Shady Cove Group Campground

Area Status: Closed
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This group campground is located near the National Children's Forest Visitor Center and the Keller Peak Fire Lookout.

The campground is easily accessible, just off a paved road, Forest Service Road 1N96. It has forested tent campsites. It is situated in the mountains of Southern California at an elevation of about 6,000 feet.

The campground offers three group sites, one of which is accessible, for tent. Each site can accommodate up to 30 people and eight vehicles.

There is drinking water at each group site. Amenities include picnic tables, vault restrooms, grills, trash containers, group fire-ring, and tent pads.

Activities include biking, bird watching and photography. Within 10 miles rock climbing, hiking, interpretive programs, nature trails, sightseeing and recycling and visitor centers. Group Site A is accessible.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opens 05/05/2023
Reservations: Call 1-877-444-6777 or visit Reservations can be made as early as 12 months or as late as 24 hours in advance.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
  • Group Site $114 - Holiday $126
Open Season: 05/05/2023 - 10/22/2023
Restrictions: Vehicles park in designated areas only. 3 night minimum reservation window. 2 night minimum on weekends, 3 night minimum on holidays. No refunds due to weather. Adventure Pass may be required when parked outside of the campground.
Closest Towns: Running Springs
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Vista RECREATION ™
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)

General Information


From Highway 330, exit at Running Springs. Turn right on Highway 18. Drive approximately one mile to the Deerlick Ranger Station (aka: Children's Forest Visitor Center). Turn right just past the Ranger Station on Keller Peak Road and proceed five miles to Children's Forest. Turn left at the Children's Forest Trailhead and follow the signs to Shady Cove, sites A, B and C.

General Notes:

Reservations can be placed as late as 24 hours in advance based upon availability. For example, reservations could be made on a Thursday before 2pm, for a Friday 2pm check in, if there is availability.


AccessibleGroup Site A is accessible.

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