"Nestled in an aged grove of oaks, you’ll find plenty to do around Fern Basin Campground: just enough rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking trails to keep everyone happy. The best part about this spot (other than the killer camp vibes, of course)? There’s a grocery store just a few miles away, so you can make those last minute whiskey runs. But seriously, this spot is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of life, with forested beauty all around. You’ll want to bottle that fresh mountain air and take it home cause it’s so damn good."
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
15 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Bikers can hit all the roads in this forest. We recommend the Arctic Canyon Overlook for the experienced cyclists looking for a...Read more


When the weather just gets too hot, there’s no better place to take refuge than in the San Bernardino National Forest. There ar...Read more


Looking to cast a line? You can, in several lakes and many of the streams! Big Bear Lake is famous for the annual May Trout Cla...Read more


With all of the high peaks and mountain ranges here, there are many moderate and difficult hikes in this forest. Hiking the San...Read more

Horseback riding

Horseback riding is allowed on all National Forest trails-- that means you can venture through all of the wilderness areas, inc...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Get those wheels dirty and head on over to San Bernardino to get away from city traffic. Popular runs include John Bull, Holoco...Read more


The San Gorgonio Wilderness is the perfect place to go mountain climbing, which must be why it’s so popular! Jepson Peak offers...Read more

Snow sports

Your opportunities for national forest fun are endless in the winter. You can find skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, snow...Read more


Swimmers can jump right into Big Bear Lake and some of the Lake Arrowhead lakes, where you can spend the day in the water or do...Read more

Wildlife watching

You can spot wildlife just about everywhere, with the usual raccoons and squirrels, woodland creatures left and right, along wi...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Fern Basin Campground.

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Hipcamper Brad
Brad D.
recommends this listing.
July 11th, 2017

14 and 15 best spots.

Hipcamper Randall
Randall G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 23rd, 2017

A lot of small sites; especially on the inner loop. Sites 4, 14 & 15 are the better ones. If you're going to get something on the inner loop, 8 isn't too bad either.
All in all, I like this campground.

Hipcamper Dani
Dani D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 16th, 2015

Nice spot here with some hiking trails nearby. You sleep below the trees which is lovely. A bunch of the campgrounds face the middle and are a little close to each other, and there's limited parking if there are lots of cars in your group. Check if you can use fire here before going (but if you can't there's a great outdoors/climbing/hiking store in town not far away).

Hipcamper Christian Z.
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November 7th, 2018
Hipcamper Jose V.
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November 17th, 2017
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September 7th, 2017
Hipcamper Randall G.
recommends this listing.
June 23rd, 2017
San Bernardino National Forest
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33.79° N, 116.738° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 15 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)