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SoCal Camping

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· Kernville, Tulare, California
20 acres hosted by Rachel A.
26 lodging sites
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The cabins are situated in The Sequoia National Forest, overlooking the majestic rapids of the Kern River. Come and hike, bike, dip in the river, or simply kick back and take in the 360 of sky scrapping mountains (even glimpse Mount Whitney!) At once a silver mine along the Kern River, now converted to a fun recreation spot for adventure seekers
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65 ratings · 30 reviews
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Sarah C.recommends
June 3, 2024
E4 Large Family Tent (9209)
E4 Tent, Do your research.
Before looking for glamping site, first define what is Glamping to you. For my group, we were looking for a place with a bed, hot shower, toilet, and internet but still feel like camping and Socal Camping had it. After doing research, we read that electricity is not available at our site (E tents), so we made sure to bring battery pack(s), especially in this technology era where devices had became a necessity. That being said, there are outlets in the common area by the coffee station (hot water available, covered sitting area, table, benches, and corn hole). Outlets are first come first serve. The tents have solar powered outdoor mood lighting, we highly suggest to bring lamps if you require more light. Has a fire pit and you are able to purchase fire wood from the host or at the lodge across the street (make sure to bring cash, ice also available at the lodge). We brought our own kitchen wares, cooler, and stove as the listing said its not provided. We brought extra table. You are able to cook on the fire pit, however the grill on our pit is mangled so we recommend to bring your own if you plan to do some grilling. No shade in the E area, some other tents have (closer to the bathroom). 4 toilets, 3 showers, and alway kept clean and stocked. Cart provided to move things around as dirt parking is across the street, loading/unloading is near common area. If camping in summer, bring fan or extra shade. All in all we had a great time and the hosts were nice to us.
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Crystal E.recommends
May 29, 2024
D5 Family Tent (1143)
Tent D5
Hello the tent was clean, the beds and pillows were super comfy! The bathrooms and showers were great! Nice hot water, great water pressure and bathrooms were well maintained. Towels were offered and clean! This tent has a California king and a twin. Perfect for 3 people, it me, my partner and my 8 year old daughter.
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Greg L.doesn't recommend
September 11, 2023
A4 King Tent (6672)
Inaccurate description of the tents
We were in tent A4. Yes, the grounds are well-kept, and the bathrooms are clean. However what they didn't disclose is that there are a few tents that do NOT have a firepit, nor is there wifi available in parts of the grounds. Our tent had shoe prints all over the inside walls. The screen window had a huge tear in it where bugs could get in, and the flaps to keep the entrance open were ripped and broken. We were right underneath a utility pole with a transformer. Our view was the back of another tent cabin... despite what they say, there's no USB or outlets in the tents - we asked others with the same problem. Our lights didn't work, either. We asked to be moved to a tent that wasn't underneath the utility pole and where there might be wifi and we just got a "nope sorry." All the pictures of cabins and tents on the grounds do not accurately reflect their condition, location, and amenities. Very disappointed with our supposed "glamping" experience here.
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Serena T.recommends
August 5, 2023
A5 Family Tent (2717)
Very clean, well organised and comfortable. Lovely view across the river.
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Jeiran L.
August 5, 2023
D4 Family Tent (8898)
Pretty Setting, Slightly stressful
The setting is beautiful and clean by the Kern River. The showers and bathrooms are kept very clean and stocked with supplies. The tent was very comfortable and linens were spotless. There are a few drawbacks in the heat of summer, there aren't any shade structures on the property where you would be cooking and eating. Our tent's fly screen was broken so it was hard to air it out to cool off. We were in one of the lucky units that has a fan though so that was helpful. One major drawback is that there is no parking on the property and we did not know this ahead of time. It was just our group of three families while we were there and we still had to park across the street and with kids it's really hard to keep having to go back and forth in that heat to get things from the car. Some of the tents have trees around but ours did not so we had to leave every day to go someplace cooler to hang out/relax. One other draw back is that the people that live on the property/manage it are pretty stressed it seems. The owner monitors them via cameras and then they would come complain to us about where our cars were, why our kids were playing on a dirt pile (ummm, they are kids) etc. I would not go back with kids as I don't think they are used to having them onsite. There is one shaded cooking area on the far side of the property and a lounge but if the property is full it would maybe make it hard to access if someone else was there first. It's a great spot location. Maybe eat out.
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Marisa W.
July 28, 2023
A5 Family Tent (2717)
No Shade, bad parking
The bathrooms and showers were very clean. The entire facility is well maintained. However, the people who work there were more interested in telling us what to do than in customer service, as if the guests are obstacles to getting their work done. I was barked at because they had not updated a change I made to a reservation several weeks ago. As the host seemed frustrated with me, when I arrived she did not explain anything about the site, any rules, where anything is located. She did not mention that I could have access to an electrical outlet in my tent (I did not know until the last day), or offer a fan, or tell me that I needed to move my car across the street because there is no parking anywhere near your tent. Not a deal breaker, but would have been helpful to know in advance (i.e. in the listing) and then before I was yelled at for not knowing where to move my car. It is always very hot in this area during the summer and there is almost no shade. It would not cost much to put up some shade sails, especially near the large tables where our group made meals and ate. Only 1 of the bbqs was usable, but the grills didn't fit properly, so bring your own camp stove.
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Kernville, Tulare, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Tübatulabal First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Rachel A.Joined in March 2021
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