Hedrick Pond Campground

Mountain Home
Tulare County

Giant Sequoias

Hedrick Pond Campground, Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest, CA

Hedrick Pond 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 Hedrick Pond Campground are next to a nice fishing pond and only a short distance from Balch Park.

  • 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.
  • Find the Indian Bathtubs in the area. These deep basins in the granite appear to have been man-made, perhaps by the Yokut, Paiute and Mono tribes that often stayed in the area.
  • 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.
  • 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 Hedrick Pond Campground Regulations

  1. 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.
  2. Dogs must be on leash and attended while in the campground.
  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.

Hedrick Pond Campground

Hedrick Pond Campground is found in the Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest east of Porterville. The campground is about 19 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. Mountain Home contains stately groves of Giant Sequoias, fascinating archaeological sites, interesting hiking trails, and good fishing. Visitors to Hedrick Pond are close to Balch Park and many of the popular trails in the area.

Hedrick Pond Campground has 14 sites for tents, and for small RVs and trailers. Picnic tables, fire rings, piped water, and vault toilets are provided. All campsites are first-come, first served.

Hedrick Pond Campground Basics
Hedrick Pond Campground Location: From just north of Springville on Hwy. 190 follow Balch Park Rd. 3½ miles to Bear Creek Rd. Turn left past Balch Park on Balch Park Road and continue another mile.
Elevation: 6,200 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Visalia - 65 miles
Bakersfield - 85 miles
Number of Sites: 14
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

No Reservations available: All campsites are first-come, first-served.
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: Some facilities are accessible
Maximum RV/trailer length: 20 feet
Fees: Campsites $15
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Hedrick Pond Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill, bear-proof food locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Hedrick Pond Campground: Fish for trout in Hedrick Pond. Drive to Balch Park and spend time in the Balch Park museum. Fish for trout in one of the two Balch Park ponds. Tour groves of Giant Sequoias. Visit the archaeological sites at Sunset Point Day Use area. Arrange trail rides or pack trips with neighboring Balch Park Pack Station. Explore the Tule River, visiting the falls and finding good fishing spots. Hike along the river trail connecting Moses Gulch to Hidden Falls. 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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