Kennedy Meadows Campground

Inyo National Forest

Kennedy Meadows Campground

Kennedy Meadows Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Kennedy Meadows Campground

Inyo and 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. Inyo National Forest extends along the Eastern Sierra. Pacific Crest Trail hikers stop at Kennedy Meadows Campground to prepare for the rugged Sierra Nevada ahead of them.

  • Stop at Kennedy Meadows General Store for supplies.
  • Hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Visit Grumpy Bear's Retreat, a restaurant and tavern.
  • Hike out the Sacatar Trail to Long Canyon.
  • Drive out the Sherman Pass Road to find great fishing streams and many OHV areas.
  • Drive down to Highway 395 and nearby Inyokern for restaurants, markets, and services.

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be on leash and attended while in the campground.
  2. Water is in short supply during California's drought.

Kennedy Meadows Campground

Kennedy Meadows Campground is located along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Inyo National Forest, 28 miles west of Highway 395. An alternate access is from the west via Sherman Pass Road. (The campground should not be confused with Kennedy Meadows on Sonora Pass.) Visitors to Kennedy Meadows Campground enjoy fishing in the nearby South Fork of the Kern River.

Kennedy Meadows Campground has 38 campsites. Three sites can accommodate large RVs, others can accommodate RVs up to 30 feet. Tents are welcome at all the campsites. The campground is open year-round, but weather can affect access. Water is not available during the winter.

Kennedy Meadows Campground is popular with Pacific Crest Trail hikers who often stop here to resupply and rest before launching northward into the High Sierra. (Use the PCT button to find information about the Pacific Crest Trail at Kennedy Meadows Campground.)

Kennedy Meadows Campground Basics
Kennedy Meadows Campground Location: Kennedy Meadows/Ninemile Canyon Rd., off Highway 395, 48 miles south of Lone Pine
Elevation: 6,100 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Bakersfield - 137 miles
Los Angeles - 189 miles
Number of Sites: 38
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by: Inyo National Forest
Inyo National Forest (Bishop): (760) 873-2400

No Reservations : first come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: none designated
Fees: $17
Check-in, check-out: any time, check-out Noon

Kennedy Meadows Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water (seasonal)
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Kennedy Meadows Campground: South Fork Kern River, Pacific Crest Trail, OHV routes, Kennedy Meadows General Store, Grumpy Bear's Retreat (restaurant & tavern, 4 miles from campground)

Pacific Crest Trail Information

Trail Miles Northbound from Kennedy Meadows Campground

In the Kennedy Meadows community, hikers find a restaurant, internet cafe, and store. Also a grill, showers, and laundry. Resupply packages are accepted.

  • S. Fork Kern River (wooden bridge) - 1.9 miles
  • S. Fork Kern River (steel bridge) - 11.8 miles
  • Mulkey Pass - 39.8 miles, trail junction to Cottonwood Pass Campground at Horseshoe Meadow, + 1.7 miles north of PCT
  • Cottonwood Pass - 45.5 miles
  • Canada Border - 1,945.3 miles

Trail Miles Southbound from Kennedy Meadows Campground

  • Rockhouse Basin - 11.2 miles
  • Chimney Creek - 23.9 miles
  • Joshua Tree Spring - 40.5 miles
  • Highway 178 - 52.7 miles
  • Mexican Border - 704.7 miles

Nearest Town

Inyokern - 42.5 miles southeast of PCT off Highway 395
  Groceries, restaurant, post office, Ace Hardware; in nearby Ridgecrest find Todd's Outdoor Supply

Always confirm mileages and directions with a reliable PCT source such as the Pacific Crest Trail Association's The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail.

Pacific Crest Trail at Kennedy Meadows Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Pacific Crest Trail

map of Kennedy Meadows Campground area, CA

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