Mountain Home Guard Station Recreation Rental

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Located near Balch Park and Mtn. Home Demonstration State Forest.  1 hour from Porterville.  Elevation:  6000’

Cabins are all located on the Sequoia National Forest, and are either in the Giant Sequoia National Monument or adjacent to it.  Big Meadows, Mtn. Home and Frog Mdw. are open mid-May to mid-November only, dependant on weather conditions.

*Cabins all have indoor bathrooms complete with tub/shower, sink and toilet.

*Cabins are furnished with couches, tables and chairs, beds, mattresses.

*Kitchens are complete with dishes, glasses, tableware, pots and pans.

*Cook stoves, refrigerators, water heaters, and room heaters are operated either by electricity or propane.  Big Mdw. also has a wood burning stove for heat.

*All have outdoor BBQ/Fire rings, and picnic tables.  Wood may not be available.

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING your own bedding, bath towels, and food, including salt and pepper.

***NOTE:  There is NO ELECTRICITY at Mtn. Home or Frog Mdw.  You will need to furnish your own battery or propane operated lanterns for light after dark.

Reservations are accepted UP TO 6 months in advance, and are highly recommended.

Cabins rent from $90.00 to $160.00+ per night.  Week-end two night stay may be required in heavy use season.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at
Fees $75/Night for single unit
Open Season: May 15 - Oct 30
Usage: Light
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information

Directions: To reach the cabin from Porterville, take Highway 190 East to Springville. Turn left onto the Balch Park Road at the east end of Springville. You can either stay on this road all the way to the Cabin, or you can also take the Bear Creek Road (approximately 4 miles from the Hwy 190 turn off). When the Bear Creek Road intersects with the Balch Park Road, turn left. Driving time from Springville on either route will take approximately 1 hour.

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