Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
No Drinking Water
About Brush Creek Dispersed Camping

Brush Creek is a dispersed camping or day use site open year round. There are vault toilets available and seasonal trash bins. This is where the Brush Creek meets the Upper Kern River and is a good spot for fishing. Campfire permits are required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves. Permits are available at your local Ranger Station or online at

USDA Forest Service
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
No ADA Access
Alcohol Allowed
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
Not Reservable
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
Trash Available
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Brush Creek Dispersed Camping is located in California
35.9644 N
-118.4782 W
Get Directions
Head north from Kernville approximately 15 miles and Brush Creek will be on the west side of the road.
5 Reviews of Brush Creek Dispersed Camping
Can be nice without the crowds

Great campground about 30 minutes north of Kernville. There is a nice general store called McNally's just 10 min short of here. We showed up on Thursday and it was nice and mellow. But then the weekend crowd showed up Friday. It got very crowded and finding a spot can get desperate. Show up early and if u can do a weekday trip, do it. I tried a little fishing but didn't catch anything. Saw some others catch a couple throw backs. The water was wonderful and low for good swimming. I'd come back for sure.

Amazing Site!

Really great spot and near to the creek for wonderful hikes. Trees are amazing

First Solo Trip

Was with a group of friends and being young we did come unprepared on a few cases but this was a great spot to settle on. Waters were quick but the few creeks around the area should be cared for, cleaned, and enjoyed on every opportunity possible. The trail across the road has beautiful scenery for those who respect it and has good space for those who can claim them first. Sandles are needed of course and bug spray is handy, and there’s a general store everyone stops at for gas and last minute necessities further down south on the road. A few secret places for those who know how to ask the right patrons.

Free, beautiful, stream-side camping

This is our favorite campground in the Sequoia National Forest, of the four we've stayed in. As long as you are 25 feet away from the river you can camp anywhere you want, so definitely not restricted to the parking lot area. There are some beautiful spots high up on a bank overlooking the stream. A quick walk down to the stream allows for quick refreshing dips whenever you want. The sound of the stream makes for wonderful white noise at night.

Facilities. There are vault toilets. During the summer season there are also trash bins provided. Unfortunately this campground does not have separate recycling bins nor running water. But hey, it's free! Just make sure to apply for your fire permit online ahead of time to be allowed to set up campfires or use camp stoves.

Dogs allowed throughout the forest as long as they are on leash.

Activities in the area:

  • This campground is the closest to the trailhead for 7 teacups hiking or canyoneering
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • White water tubing/rafting/kayaking
First to Review
if car camping parties is your thing...

lots of car campers & RVs in a dirt parking lot with access to the river but camping not allowed off thre parking lot. many families and a busy area.