Shake Camp Campground

Mountain Home
Tulare County

Giant Sequoias

Shake Camp  Campground, Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest, CA

Shake Camp 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 Shake Camp Campground can keep their horses at nearby public corrals.

  • 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 Shake Camp Campground Regulations

  1. No horses are allowed in the campground, but corrals are available nearby.
  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. 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.

Shake Camp Campground

Shake Camp Campground is 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.

Mountain Home is known for its wonderful groves of Giant Sequoias, archaeological sites, interesting hiking trails, and fishing. Visitors to the campground with horses can take advantage of nearby public corrals. The corral nearest to the campground appears to be used most often, while those closer to the pack station have been neglected. Great riding trails lead out from the campground to destinations in Sequoia National Park such as Summit Lake, Maggie Lakes, and Hockett Meadows.

Shake Camp Campground has 11 sites for tents, and for small RVs and trailers. Horse trailer parking and campsites are available near the corrals. Picnic tables, fire rings, piped water, and pit toilets are provided. All campsites are first-come, first served.

Shake Camp Campground Basics
Shake Camp 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: 6,490 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Visalia - 68 miles
Bakersfield - 88 miles
Number of Sites: 11
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

Shake Camp 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 Shake Camp Campground: Follow trails north up the Tule River and into Sequoia National Park. 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. 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.

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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