Bear Wallow Camping Area

Area Status: Open

Located along north side of the Kings River on a large sandy flat area. Take a day hike on the Bear Wallow trail located just west of the campground. Great place for camping in spring and fall. Very hot during summer months. Please pack out all garbage. No cell phone coverage in the area. Pay phone is available at Balch Camp.

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations: First-come, first-serve
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets
Fees: No fee
Open Season: Open all year
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Maximum stay = 14 days
Maximum vehicle length = 25 foot
Maximum group size = 50 per site When fire restrictions are in place, (usually during summer months) no campfires or charcoal fires are permitted. Camp stoves are permitted.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: High Sierra Ranger District
29688 Auberry Rd
P.O. Box 559
Prather, CA 93651
(559) 855-5355    Hearing Impaired
California Relay Service 711
Open: Monday-Friday
Hours:  8:00am-4:30pm 
Closed: Saturday - Sunday

General Information

Directions: Take Belmont Avenue east from Fresno. Follow Belmont Avenue until it turns into Trimmer Springs Road. Continue on Trimmer Springs Road past the community of Piedra and around Pine Flat Reservoir. Travel past Kirch Flat campground, crossing over the Kings River. Continue another mile until the pavement ends at the Bailey Bridge. Cross over the bridge and make right turn up the Garnet Dike Road. Campground is about 2.5 miles from the bridge. Driving time from Fresno is 2 hours.

Recreation Map

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Dispersed Camping



Camping trailer: Maximum vehicle length = 25'
Tent camping: Total sites = 1 (group)
Toilets: Vault, toilet is handicap accessible

Recreation Areas

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