Big Bear Camping

Serrano Campgrounds Entrance

Serrano and Pineknot Campgrounds are reservation only. Call 1-877-444-6777 or log on to to make a reservation.

Serrano Campground is located on the north shore of Big Bear Lake and has easy access to the lake, the Alpine Pedal Path, Cougar Crest Trail and the activities at the Discovery Center. This is a great family campground because of the proximity to recreational activities that children would be interested in.

RV sites and tent camping are possible at both campgrounds.

Pineknot is in a hilly, wooded and beautiful area near the Snow Summit Ski area.

Hanna Flats Campground is located a few miles north of Fawnskin in a spectacular Jeffrey Pine forest. Water and bathrooms are available and hiking and biking are excellent from this less urban site. Call the Discovery Center for more details on these campsites (909-866-3437).

Yellow Post Camping is remote camping at designated sites. A flat area has been cleared and a picnic table and fire ring are provided. These campsites offer a truly deep-woods experience and campers need to work with a ‘pack in-pack out’ mentality. There is no cost for Yellow Post Camping, but an Adventure Pass and a campfire permit must be obtained from the Discovery Center.

Yellow Post Camp Site #27

The Forest Service maintains a number of Group Camps throughout the San Bernardino National Forest. These group camps have picnic tables and fire rings and a cleared area that can host a varying number of campers. These sites are often in exceptionally beautiful settings and are reasonably priced. Contact the Discovery Center for more information on these unique campsites.

Many areas of the National Forest are open to self-contained camping. Cactus Flats and most of Holcomb Valley are two popular places to drive or hike in and camp remotely. Campfires are generally not permitted, but camp stoves are. Carry your own water, make sure to tell someone where you are going to camp and pack out everything you pack in.

Holloway’s Marina & RV Park (909-866-5706) offers RV camping on the Lake. Holloway’s offers full-hookups, picnic tables, barbecues, showers, a laundry room and has a playground, a basketball hoop and horseshoe pits plus the services of its marina.

Wilderness Permits

Big Bear Camping

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