About this Site

This site was created by a mom, teacher, and writer who loves to visit Big Bear Lake, California! I wanted one site with all the info needed for our family trips--news, attractions, addresses, links, and phone numbers. Hopefully it's helpful to other visitors too:)
  • Gas outage in Big Bear City September 28, 2016
    Approximately 50 Southwest Gas customers were affected when a natural gas outage occurred at around 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28. The outage occurred on Rainbow Boulevard between Pinon Drive and Bear Horn Drive in Big Bear City, said Sonya Headen, media…
  • Candidates host mixer September 28, 2016
    Two candidates running for office on two Valley boards are teaming up to host a meet and greet mixer Wednesday, Oct. 5.
  • Sheriff's Log September 28, 2016
    Sept. 19
  • Join DOVES and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes September 28, 2016
    DOVES, the Domestic Violence Education and Services organization, hosts its annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march Oct. 2 at noon.
  • Community Emergency Response Team offers course September 28, 2016
    A new session of CERT training begins Oct. 17 in Big Bear City.
  • A business welcome September 28, 2016
    Bear Valley Center for Spiritual Enrichment hosts a Homecoming Sunday Celebration Oct. 2 following regular Sunday services. The event is a thank you to honor Big Bear businesses that have donated to the center. Past, present and new members are…
  • Light up Fawnskin for the holidays September 28, 2016
    The North Shore Improvement Association is taking orders for lighted Christmas reindeer. The reindeer can be used by Fawnskin homeowners and businesses to brighten the town of Fawnskin during December.
  • Closures, delays on North Shore Drive, Stanfield Cutoff for race September 28, 2016
    The Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon/5K/10K foot race presented by The Robinhood Resort is Saturday, Oct. 1. To ensure the safety of runners and motorists, several road closures are required during the race.


In the Big Bear mountain region, explorers love camping near Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, Fawnskin, and outerlying areas. The spots are convenient and exciting! Many sites have close access to activities like hiking, fishing, biking, and more. Plus, there are so many sites to choose from. Grounds in this area offer access to fishing, boating, hiking, and some are very close to shopping as well for a quick stop when needed.

RV Camping is one of the most comfortable and social means of camping. Big Bear mountain hosts both luxury RV camping sites and standard sites. See details on RV Camping sites.

Group Campgrounds all around the San Bernardino National Forest are maintained by the Forest Service. These camps include picnic tables, fire rings, and a cleared area large enough for several campers. These camps are low-priced but not free. There are many in the Big Bear area including these Group Campgrounds.

Private Campgrounds are also a favorite in this area, as there is a lot of variety, space, and supplies on hand in town close by. Here are a few:

  • Serrano Campground is a favorite for families because its north shore location in Big Bear Lake is on the lake and in close distance from the Discovery Center, Alpine Pedal Path, and Cougar Crest Trail. This site offers picnic tables, showers, restrooms, water, and fire pits. RV sites and tent camping are permitted. Reservations required. Address: 40533 North Shore Drive, Big Bear City, CA 92314. Phone: 909-866-8021. To reserve, call 877-444-6777 or book online here.
  • Pineknot Campground is in a lush wooded area near Snow Summit ski resort. RV sites and tent camping are permitted. Reservations required. at www.reserveusa.com. Location: Big Bear Rd. by Snow Summit. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online here.
  • Hanna Flats Campground is slightly north of Fawnskin in Jeffrey Pine forest. Offers water and restrooms. This site is tranquil and makes for excellent hiking and biking. Address: Forest Road 3N14, nearest cross street Arapahoe Rd. Call the Discovery Center for details on campsites here at (909) 866-3437. More information here.

Yellow Post Camping is for those who want a camping experience nestled deep in the woods. Designated sites are provided and include a flat clearing, picnic table and fire ring. The campsite requires no fee; however, for this option, campers must purchase an Adventure Pass and a campfire permit from the Discovery Center at (909) 866-3437.

Self-contained Camping is an option in many areas of the National Forest. Cactus Flats and a large part of Holcomb Valley are popular among hikers or drivers who seek remote camping locations. Campfires are generally not permitted in these areas. Be sure to bring water and notify someone of your plans. Also pack out everything you pack in.