Belknap Campground

Area Status: Open

Located 19 miles east of Springville, California, take State Highway 190 to the community of Camp Nelson. Turn onto Nelson Drive and follow the signs through town.

Elevation is 4,800 feet. Open from April 15 - October 31 depending on weather conditions.   The campground has 15 single family units. No trailers or RVs allowed. Vault toilets, potable water, tables, and BBQ stoves are provided.  Nearby hiking trails pass through giant sequoia groves.

Belknap Creek runs through the campground and the Middle Fork of the Tule River is within walking distance. Fishing is available year around in the Tule River Drainage with a valid CA Fishing License.

Consult CA Dept of Fish & Wildlife for specific regulations. Supplies are available at Camp Nelson and Pierpoint Springs located within 2 miles of the campground. 

Campfire permits are required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves. Permits are available at your local Ranger Station or online at Campfire Permit - Ready for Wildfire.

All developed campground areas on the Forest operate under a concessionaire permit with ExplorUS. For additional information, please visit About Explorus - Hospitality Management (, or call their home office at 661-429-1599, or their Lake Isabella office at 760-376-1269.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Scheduled to open April 15. For more information call 559-539-2607
Operational Hours: April 12 - October 27
Reservations: Reservations can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service by calling 1-877-444-6777 or on their website at Belknap, Sequoia National Forest -
Fees: Campsite fees range from $34/night for single unit. No trailers or RVs allowed.
Open Season: April 15 - Nov. 15
Usage: Heavy
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Campfire permits required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves.

General Information

Directions: From Springville, CA, proceed east on State highway 190 approximately 15 miles to Nelson Drive. Proceed east on Nelson Drive, approximately one mile, to Belknap Campground.

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites 15 single site(s)
Reservation Info 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
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