National Children's Forest

Area Status: Open
View of a lake near the Children's Forest in the San Bernardino National Forest

Located east of Running Springs on Highway 18 in the community of Arrowbear. This 3,400-acre site at 7,000 feet in elevation, is a virtual outdoor classroom where kids and adults can learn and use land management practices along with an understanding of forest ecology. Youth Naturalists lead weekend hikes on the Exploration and Interpretive Trails originally designed by 6th grade to high school youths. Children’s Forest attracts a variety of recreational forest users such as rock climbers, hikers, campers, and families interested in interpretive and educational offerings. Closed in Winter.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Forest Service Road 1N96, Keller Peak Road is closed for winter seasonal closures. 
Fees: U.S. Fee Area Logo Adventure Pass Required $5/day or $30/year. Interagency Passes also accepted. For more information, please visit our recreation pass page.
Best Season: Summer
Restroom: Vault
Information Center:
Mountain Top Ranger District | Big Bear Discovery Center
40971 North Shore Drive, Highway 38
P.O. Box 69
Fawnskin, CA 92333
1-909-382-2790 Thursday thru Monday. (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

Recreation Map

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