Methuselah Group Campground

Mountain Home
Tulare County


Mountain Home Giant Sequoias


Methuselah Group Campground, Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest, CA

Methuselah Group 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 Methuselah Group Campground can enjoy all the nearby trails, fishing ponds, and Sequoia groves.

  • 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 Methuselah Group 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.


Methuselah Group Campground

Methuselah Group Campground in the Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest east of Porterville. Mountain Home is best known for its groves of Giant Sequoias, some of the trees among the largest in the world. The nearby Methuselah tree stands over 200 feet tall and has a diameter of over 24 feet. The campground is about 16 miles northeast of Springville, much of the way via a narrow and winding road.

Methuselah Group Campground has a single camping area for groups from 20 to 80 people. With space only for 1 or 2 small RVs, the majority of the camping is in tents. Picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets are provided, but there is no drinking water. The group campsite must be reserved.

Methuselah Group Campground Basics
Methuselah Group Campground Location: From just north of Springville on Hwy. 190 follow Balch Park Rd. 3½ miles to Bear Creek Rd. Watch for the turn to the group camp just east of the State Forest Headquarters.
Elevation: 6,100 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Visalia - 63 miles
Bakersfield - 83 miles
Number of Sites: 1
Open - Closed: Usually open mid-May through October
Max. People per Site: Campsites: 80
Pets: On leash, always attended
Mountain Home State Forest: (559) 539-2321, summer; 539-2855, winter

Reservations for Methuselah Group Campground
Reservations: Reservations are required. Reservations for the group site open on January 1 of each year.
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: Some facilities are accessible
Maximum RV/trailer length: 20 feet
Fees: $50 per night
Reservations: (559) 539-2321 (summer), 539-2855 (winter)
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Methuselah Group Campground Amenities
Campsite: Picnic tables, stone BBQ, fire rings, bear-proof food lockers; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, amphitheater, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Methuselah Group Campground: Drive to Balch Park and spend time in the Balch Park museum. Fish for trout in one of the two Balch Park ponds. Fish for trout in nearby Hedrick Pond. 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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