When the mercury rises, soothe that summer sizzle and get outa town. Head up to the South Fork Family campground for your next summer outing and beat the heat at 6400-feet elevation to surround yourself with cooling trees and mountain air. This first-come, first-served campground is perfect for a not too far outdoor getaway from the metropolis of Los Angeles and Riverside Counties. It is nearby the towns of Angeles Oaks and Big Bear City, so you can stock up on last minute supplies once you are there. Just be sure to get there early to score the best spot.
The vibe at South Fork Family Campground
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I grew up in the campground and still love it today! South fork sits along side the head waters of the Santa Ana River and connects back packers to the south fork trail to San Gorgonio.
The sites are perfect for those looking to relax, and has excellent shade coverage thanks to the Incense cedars that flourish in the Santa Ana river's water. Choose a site that sits outward along the loop and you'll get more privacy. Those sitting further back and facing towards the highway (west) will also get the river to themselves.
Great campground, 8/10!
My friend and I decided, on a Saturday morning in the summer, to camp in Big Bear for the weekend. We had hoped to get a first come, first serve site at our go to, Heartbar Campground, but they were booked. Luckily, this campsite had openings. Most of the sites are pretty spread out so you're not right up next to other campers and there is a pretty little creek along one side of the campsite. The only negative would be that it is right next to a highway so there is that constant traffic noise. BUT, loved the site and will be camping there again on our next last minute mountain trip!