The best camping near Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

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

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Sequoia Viewpoint Oasis

18 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · 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’s just beautiful to hang out and relax in.
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Lemon Cove Village RV Park

60 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Lemon Cove, CA
Welcome to Lemon Cove Village, a family friendly RV Park at the base of Sequoia National Park, just 25 miles from the entrance to Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, and minutes from Three Rivers and the Kaweah River. Nestled in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. Lemon Cove Village RV Park is located in the small town of Lemon Cove, population 350. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery including mountains, rocks, oak trees, clean fresh air and is just 19 miles east of Visalia. With Kaweah Lake and the Kaweah River only 4 miles away and the town of Three Rivers just 16 miles north, you will find that there is plenty of exciting exploring or relaxation around every corner. Enjoy nearby: Fishing, White Water Rafting, Boating, Hiking, and Shopping.
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Lucky Dog Ranch with Pickleball

3 sites · RVs, Tents6 acres · 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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Oak Glenn * California Hot Springs

3 sites · Tents1 acre · California Hot Springs, CA
This camping spot is quiet, beautiful and peaceful. You will be surrounded by nature but also within walking distance to a store and near the Sequoia National Forest for hiking activities. Enjoy fresh running streams, rolling hills and wild berries in the area. Mineral springs and hot tubs should hopefully be opening Fall 2024. Property at Pineflat has a flat area you can park by the camper and pitch your tent anywhere beneath a beautiful oak tree or any flat area. Located right across the road from the church at Pineflat. Photos #2 & 3 are of the property. The others are of the area and the drive up. Just down the way (about 150-200 feet from the property) there is a store that is usually open 8am-5pm, Seven Oaks Market, where they serve food most days and can buy a few things you may need and handmade goods. When you come up Pineflat from California Hot Springs, the property will be right across from the church. Enjoy the peace and beauty of the area. Visit the 100 giants or enjoy the streams and the beautiful drive up the rolling hills and National Park Sequoia area or Kern River area.
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Carrizo National

18 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2 acres · 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°17'04.6"N 119°54'13.7"W  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.  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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The Squattage in the Sequoia National Forest!

1 site · Lodging1 acre · California Hot Springs, CA
It’s a newly constructed little cottage that a Sasquatch would call home, that’s 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’s 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’s 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’t miss out! Items will be available for you to purchase after you check in👍
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Blue Moon Orchard

3 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Lemon Cove, CA
This place is our sanctuary, our own private slice of heaven.  There is an abundance of love and peace here on the farm...even the animals are full of love and affection.  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!  We are a small Olive and Citrus orchard and ranch.  There are lots of Olives & Citrus during their seasons. Olives Sept-Dec Citrus Dec-May. The Ranch consists of Chickens, Sheep, Goats, Cats, and our ranch dog Merlin.  2 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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Country Comfortable

9 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents13 acres · 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.  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. 
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Rancho Monte Vista

1 site · RV170 acres · Springville, CA
Big open ranch surrounded by citrus orchards with a large swimming pond for cooking off on hot days or enjoying a sunset by. Beautiful oak woodland nestled in the foothills of the Sequoia National monument and some of the largest trees on earth are within a relatively short drive. Lots of hiking, swimming, adventuring on site and nearby. Park your camper by the pond with hookups for power and water. You will see the beach nearby with picnic benches and a shade structure. Paddle boards are available to use. No lifeguard on duty, swim at your own risk. No black water disposal on site, self contained only. Hiking available on hillside on site, as well.
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3R Ranch Retreat

1 site · Lodging6 acres · Three Rivers, CA
22 foot RV with all the amenities for a comfortable stay. Unlimited fresh, spring water. Toilet, shower, and furnished kitchen. RV unit is a brand new 2024 Coleman Lantern 17B with AC/fireplace heater and sleeps 5! Access to a private hiking trail that overlooks the community of Three Rivers. 2 mini donkeys on property available for a feeding tour :) 39 degree Plunge cold tub also available at an additional cost!
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rio vista

1 site · RV, Tent12 acres · Three Rivers, CA
Welcome to 12 acres beautiful mountain and river views! minutes away from sequoia national park entrance and mountain bike trails, swimming, hiking, Kaweah Lake, white water rafting, bird watching, and simply just relaxing. These are all activities that are nearby but there is a lot of hiking on the property. Check in anytime after 1pm and no later than 8pm.
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Descanso Cabanita

1 site · Lodging1 acre · 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’s 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’s 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’ 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°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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