Standard (Tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Pineknot

Big Bear Lake Campground is located in the mountains of San Bernardino at Big Bear Lake. It is a popular destination for many outdoor enthusiasts looking for respite from the busy cities nearby. While the campground can accommodate RVs, it is best situated for tent camping. It is in a prime location for mountain biking.


Its location at the base of a ski mountain provides visitors with unlimited access to popular lift-served mountain biking trails. Hikers also enjoy the campground's proximity to a number of trails that vary in levels of difficulty.

Big Bear Lake offers a variety of water-related recreation opportunities, including boating and fishing. A marina is located about five miles from the campground. The cold waters of the lake aren't too popular for swimming, but canoeing and sailing on the lake are viable options.


The campground offers dozens of single-family sites for tent or RV camping. Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. No hookups are available. Trash collection bins are also available and a campground host is on-site. A dump station is available across the lake at Serrano Campground.

Natural Features

The campground sits at the base of Snow Summit Ski Resort at an elevation of 6,900 feet. It is nestled in a dense forest of fir, pine and oak trees, which provide ample shade in the campground.

Nearby Attractions

The adjacent town of Big Bear Lake provides opportunities for shopping and dining.

ADA Access: N

$31.00 - $33.00
National Forest
Drive In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Showers
Trash Available
No WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Water Hookups
Max Length: 26 ft.
Pineknot is located in California
34.2353 N
-116.8831 W
Get Directions
From I-10 in Redlands, take Highway 330 to Highway 18 in Running Springs. Continue east on Highway 18 at Big Bear Lake Dam, go straight at the dam and follow Highway 18. Turn onto Summit Boulevard and continue to a block wall. Turn left into the campground.
10 Reviews of Pineknot
Great campground near town

Tucked away just a skip and a hop from the town, Pine Knot is a great camping spot for those that don’t want to be too far from exploring all the attractions of Big Bear. Despite being close to a developed area, the campground still feels like a getaway in the woods. Sites are well spaced out for the most part. Would recommend finding a site at the back of the campground (higher # site) if you want a more privacy. I stayed at site #47 and it was nicely set back. Snow summit is also a stones throw away. The Camp host kept the grounds tidy. Bathrooms with flush toilets and a sink were a nice surprise. Even with the fire ban, still enjoyed a great stay in the woods!

In Big Bear

This campsite is literally in Big Bear, so if you want to be close to the city this is a great spot for you. Very crowded and little privacy, but very pretty.

What a great, peaceful place!

I’ve been to Big Bear many times, and love it every time, but this was my first time camping there. My family went with our normal camping family, as our kids get along beautifully, as well as the adults. We had spaces 1 and 3, which were close to the main gate. They were far enough away where you felt like you were well within the campgrounds. Between the two spaces, was a huge open area, which was great for the kids and dogs to play. I discovered toward the end of the trip, that we should have set our tents up at the back end of the sites, as this is where the flattest spots were. Fire rings are provided, as well as grills if you chose to make use of those. This campground does provide running water throughout the campsite for washing dishes, hands, etc. There are also flushing toilets in multiple locations. Bear lockers are provided, and they should be used. My only complaint, and this is no fault of the campground was that there are a ton of flies during the day. They leave at night. Make sure to keep your tents fully zipped up because they will get in there. We had to buy a can of Raid and spray the entire tent. I have never swept up so many dead flies. :) Beyond that, I would stay here again in a heartbeat. The weather was great, there is plenty of shade, and it gets really dark at night, which makes star gazing, and having a campfire perfect!

Awesome camp sites! Reserve well in advance

Best camping in Big Bear!

Very clean

I recently stayed here for a Spartan Race (in May). It was a very clean site with a convenient bear-box. The hosts are great people and make sure that the site is clear of needles, leaves, branches, etc. They do have flushable toilets and running water sinks however they do not have showers. I spoke to the hosts and they recommended to stop by the sister campground on the other side of the lake (7 minute drive) for hot showers which is what I did. Overall it was a great campground to stay at


Easy access from the road. 5-10 minutes from town. Sites were all a decent size. Bear bins. The best part of this campground is it is within walking distance of Snow Summit. We walked over and took the ski lift up to the top and hiked around the loop. BEAUTIFUL!

Great, beautiful little spot.

Clean, relaxing area that gives each party plenty of room. Pet friendly, our three dogs loved it! Staff was incredibly helpful and hard working. Also it was well located as it was a semi-quick drive to a few fun locations. Will be coming again, though I hear it requires a reservation well in advance. This is a very popular location!

Easy getaway!

It’s a normal campground with restrooms and water access. It doesn’t get to crowded and the spots are pretty distant from each other giving you an isolated feel! Good place for dogs and kids.

Charming spot

We absolutely love it here. The only downfall is that this spots are small and so close together. This would be ideal if you are coming with a large group and book out several sites.

First to Review
Pineknot Campground, Big Bear Lake, Ca

A bit challenging to locate via Google Maps… Just go up (south) Summit Blvd, when you get to the parking lot of the ski resort, veer towards the left, and just past a concrete wall, you'll see the little Pineknot Campground sign attached to an aluminium pole. The campground is very cozy, countless tall pine trees, clean bathrooms, clean sites, water from taps, no hookups, and not for big rigs. The hosts are friendly, but strict! No generators from 8 pm to 8 am, a $3000 fine if your campfire is left unattended, and no rowdy obnoxious behavior is tolerated! We appreciated the rules, and thoroughly enjoyed our peaceful, quiet, deep in the woods getaway!!