Belknap Campground

Sequoia National Forest


Giant Sequoias


Sequoia National Forest
Attractions and Activities

The Sequoia National Forest ranges from low foothills on the west to high Sierra peaks toward the east. River, streams, trails, and remote roads offer many recreation opportunities. Campers at Belknap Campground have wonderful fishing and hiking close by.

  • Fish great little streams such as Salmon Creek, Trout Creek, Jackass Creek, Fish Creek, and Corral Creek.
  • Strike out on mountain biking trails around Deer Creek, Fish Creek, Jordan Lookout, Lion Ridge, and many more.
  • Rock climbers challenge their skills on the granite faces off Needles Lookout Trail.
  • Take a day hike on the Baker Point Trail, Chute Trail, Jacobson Trail, Lion Ridge Trail, or any of dozens more.
  • Saddle up and set out on horseback along popular trails such as Mule Peak Lookout, Lewis Camp, or Doe Meadow.
  • Hike the scenic Trail of 100 Giants.
  • Explore Silver City Ghost Town.
  • Visit the Kern River Fish Hatchery.

Key Belknap Campground Regulations

  1. Campfire permits are required.
  2. Trailers are not permitted in the campground.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and attended while in the campground.
  4. Obtain your firewood locally to avoid the spread of tree-killing pests.
  5. Quiet Horus are from 10 PM to 6 AM.


Belknap Campground

Belknap Campground is 33 miles east of Porterville in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument. Visitors to Belknap Campground enjoy hiking through nearby Giant Sequoia forests, fishing in the Middle Fork of the Tule River, and visiting nearby Camp Nelson. The area around Belknap Campground is popular for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Belknap Campground features 13 campsites for tents only. Trailers are not permitted in the campground. Belknap Creek flows past the campground and the Tule River is nearby.

Belknap Campground Basics
Belknap Campground Location: From Springville travel east on Hwy. 190 for 15 miles. Then go east on Nelson Drive one mile to the campground.
Elevation: 4,940 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Porterville - 33 miles
Bakersfield - 82 miles
Visalia - 60 miles
Number of Sites: 13
Open - Closed: Usually open mid-May through mid-November
Max. People per Site: Campsites: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Western Divide Ranger District Office: (559) 539-2607

Reservations for Belknap Campground
Reservations available: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Campsites may be reserved from 3 days up to 6 months prior to arrival date.
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Favorite Campsites: #9, 10, 13, 14
Fees: Campsites $23 ($25 on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Belknap Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Belknap Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, campfire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Belknap Campground: Follow the trail from the campground to the grove of Giant Sequoias. Hike or mountain bike the 3.6-mile Nelson Trail from Quaking Aspen to Camp Nelson. Drive east on Hwy. 190 and then north on the Great Western Divide Highway to Dome Rock and views of the Needles Rock formation. Visit the Trail of 100 Giants. Hike or mountain bike the 2-mile Needles Lookout Trail. Visit the Giant Sequoia Mercantile at the Springville Visitors Center.

General Camping Information for
Sequoia National Forest

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood should be obtained locally.


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