22 Parks near Big Bear Lake, California
Jun 2015 - $30.00
We boondocked 2 nights at Serrano Campgrounds.
The campground was full and there were a lot of families with small children camping and having a good time. Although the campgrounds are quite beautiful with abundant trees and scenery, we found the sites to be too close for comfort. Additionally, the campground was very smoky from campfires late into the night and early morning probably due to the nature of the sites being so close together and the younger crowds that stay up late to party.
There are sites with hookups but as this is the closest campground to Big Bear Lake, they were all taken. We walked the park and found the hookup sites seemed to be about the same size as the tent sites.
We peeked inside the bathhouses and they have private showers with locking doors, roomy enough with an area for changing too.
I would definitely suggest this park to younger families with children or college kids, however, we will probably not return to this park because we appreciate a little more solitude and space while camping. - ftrrvr_684
Sep 2014 - $24.00
We camped here for two days, spot #42. The park is clean, quiet and park personnel friendly and helpful. The sites are very nice, some are sloped though. Restrooms/showers clean. The roads throughout the park are narrow. Walk to the lake is probably a half mile. There is a small convenience store close by. Bike/walking path runs through the park. Using your Federal Senior Pass card will get you a discounted rate. - retiredatc
Jul 2014 - $38.00
Be aware, Rules at this campground ARE NOT enforced as stated in the park handouts! Quiet hours are not enforced. Too bad pet owners DO NOT pick up after their animals, leaving poop behind on sites. There should be a limit to number of animals per site just like number of people per site (4 large barking dogs per site is absurd). People are so rude and inconsiderate, truly amazing, it can ruin your entire trip. Sites are close. Normally a nice park, but weekend visitors are out of control and think they are only ones around! - nmccaleb
Sep 2016 - $50.00
We almost didn't stay here based on some of the reviews, though some are old and things change. We are glad we did, and will be back. We personally found our site to be wide, nice, quiet, shady, and clean. We do have an active dog and though they don't have a dog run (which we'd LOVE for them to add) there is plenty of room to walk a dog around the park, right outside the park, and even around the marina which is right there. There is an area for kids to play which I didn't see mentioned. They have rules which from what we could tell were enforced as needed, not over the top military style. (Which is good.) Check in was fast and easy, and they did allow us to stay a little extra on our check out day as no one was coming into our spot. That was also very appreciated. They are in the process of updating the electrical (we had 30 amp and would love 50), and their office space is going to be much bigger. That will allow for a nice store, etc. We were allowed to have a propane fire, which we enjoyed. Some areas are narrow and require some coordination to get in spots, but all got in fine and was doable with patience. - Dank
Aug 2016 - $50.00
We drove from Arizona to Big Bear about 5 hours, to stay at Halloway's. We got here on Tuesday and left on Saturday. It was a good visit through the week. Very quiet. Weekend was pretty busy there were a lot of dogs and some of them ran loose at times. This wouldn't have been to big of a deal, but I have a very protective dog so I had to keep him in the trailer a lot. The park is close quarters, didn't like that much, and there are a lot of people that leave their rigs here, so it seems more like a little town them a camping trip. Would I stay here again? No don't think so. - Lance camping
Aug 2016 - $55.00
They allow pets, but have absolutely zero amenities for pets. There is no place for a dog to go to the bathroom, no shrubs, no grass, no common area, no pet area - nothing, not even an open area anywhere! Just paved roads and gravel sites. Considering that just about every RV has at least 1 dog and they have 100 sites, that's a lot of dogs with no place to "go". Also, the website claims full hook-ups, but by that they mean only water, electric, and sewer. There is no cable TV. When I asked about it, they said they had it 8 years ago, but it got to below zero degrees and that caused a problem that they haven't been able to fix yet?!? There is WiFi, but it is pretty slow. The site we have is very small, we have a 28' travel trailer and our truck has to be parked sticking out into the road. The site is all gravel with a tree between most sites and a picnic table. The sites do seem to be fairly level, I just wish there was a place to take my dogs, even an open common area somewhere instead of just wall to wall campsites.
I would have enjoyed our trip much more if there was cable TV so that we could have watched the Olympics. The camper next to us pulled in and asked me where to hook up his cable TV - so we aren't the only ones disappointed about that. The lack of anywhere to take the dog to potty is very disturbing and an inconvenience several times a day. I wish they would change that. If they gave up one campsite and fenced it in as a dog area, that would make a big difference! - g & c on the road
May 2013 - $49.00
Quiet! Mostly long-termers and full-timers. Best park in Big Bear area for the money. Seven rating for narrow sites and no amenities. Great internet; best ever in an RV park. Lots of cable TV channels. Good dog walking nearby; a block from the lake. Utilities worked. A little tight backing in for 30'+ rigs. Restrooms and showers showed deferred cleaning. Easy drive up from Hwy 10 through Yucca Valley. - LoneWolf
Oct 2012 - $49.00
Plus: Location is in a quiet neighborhood fairly close to the greater Big Bear community. Asphalt interior roads and parking pads. Mature pine trees scattered throughout. Picnic tables and fire rings. The few permanents appear clean and respectful. Large level sites - many are deep enough to accommodate the longest rigs and all are wide enough for slide outs. Extra space between sites (50 feet or so) adds a feeling of privacy. All hookups are easily accessed. Cable and Wi-Fi have good reception. Bathrooms are clean and relatively modern. No charge for using the shower. (Didn't see the laundry room if they have one) Minus: Older very plain RV park having no frills and no pull through sites. No grass or any attempts at landscaping. No office. The manager works out of her RV. Nothing of interest within walking distance. When asked, the manager had no maps of the area. The owner told me Hwy 18 up from Lucerne Valley had lots of switch backs but failed to tell me how Very Steep it is - up to 16% according to the California State Hwy sign. That is a factor that would prevent me from pulling my RV via that route again. Final analysis: Pine Tree RV Park is okay but if returning to the area I would check around to see what the competition had to offer. - JHarpJ
May 2012 - $45.00
Amazing little park with only 20 sites but it is close to town with nice cable and as decent a Wi-Fi as you can get at an RV park. Paved sites but not perfectly level. Sites have nice new benches and free fire pits at the site. Easy walk to the lake. Quite a hidden gem. - BBlast
Aug 2014 - $80.00
Beautiful location, right on Big Bear Lake. However, it's a few miles from town. Each space is privately owned, from basic to elaborately developed. Sites are large. We chose our site based on photos on the website, but we're disappointed to find out the BBQ was out of service, no cable or Internet available (unless you want to walk up to the office, get a password and use theirs). The owners of our site, #55, must of had a hard line sewer connection because the connection was located 12" above grade in a planter bed, making it difficult to drain my tanks. We would stay there again at a different site, only after verifying the all amenities are available and working. - Recycled
Aug 2011 - $122.00
Expensive and exclusive site with entirely privately owned pitches, some of which are rented out by their owners. Very smart and well maintained with concrete pitches. Being privately owned the pitches were generally very well cared for, many with manicured gardens. Not proper camping really but very comfortable and a lovely pool. Felt like we had to be on our best behaviour! Stunning location next to the lake. Only irritation was lack of Wi-Fi. - NickG
Sep 2010 - $51.00
We had a little difficulty at first but the staff was very helpful and helped us into our site in no time at all. We enjoyed being so close to the lake and they activities for all. We stayed for a week and will come back in the the spring. - fisage1235
Aug 2005 - $28.00
Absolutlely my worst RVing experience. Run by n beer drinking, power-tripping manager. Spaces too small for 37' RV. Caters to long term residents. Go up the street to Big Bear Shores or Serrano campground. - darthfadar
Jun 2008 - $12.00
This park is small and not all that nice for the area it is in. The spaces are not nearly the size that the web site states. Our site was supposed to be 45' and it was only about 20. We have a 37' 5th wheel and cold not fit into any of the spots. There is not much shade. We left without staying. - R&S
Jun 2007 - $16.00
Okay, here is the 411 on this campground. First let me say the good. It was absolutely beautiful. The trees are huge. The air is clean. The camp host was the friendliest we have ever experienced. All of the sites are spread out, so it is nice and quiet. They allowed fires and they have bathrooms (no showers). In the actually town Green Valley which is about 1 mile from the campground, is a little lake. We rented a row boat and a paddle boat. They have a pay beach for swimming and picnics. The fishing there is great. They stocked it the day before we got there. Now the bad. We did not fit into our site #8. According to "Reserveamerica" we did, and our site was considered an RV site. Luckily they had 2 more sites to choose from. We tried site 24 and after 2 attempts decided to try site 25. No joke we tried 6 times. The camp host moved a wooden barrier for us and we finally made it in. I think we both have permanent sweat stains. This CG is not for anyone over 24 feet. According to the host, it was originally set up for tents only and now they let RV and TT in, but she said she has to turn people way because the internet is wrong on the site lengths. We would definitely recommend this campground, if you fit. - seeshell
Aug 2014 - $14.00
RPI rate. I have to say this is an interesting RV Park. If RPI had a merit system which RV parks were rated, rather than the available amenities, Oak Glen Resort would be in trouble. It appears the park is having the dollars sucked out of it, and someone is letting it go. The employees are very accommodating, friendly and treat the guest very well. The shower/restroom was clean and looked nice. The individual sites, interior roads are in extremely poor condition. Pot holes, weeds, and just an unkempt appearance throughout the park. Which is split into 2 sections, one for weekend or temporary guest and one for the permanent residents. A sign saying private road end of the resort separates the 2 parks. The Parks web site said it has 182 campsites, which most are in the private residence area, which I have to admit looked like it might be better maintained, which doesn’t say much. The web site also claims it has a restaurant, I didn’t see it or any of the buildings that could hold it didn’t look like a place I would eat at. The park is nestled in a nice mountainous area and they have a tiny village of a restaurant and kiosk, petting zoo, train and some craft stores, nice for the first time but nothing like Julian area, for those who know that area. Overall the employees were very good but I didn’t leave anything there. Wi-Fi is available at $2 per night but I kept getting knocked off and had to re-login. And as an RPI guest which I had to pay an extra $4 service fee? don't understand that. - Zgork
May 2012 - $13.00
The drive up the twisting mountain road may be scary for some people but it indicated that the place would definitely not be in an urban setting. Upon first look, the place looks very shabby. However, our site was level and very long with mountain and valley views. The trees in our area of the campground were small. In the other area the trees were full grown but this was an area for long term campers and looked like a poor mountain community with plywood add-on porches, etc. We enjoyed the calls of neighboring peacocks who came down from the woods in the day. The campground warned of bears, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes and snakes but we are used to many of these critters as our home is in the desert. There seemed to be several activities for kids including a pool that is open after Memorial Day. Our $13 fee was because we are AOR members. Wi-Fi was $2 a day extra. - oldbroad
Aug 2010 - $13.00
Stayed here for a week we'll never be able to live again. What a dump! Restrooms and showers were filthy with beer cans on the ledges and smashed bugs on the walls. No one cleaned restrooms thoroughly the whole time we stayed. Many permanent residence live in the camp separated from visitor campers by a dry creek. You only met them when they came out at night to visit the camp's fulltime bar: watered down drinks and mystery meat burgers. Employees were new and didn't know too much about the area. Long mountain drive into town and civilization. We definitely will NOT stay here again. - BudNietz
Aug 2016 - $41.00
We had a lovely stay at this Yucaipa Regional Park. There are two sections for RV's. Section one is heavily treed, but the trade off is the site backs up to a rather busy street, so I would suspect noise could be an issue. We stayed in the other section and while trees were sparse, the view of the desert mountains was very pretty. Sites are asphalt and #23 required very little leveling. Full hook ups were well spaced and in good working order. Each site has an uncovered concrete patio with a large picnic table and Bar-b-q pit. We dusted for ants, but they were not bad. During the week, we almost had the park to ourselves, but by Friday evening every site was taken. However, the sites are so generously spaced that we never felt overrun and everyone was considerate and noise was not a problem. The grounds, hiking/walking trails, roads, and outbuildings were well maintained and landscaped nicely. We would definitely stay here again. - the Fishers
Aug 2016 - $44.00
This gem of a park is right in our neighborhood. We chose it as a close destination for our first "shake down" in our new motorhome. For an urban park, it has the appearance of a remote country location. Only sites closer to the entrance experiencing traffic noise remind you of the urban setting. It has lots of fully grown trees, acres of grass and large sites to enjoy. Day use area provides water park activities which is popular on weekends. Some sites are designed for multiple family gatherings. We thoroughly enjoyed our brief stay here. - Roger H.
Jun 2016 - $40.00
Really liked this campground. It is convenient and not far off I-10. We stayed 4 days and it was great. Our campsite was level and we had no issues with our Internet (Verizon Jetpack) and DirecTV. It was a nice, quiet, well maintained campground with full hookups and 50 amp service. A little pricey but a nice stop in the middle of the summer. We will return in our 40' RV. - rwarner22
Jun 2011 - $33.00
Great state campground! Super clean and nice. Only reason for the 9 is wi-fi and phone don't work well (Our wifi, campground does not offer) and no pull through sites. All sites are back in and noise does carry, so some groups can be loud. Also, they now charge $5 if you disconnect your tow car coming up the windy mountain roads, which is silly! It was clear it was our tow car, and we followed the RV in. Guess it's part of the way our state is trying to make up lost revenue. This books up fast as there are not a lot of electric sites. Sites are spacious and just plain nice! Thank you to the crew who really cares and takes care of it. - Dank
Jun 2009 - $32.00
This is a wonderful campground! Just wish it had more spots for larger RVs with hookups too. It's very rustic, but nature at it's best. It's also very hard to get in, we certainly could use more RV available places to go around Lake Arrowhead area! It's well maintained and the staff has always been very friendly and helpful. - Dank
Aug 2008 - $32.00
Good place to camp, very friendly staff, great affordable site, clean restrooms and showers. Only one draw back is the noise from highway 18, you can hear it especially in the morning. The high school is also located next to the campground so if they are playing football or if the band is practicing you hear that too. We enjoyed the football and the band! We will be back. The rangers told us that it is especially beautiful in the fall because the dogwood tree's are in bloom. - Kat1146
Oct 2015 - $48.00
A beautiful location up in the mountains, but not for the faint-hearted or for vehicles prone to overheating. The drive entails 16 miles up a switchback road, precipitous drop-offs on one side. I drive a 40-foot rig, and some of the hairpin turns meant using both lanes!
Once there, the place is isolated, tranquil, beautiful. Our wooded campsite was isolated enough that we didn't see anybody except the park ranger soon after we arrived. Shower house was an easy 1/4 mile walk, nice hot showers, spacious shower stalls, everything clean.
Apart from the drive there, the only 2 negatives were that my GPS tried to take me in the back way, through a footpath (not the park's fault, but ended in a narrow cul-de-sac), then when we left, no exit signs! We were driving round loops not designed for a 40-foot RV for about 15 minutes till we found the camp host who gave us directions out. - RV-Roamer
Oct 2014 - $38.00
We have stayed at this forested campground years ago and decided to come back for a visit. Our site was sloped quite a bit from back to front, which caused the front wheels of our MH to be off of the ground. The trees were very close and our front door opened between two trees, which made it kind of an obstacle course getting in and out of the door. All of the usable space was behind the rig. The 50 amp service worked well, and there was a water faucet close enough to the rig so I could get water at the site using about 75' of water hose. The big negative for me was the addition of the new "pay dump station" at the front entry. The price of the park was pricey in itself for the lack of full hook ups, but the new dump station charges a $10 per dump fee whether you are staying in the park or not. I stayed 5 days in the park, and brought a gray water tote to allow for the extended stay. I was shocked by $10 per use fee for registered campers. $2 to $3 would have been reasonable, but $10 is just ripping off the public. In my opinion, these unreasonably high fees will just encourage campers to illegally dump there gray water on the ground. I will not stay here again just because of the dump fee. - SargeW
Oct 2009 - $33.00
This is a nice quiet campground nestled in the woods. All of the RV spaces are paved. However, they are not level. Our space was close to level side-to-side, but the tongue on the front of our trailer was almost on the ground to get it level front to back. There was not too much level ground even near the picnic table. Inconvenient, but not terrible. We still managed to enjoy the outdoors, and not all of the spaces were like that. The facility is well maintained and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. There is ample space between the sites, and the surrounding trees make each space seem very secluded. We had a spot with an electric hookup and there was water nearby. They also have a dump station at the checkout. Overall, we liked this place and we'll be back. Next time bringing more leveling blocks. - Linerider