Moses Gulch Campground

Mountain Home
Tulare County

Tule River Valley

Moses Gulch Campground, Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest, CA

Moses Gulch 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 Moses Gulch Campground enjoy the peace of a small campground along a beautiful mountain river.

  • 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 Moses Gulch 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. Trailers are not permitted at Moses Gulch 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 Hours are from 11 PM to 6 AM.
  6. Campfire permits are required.

Moses Gulch Campground

Moses Gulch Campground is a small, walk-in tent campground near a fork of the Tule River in Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest. After you pass through Springville, plan on a slow drive on a winding road up the mountain; but expect to be rewarded by magnificent groves of Giant Sequoias once you reach Mountain Home. The final several miles to the campground are down a fairly good dirt road.

Campers at Moses Gulch like its quiet setting near the river with early season fishing, mid-summer swimming, and great hiking. A short drive leads to trails through magnificent groves of Giant Sequoias. Moses Gulch Campground has 10 sites for tents only. Four of the campsites are walk-in sites. Picnic tables, fire rings, piped water, and pit toilets are provided. All campsites are first-come, first served.

Moses Gulch Campground Basics
Moses Gulch Campground Location: From just north of Springville on Hwy. 190 follow Balch Park Rd. 3½ miles to Bear Creek Rd. Go 17½ miles on Bear Creek Road, turn right and follow signs to campground.
Elevation: 5,440 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Visalia - 69 miles
Bakersfield - 89 miles
Number of Sites: 10
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: None designated
Favorite Campsites: #8
Fees: Campsites $15
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Moses Gulch Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill, bear-proof food locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Pit toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Moses Gulch Campground: Explore the Tule River, visiting the falls and finding good fishing spots. Hike along the trail up the river to Hidden Falls. 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. Drive or hike to nearby Hedrick Pond. Visit the Giant Sequoia Mercantile at the Springville Visitors Center. Drive north on the Great Western Divide Highway to Dome Rock and views of the Needles Rock formation. Hike or mountain bike the 2-mile Needles Lookout Trail.

map of Mountain Home campgrounds, Tulare County, CA

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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