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Happy Campers Guide To Big Bear

Get back to nature when you go camping in Big Bear Lake! Known for having great campsites, Big Bear campgrounds offer outdoor enthusiasts several options. Whether you are tent camping in Big Bear or want a lakefront Big Bear RV park chock full of amenities, Big Bear has campsites for every outdoor lifestyle. There are even free campsites in Big Bear, set deep in the forest where you can reconnect with mother nature. Big Bear has pet-friendly campgrounds and hiking trails. Four-legged family members are always welcome.

Hook me up! Big Bear RV Parks.

Holloway’s Marina & RV Park is lakefront and has 115 RV sites with full hook-ups. Check out their boat rentals, kayak and paddleboard rentals while you’re visiting, or reserve a charter fishing experience and learn how to hook a rainbow. Holloway’s Marina is also home to the Pirate Ship Tour so you can set sail for a 90-minute adventure aboard the Time Bandit.

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Serrano Campground in Big Bear is just steps from the lake and has 109 campsites. If you are looking for the #1 spot in Big Bear for RV or tent camping, Serrano Campground will hook you up. Electric is available on select sites. Alpine Pedal Path runs right through the campground, so bring your bikes or you can rent them nearby from Paddles & Pedals. Close to the Big Bear Discovery Center, this campground offers easy access to hiking trails and other family fun activities.

Big Bear RV Rentals will rent you an RV and deliver it right to your Big Bear campsite. They hook everything up and make sure your RV is ready to go before you arrive. Bring your family, food and linens...they are not included.

Camping...Unplugged! Tent Camping in Big Bear.

Pine Knot Campground is tucked away in a densely forested area with 48 tent and RV campsites. Great family campground with easy access to several hiking and mountain biking trails. For big adventure, Snow Summit Bike Park & Adventure Academy are just steps from your campsite. This campground has fire rings and picnic tables with bear boxes at each site to store your edibles.

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Holcomb Valley Campground is a few miles up Polique Canyon, a well-maintained dirt road, and has 19 campsites. Perfect for off-road junkies, rock climbers, hikers and mountain bikers. Take your comfiest camp chairs for stargazing at night. Each site has a fire ring, a picnic table and a bear box for your edibles.There are pit toilets and no showers. Bring your own water.

San Bernardino National Forest has several Group Campsites in Big Bear. You can reserve yours at These secluded forest campsites will accommodate up to 40 happy campers. Perfect for large family campouts, clubs, or groups of friends. There is a huge BBQ with five picnic tables, a fire ring and pit toilets for each location. No water or electric, so bring your own. Maximum of 8 vehicles per site.

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Have you ever heard of Yellow Post Sites? Great for small groups (8 guests/2 car max) and definitely off-the-beaten path. There are about a dozen Yellow Post Sites in Big Bear Valley that are available on a first come/first served basis and they are free. You can stay for up to two weeks. Just remember to get your California Campfire Permit to use the fire ring. There are picnic tables at each of these sites, but no restrooms or water.

Camp Tanda

We are perfect for groups of 30 – 120 members, including church groups, school groups and sports teams, scouts, and families.

Holloway's Marina & RV Park

Come visit our 2 marinas on Big Bear Lake. Our friendly staff can help you can rent pontoon boats, go fishing, rent fishing equipment, take wakeboard and waterski rides, rent kayaks and canoes, ride the pirate ship, and much more!

Big Bear Discovery Center

The National Recreation Reservation Service handles reservations for most campgrounds, while some are first-come, first-served, and others reserve through the ranger station.

Pine Summit Christian Camp and Conference Center

Where a life changing experience meets a life long memory! We would like to invite your organization, business, church or group to come for a tour or book a stay with us!

Big Bear RV Rentals

Toyhaulers and travel trailers delivered right to your campsite!

Pine Summit Christian Camp and Conference Center

Where a life changing experience meets a life long memory! We would like to invite your organization, business, church or group to come for a tour or book a stay with us!

Camp Tanda

We are perfect for groups of 30 – 120 members, including church groups, school groups and sports teams, scouts, and families.

Just like hiking, camping in the great outdoors is a good, natural fit. It’s relatively easy to do and it’s excellent medicine for the human spirit. Take a timeout from the daily grind to get closer to nature, which can simply be accomplished by camping in the forest. Most people enjoy camping with family or friends because it naturally bonds people together and creates memories that last a lifetime. It is one of the best ways to create lasting moments from roasting hotdogs on a stick to making late-night s’mores over the open campfire with marshmallows, graham crackers, and Hersey chocolate bars.

In Big Bear, there are various campgrounds for pitching a tent at more fanciful RV parks for RV campers. The most popular place to camp in Big Bear is Serrano campground, and for good reason. This campground is just a stone’s throw from lake. Most campers take advantage of this prime location to take stroll along the shoreline, fish for trout, launch a kayak or canoe, or just lounge around on the beach. Another sought after campsite is Pine Knot campground. This site is just at the base of Snow Summit and it surrounded by towering pine trees and white firs.

Another great spot campers like to go is Holcomb Valley. The two most notable campgrounds in Holcomb Valley are Hanna Flats, which can be accessed from Rim of the World Drive in Fawnskin and the other is is Holcomb Valley Campground, which can be accessed from Van Dusen Canyon Road in Big Bear City. Both campgrounds are far enough away from the mountain towns to give you a real feeling of getting away, yet easy enough to take a day trip into town to stock up on supplies. The campgrounds are maintained by the US Forest Service and provide restrooms, table benches and a permissible fire ring. Most campsites are spacious and are very private. The campgrounds provide ample shade with multiple trees throughout. Most of the campgrounds are next to trails that are ideal for hiking or mountain biking. Each campground has a friendly camp host on site to answer any questions and to help keep a peaceful setting. The camp hosts also sell firewood if needed. For those who don’t mind roughing it can find yellow-post campsites throughout the San Bernardino Natinal Forest. The best ways to locate these sites and to get a permit is to contact the Mill Creek Ranger Station or the Big Bear Discovery Center. Campfires are prohibited at yellow-post campsites, but most do allow propone gas stoves.

Some people prefer to camp in style, and that’s why Big Bear has some prime lakefront RV parks that include Holloway's Marina & RV Park, The Lighthouse Trailer & Marina and Big Bear Shores RV Resort. Each of these RV parks are great for camping with all the fixings, yet still getting up close and personal with nature. What makes these RV sites so attractive is they are right on the shoreline.

Camping is without a doubt one of the best leisure activities, and there is no better place to experience it than 7000’ altitude in the woods. Big Bear Lake definitely has great choices for camping under the stars.

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