains provide a welcome, forested alternative to both. Three large lakes—Big Bear, Arrowhead, and Silverwood—embellish the mountains and the San Bernardino National Forest, the region’s most prominent outdoor recreation area. In the eastern part of the county, the Rim of the World Scenic Byway follows the crest of the mountains, offering spectacular views at almost every turn. Beginning as California 38 at Mill Creek Ranger Station about 9 miles east of San Bernardino, the byway climbs and winds its way through marvelous scenery for 107 miles, including along the shores of Big Bear and Silverwood Lakes. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Mojave Narrows Park, Hesperia Lake Park, Mojave River Forks, Applewhite, Glen Helen Park, Barton Flats, Council, San Gorgonio, Oso and Lobo, South Fork, Heart Bar, Heart Bar Equestrian, Coon Creek Cabin, Juniper Springs, Green Canyon, Tanglewood, Holcomb Valley, Serrano, Pineknot, Buttercup, Cold Brook, Boulder, Deer, Gray's Peak, Hanna Flat, Ironwood, Big Pine Horse Camp, Big Pine Flat, Bluff Mesa, Shady Cove, Green Valley, Crab Flat, Tent Peg, North Shore, Dogwood, Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, Prado Regional Park, and Yucaipa Regional Park.
Camping Southern California

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Camping Southern California

by Richard McMahon (Falcon Guides)

The San Bernardino Mountains span the county from east to west, dividing it roughly in half. The southern part of the county is fertile and populated, while the north is sparsely inhabited desert. In between, the mountains provide a welcome, forested alternative to both. Three large lakes—Big Bear, Arrowhead, and Silverwood—embellish the mountains and the San Bernardino National Forest, the region’s most prominent outdoor recreation area. In the eastern part of the county, the Rim of the World Scenic Byway follows the crest of the mountains, offering spectacular views at almost every turn. Beginning as California 38 at Mill Creek Ranger Station about 9 miles east of San Bernardino, the byway climbs and winds its way through marvelous scenery for 107 miles, including along the shores of Big Bear and Silverwood Lakes. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Mojave Narrows Park, Hesperia Lake Park, Mojave River Forks, Applewhite, Glen Helen Park, Barton Flats, Council, San Gorgonio, Oso and Lobo, South Fork, Heart Bar, Heart Bar Equestrian, Coon Creek Cabin, Juniper Springs, Green Canyon, Tanglewood, Holcomb Valley, Serrano, Pineknot, Buttercup, Cold Brook, Boulder, Deer, Gray's Peak, Hanna Flat, Ironwood, Big Pine Horse Camp, Big Pine Flat, Bluff Mesa, Shady Cove, Green Valley, Crab Flat, Tent Peg, North Shore, Dogwood, Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, Prado Regional Park, and Yucaipa Regional Park.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: San Bernardino
Campsites: 38 Separate campgrounds
Season: All year, but many only open spring to fall
Local Contacts: San Bernardino National Forest
Topo Map: San Bernadino County Campgrounds Topographic Map
Guide Book: Camping Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

10/8/2010

Great for off road vehicles. We stayed at the Crabs Flats. You need to cross a 3 feet deep 17 feet wide stream to get to the camp. Not recommended for low vehicles. Most high SUV's will make it. There's water in the camp at a walking distance from your site and there are some toilets if you can tolerate the smell. The down side is the noise of the Off Road vehicles that depart early in the morning and come back in the afternoon. Very quiet after 10pm and before 6am (at least when I was there). Fire pits and pic nic tables. This is mostly a Car Tent site. Make reservations on line with at least one month in advance to your trip, the fee is like $18. Bring your own wood if you don't want to spend money on the site. CAUTION: There are two ways to get there. The very rough one and an easier path. Check maps and info with the local ranger. Over all we had a great time.

9/16/2005

We camped at South Fork campground over the weekend and had an amazing time. The campground was the nicest one in the area. It had a lot of shade and a running creek just beside our site. I was also amazed at how much water was still running up there. The nights were a bit cold though. Actually, a bit too cold for our black lab. We had to put him in our sleeping bag after because he started to shiver. Poor thing! Great camp site though. One more thing, be very careful with your food. There is a bear that visits that site every night we were told by the camp host. We didn't hear him, but am not surprised.

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