Frasier Mill Campground

Mountain Home
Tulare County


Giant Sequoias along Memorial Trail


Frasier Mille Campground, Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest, CA

Frasier Mill Campground

Mountain Home State Demonstration Forest
Attractions and Activities

Mountain Home State Demonstration Forest contains nearly 5,000 acres of forest and streams adjacent to Sequoia National Forest east of Porterville. Campers at Frasier Mill Campground enjoy a scenic campground near groves of Giant Sequoias.

  • Stop at State Forest Headquarters off Bear Creek Road for maps and information about the forest.
  • Stroll through groves of Giant Sequoias, including 4 of the largest Sequoias in the world.
  • Learn about and visit archaeological sites, some dating as far back as 8,000 years. Visit an interpretive exhibit at Sunset Point and follow an interpretive loop trail past granite outcrop containing bedrock mortars and basins called Indian bathtubs.
  • The Indian Bathtubs in the area are deep basins in the granite which appear to have been man-made, perhaps by the Yokut, Paiute and Mono tribes that often stayed in the area.
  • Take a short spur trail at Sunset Point to an overlook that provides wonderful views of the foothills and valley below.
  • Visit the museum at Balch Park. The California Department of Fish and Game stocks three ponds in the area with trout for public fishing. Two of the ponds are in Balch Park.
  • Hike along popular trails such as the Memorial Trail, the Loop Trail and Nature Trail.
  • The State maintains two sets of public corrals in the Shake Camp area. The corrals are equipped with water and horse trailer parking is available adjacent to the corrals.
  • Follow the Loop Trail from the corrals through a beautiful giant sequoia and mixed conifer forest. The trail passes the Adam and Eve tree, Boxcar Rock, Indian bathtubs, and groves of 100-year-old Giant Sequoias.
  • Rock climbers challenge their skills on the granite faces off Needles Lookout Trail.
  • Enjoy a trail ride with Balch Park Pack Station.
  • Hike the scenic Trail of 100 Giants.

Key Frasier Mill Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be on leash and attended while in the campground.
  2. To avoid problems with bears, store in in bear-proof lockers, keep ice chests put away at night, and never bring food into your tent.
  3. Obtain your firewood locally to avoid the spread of tree-killing pests.
  4. Quiet Hours are from 11 PM to 6 AM.
  5. Campfire permits are required.


Frasier Mill Campground

Frasier Mill Campground is at the site of an old lumber mill in the Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest east of Porterville. The campground is about 21 miles northeast of Springville, much of the way via a narrow and winding road. However, the beauty of the Mountain Home area makes it worth the drive. Visitors to Frasier Mill Campground enjoy hiking, fishing, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and photography. Nearby are Giant Sequoias and a tree bridge across the creek on the west side of the campground.

Frasier Mill Campground offers 46 campsites spread through second-growth forest. Most sites are best suited for tents, but some can accommodate small to mid-size RVs or trailers. Reservations are not available; all sites are first-come, first-served (except one ADA site which can be reserved by calling ahead).

Frasier Mill Campground Basics
Frasier Mill Campground Location: From just north of Springville on Hwy. 190 follow Balch Park Rd. 3½ miles to Bear Creek Rd. Follow Bear Creek Road and then at Balch Park follow signs to campground.
Elevation: 6,150 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Visalia - 67 miles
Bakersfield - 87 miles
Number of Sites: 46
Open - Closed: Usually open mid-May through October
Max. People per Site: Campsites: 6
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($5 fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Mountain Home State Forest: (559) 539-2321, summer; 539-2855, winter

Reservations
No Reservations available: All campsites are first-come, first-served,
except ADA site C2
(call (559) 539-2855 for reservations)
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: Campsite C2 and restrooms
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 35 feet
Fees: Campsites $15
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Frasier Mill Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill, bear boxes; no hook-ups
Campground: Pit toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Frasier Mill Campground: Near the Memorial Trail east of the campground find the lightning-damaged, but still-living, Hercules Tree which has been hollowed out and turned into a little house. Hike along the nearby Bogus Mountain Road past great stands of Giant Sequoias. Explore the nearby Tule River, visiting the falls and finding good fishing spots. Drive 2½ miles to Balch Park and spend time in the Balch Park museum. Fish for trout in one of the two Balch Park ponds. Drive or hike to nearby Hedrick Pond. Visit the Giant Sequoia Mercantile at the Springville Visitors Center.

General Camping Information

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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