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The best camping near Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

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Experience the proud history of California鈥檚 first town founded by African Americans.

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Lucky Dog Ranch with Pickleball

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents6 acres 路 Exeter, CA
We live on this 6 acres of beautiful land with a large variety of trees and plants. It also features a small beach and a Pickleball court free to use. Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills on route to Sequoia National Park makes our location very convenient. We are 5 minutes from great restaurants and 45 minutes from Sequioa National Park.
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River Ridge Ranch -722 acres

12 sites 路 Lodging, Tents722 acres 路 Springville, CA
Swimming in North Fork Tule River, miles of hiking trails on ranch. River Ridge goes from 1,000' elev. to 3,000' elevation. Hike right on the ranch. We are between Sequoia National Park (about an hour) and the Giant Sequoia National Monument (16 miles to groves up Hwy 190 and no entrance fee). Choose from individual tent sites, group tent sites, tiny cabins. the 5-acre Compound or the Entire Ranch. There are 33 giant sequoia groves in our Southern Region of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, some easily driven to, and some remote. Our ranch is a nature preserve and an education demonstration site, teaching sustainable and regenerative land use practices. River Ridge Institute, our non-profit, hosts a variety of events for the public. Please note: you are expected to leave the ranch and kitchen area as you found it, i.e., dishes washed thoroughly and dried and put away, recycling separated from trash, food scraps in compost buckets, sticky marshmallow removed from forks and surfaces (ick!). Thank you. Enjoy: The Kitchen has a 3-burner cooktop, large fridge, microwave, full dishes and utensils and pots and pans with a big washing area in the back. Propane barbecue grill.. There's a River Barn to use as a remote space and Turtle Cove for swimming. Saturday morning Farmer's Market in downtown at 9 AM - Noon. Ancestral land of the Foothill Yokuts tribe. Homesteaded in 1859, owned by the Negus family from 1909-2000. Barbara and I bought it to save it from subdivision and it's now protected by a Conservation Easement and acts as a community center for the arts, music, poetry, gatherings and outdoor education. We're both biologists, so, just ask us. Please see the Rules and Safety section to review our Waiver of Liability.
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The Squattage in the Sequoia National Forest!

1 site 路 Lodging1 acre 路 California Hot Springs, CA
It鈥檚 a newly constructed little cottage that a Sasquatch would call home, that鈥檚 why we call it the Squattage! Our guests love the history of our Village and surrounding areas, the wildlife, serenity, and friendly folks, we hope you do too! Learn more about this land: Beautiful new A-frame, high-end fit and finish! Features include a sleeping loft! The downstairs has a daybed with a trundle, a sitting area, an indoor potty and a nice breakfast bar! It鈥檚 so relaxing, romantic, and just as fabulous as can be! The hot outdoor shower has a beautiful view of the trees and sky! The large front porch is perfect for relaxing or planning the day's adventure! All solar powered. There鈥檚 a propane fire pit to cook on or enjoy, propane is available for $35 or you can bring your own. Peaceful Village, beautiful views, park-like setting! Lots of wildlife to see! Beds have high-end bedding, nicer than the hotels! Towels and washcloths are provided for the shower. We even have a few games for you to play to add to your stay at the Squattage! HEY FOLKS! The weather is beautiful, come on up! Spoil yourself and spend some time in our neck of the woods, you deserve it! BOOK NOW BEFORE SOMEONE BEATS YOU TO IT!! Hope to see you soon! PS, we now have Star Link Wi-Fi!! Come on up and be a part of our community! Our Village has begun having craft shows on the first Saturday of every month, lots of great things for purchase! We attend and sell many beautiful items including exotic custom rings, don鈥檛 miss out! Items will be available for you to purchase after you check in馃憤
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Sequoia Viewpoint Oasis

18 sites 路 RVs, Tents4 acres 路 Lindsay, CA
Hi Hipcampers! We have 4 acres overlooking our farmland which has rotating corn, alfalfa and wheat. We offer dry camping for RVs, trailers and tents (at this time, we have just dirt to camp on. We allow you to pick your spot to camp! Our favorite spot would be to camp in the land right behind our backyard where we have a fire pit and access to our pool and backyard of trees, grass and outdoor half-kitchen and bar. We also have swings, a HUGE play area for the kids and it鈥檚 just beautiful to hang out and relax in.
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Rock Rivera Ranch

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents46 acres 路 Lemon Cove, CA
Stunning lake front 46 acre property nestled at the foothill of the Sierra Nevada's, spectacular views of the orchards in the Central Valley, Lake Kaweah complete with marina views, and breathtaking snow-capped mountains. Property boasts a 20 foot seasonal waterfall and creek, sprawling oak trees, and natural, organic beauty. Large enough to host retreats, yoga events, weddings, or that family reunion you have been meaning to plan! Located 20 minutes from Interstate 99 or a short 25 minute drive to Sequoia National Park, this property is a MUST!
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Carrizo National

17 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents2 acres 路 Mc Kittrick, CA
Enjoy the wonders of Carrizo National Park. Home to the largest Soda Lake with 360 degree views and the super bloom that attracts thousands of people every Spring. Reconnect with nature and escape the noise and pollution of the city. The majestic hills frame a perfect view of the sky so you can experience sunsets, sunrises, full moons, eclipses and starry nights like never before. You may see local wildlife such as mountain lions and elk in the surrounding hills, rabbits and tarantulas in the fields or even hear foxes and coyotes howling in the distance. Driving Instructions: Head toward the middle of 7 Mile Road until you see a Green outhouse building on the south side. Coordinates: 35掳17'04.6"N 119掳54'13.7"W聽 Don't forget to walk on the soda lake! It's a short drive just south of the property. There is cell service on the property for most carriers.聽 Please be extra cautious with your campfires. Your Feedback is appreciated and is used to improve future experiences for guests. Thank you!
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Country Comfortable

9 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents13 acres 路 Laton, CA
13 acres in a very secluded location away from city noise. But still just minutes from Hanford where you can find anything you need to shop for.聽 Great camping area on seasonal Kings River. No other houses in view since we are located between 20 acres of almond trees and 30 acres of walnut trees. Very safe location with security in place.聽
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Blue Moon Orchard

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents8 acres 路 Lemon Cove, CA
This place is our sanctuary, our own private slice of heaven.聽 There is an abundance of love and peace here on the farm...even the animals are full of love and affection.聽 Some of the Olive Trees in our Orchard have been here for over 100 years!! The soil is rich and healthy. We use no fertilizers or pesticides preferring to let nature do her thing.Learn more about this land:Camp in our Orchard!聽 We are a small Olive and Citrus orchard and ranch.聽聽There are lots of Olives & Citrus during their seasons. Olives聽Sept-Dec Citrus Dec-May. The Ranch consists of聽Chickens, Sheep, Goats, Cats, and our ranch dog Merlin.聽 2聽miles to Kaweah Lake with fishing boats, patio boats available to rent from the marina. 15 miles to the quaint town of Three Rivers...River Rafting, fishing etc. 20 miles to the Visitor Center of Sequoia National Forest. Near Mineral King hiking trails. 37 miles to The General Sherman.
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Moro Rock View

1 site 路 Lodging17 acres 路 Three Rivers, CA
Stop and stay night in our Upstairs Bed and Bath Studio with toilet and shower. We also have a day camp for use upon request. Our 17-Acre property has a great view of Moro Rock. We are right off Sierra Dr. (Hwy-198) and just 4 miles from the Sequoia National Park. We have parking for car, truck and trailer or boat & RV's. Our Studio B and B has a queen bed and sofa bed, kitchenette, bathroom and shower. Our Day Camp has a picnic table, umbrella, chairs and BBQ.
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Isky Ranch

1 site 路 Tent15 acres 路 Three Rivers, CA
Three Rivers, Ca is a small rural community known as the gateway to the Sequoia National Forest. This piece of property is nestled next to a flowing river, with a lovely area to relax and enjoy the river. The space available is for tent or dry camping. Take a day trip into the park with the convenience of staying
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OrangeRay~Three Rivers

2 sites 路 Lodging1 acre 路 Three Rivers, CA
OrangeRay, home of Pixie's Place Animal Sanctuary & Hospice was founded in 2007, when I left L.A. for the forest by the river to create, and to expand my shamanic pursuits. Being that Three Rivers was home to the socialist Kaweah Colony in the 1800's; which helped in the founding of Sequoia National Park; the area is rich in history. Poet John Muir was enchanted and inspired by this area; Walt Disney fell under her spell as well when he envisioned a "Swiss Chalet" style resort which never came to fruition. The water wars of California began right here; gold rush...right here! "Kaweah" is the name given by the Indians for the sound the Crow makes. Three Rivers literally sits on slabs of quartz crystal, making rock hunting superb! As an energy practitioner, the quartz heightens the healing process; as well as creating an energy vortex. My property sits on an area that was once an Indian village, and then the school house for the children of the pioneers. There was a huge Hare Krishna Colony up here in the 60-70's. As a photographer and filmmaker, the lighting up here is amazing! The night skies literally pulsate with their celestial canopy. A great spot to sky watch as well! The property is not kid friendly, and is not really here for children as much as it is offered for the inner child in adults. WE ARE 420 friendly which is in opposition to most "family" landscapes....so please note this is not personal but I prefer no children xo Also, I prefer no pets, as it disrupts the balance here with the animal residents :)
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Descanso Cabanita

1 site 路 Lodging1 acre 路 California Hot Springs, CA
This is a newly renovated, tiny cabin that is quaint and cozy with its own small front porch. There is an outhouse with a dry flush toilet outside of the cabanita. It is set on a property with a larger host cabin and looks out over the beautiful hills of the Sequoia National Monument. It is ideal for one person, or two who don't mind sharing a small space. It is half a mile from the town/resort of California Hot Springs; currently under renovation (due to re-open in the fall of 2023) by the new owners: Artistree. There are numerous hiking trails and creeks for hiking and fishing nearby and it is a 45-minute drive to the Trail of 100 Giants Sequoia grove. The cabanita is also 3 miles from the town of Pine Flat which hosts seven oaks market and grill. Note* This is a drug-free, no smoking property
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The best camping near Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park guide

Overview

About

The American dream of freedom and the pursuit of happiness is embodied in this park. Founded in 1908, this was California鈥檚 first town financed and governed solely by African Americans. The town of Allensworth was named for and co-founded by a former slave.

A water shortage and economic slump led to the town鈥檚 demise after World War I. California State Parks purchased the land in 1974 and began restoring several buildings. Now, special events and a yearly rededication ceremony keep this spirited history alive.

Touring the restored buildings gives you a realistic view of residents鈥 lives. Desks line the two-classroom schoolhouse, considered the best in Central Valley at the time. A general store stocked with dry goods gives a glimpse of daily living.

You can drive between buildings or bring your bike to this cycle-friendly park. Located north of Bakersfield, this park has 15 campsites open year-round for tents or RVs. A picnic area also is available for day trippers.

Notable campgrounds

  • Family Campsites - Nestled in the heart of history, these sites offer a serene setting for tent or RV camping without hook-ups.
  • En route Campsites - Perfect for travelers seeking a restful night before continuing their journey through California's rich landscapes.
  • RV Access Campsite #16 - Equipped with RV hook-ups, this site provides modern convenience in a historic setting.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, as reservations can be made up to six months in advance.
  • Consider visiting during the off-peak season for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellation policies for last-minute openings.
  • Explore nearby camping options for alternative accommodations if the park is fully booked.

When to go

The ideal time to visit Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is during spring and fall when the weather is mild and conducive to outdoor activities. Summer months can be extremely hot, with temperatures soaring above 100掳F, while winter offers cooler but occasionally rainy conditions.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's operating hours, as the visitor center is open from 10am to 4pm, and the park itself from 9am to sunset.
  • Dogs are welcome, but ensure they are leashed and supervised at all times.
  • Prepare for the weather - bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat for summer visits, and layered clothing for cooler months.
  • Accessibility is a priority, with ADA accessible facilities available for all visitors.
  • Remember, the park is a 'No Drone Zone' to preserve the tranquility and safety of the area.

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