Big Pine Flat Campground

Big Bear Lake
San Bernardino National Forest

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Big Bear enjoy a variety of activities and scenic places to visit. Those who are camped at Big Pine Flat Campground have only a short drive to the lake.

  • Find plenty of boat rentals for fishing and water skiing.
  • Head out on the lake paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking.
  • Set out for an adventure mountain biking or road cycling.
  • Summer at Snow Summit has scenic Sky Chairlift rides, sight-seeing, hiking, mountain biking, and golf.
  • Visit the Big Bear Discovery Center for complete information about forest activities.
  • Find hiking trails to various destinations in the area and connect to the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Get some thrills at Alpine Slide. They have an alpine slide, a water slide, go-karts, and miniature golf.
  • Trail rides at Baldwin Lake Stables
  • Tour the fascinating Big Bear Historical Museum.
  • Play tennis and golf.
  • For even more excitement, head out to Action Zipline Tours.

Key Big Pine Flat Campground Regulations

  1. To avoid problems with bears , secure food in bear-proof places.
  2. Only build fires in fire rings.
  3. Quiet Hours extend from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
  4. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.

Big Pine Flat Campground

Big Pine Flat Campground is in the San Bernardino National Forest, 8 miles northwest of Fawnskin and Big Bear Lake. Campsites are set in a mature pine forest.

None of the sites can be reserved; all are first-come, first served. Due to limited water supplies, campers are asked to fill RV and trailer tanks before arriving at the campground. The dirt road to the campground is bumpy and may not be appropriate for large RVs or trailers. Expect a slow drive after leaving Fawnskin.

At Big Pine Flat Campground there is also a single Group Equestrian Camp. The Group Equestrian Camp may be reserved.

Big Pine Flat Campground Basics
Big Pine Flat Campground Location: 8 miles northwest of Fawnskin and Big Bear Lake, 6 miles on Forest Road 3N14 and then 1 mile on Forest Road 3N16
Elevation: 6,800 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 107 miles east of Los Angeles - 2:10
Number of Campsites: 47
Open - Closed: May - early October
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicle, 2nd vehicle $5
Pets: On leash, always attended
Big Bear Discovery Center: (909) 382-2790

No Reservations First come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet, back in
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: standard sites $23
  ($25 on holiday weekends)
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Big Pine Flat Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, - no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water (limited availability)
Showers: at Serrano Campground
Dump station: at Serrano Campground, $10
Attractions near Big Pine Flat Campground Head over to the nearby OHV staging area and routes. Hike up the Hawes Peak Trail (4 miles one way). Spend the day at Big Bear Lake with fishing, boating, and interpretive programs. Stop by the Big Bear Discovery Center.

Big Pine Flat Group Equestrian Camp

Big Pine Flat Group Equestrian Camp has 5 picnic tables, 2 double-pedestal grills, a group fire ring, accessible vault toilets, and potable water. They also have hitching racks, 4 horse corrals, a horse staging area, and a horse watering station. The site can accommodate up to 25 people and 8 vehicles. Reservations may be made up to 12 months in advance.
Reservations: Big Pine Flat Group Equestrian Camp
Fees: $100 per night ($110 on holiday weekends)

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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