Headquarters Campground is situated along the Kern River, 6 miles north of the town of Kernville. Hiking, fishing, kayaking and rafting are popular activities.
Hiking, fishing, kayaking and rafting are popular activities in the Upper Kern River area. Click here to learn more about the area, including safety and permitting requirements and a listing of local outfitters.
Headquarters Campground offers a mix of standard, RV and tent-only sites. Picnic tables and campfire rings are provided, as are vault toilets and drinking water.
The campground sits within Sequoia National Forest at an elevation of 2,800 feet in an open area overlooking the Kern Wild and Scenic River. Some sites overlook the river and lie in the shade of oak, juniper and cottonwood trees. Sites sitting further from the river are more open and have little to no shade.
Sequoia National Forest, located at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada in central California, is named for the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, which grows in more than 30 groves on the forest's lower slopes.
The forest comprises about 1.1 million acres. Elevations range from about 1,000 to 12,000 feet, creating precipitous canyons and mountain streams with spectacular waterfalls such as Salmon Creek Falls and Grizzly Falls.
The Cannell Meadow National Recreation Trail begins just north of Kernville. The trail stretches 11.5 miles as it climbs through mixed pine and fir forest to Cannell Meadow and a historic Forest Service cabin built between 1904 and 1909. Hikers are awarded beautiful views of the Kern River Valley along the trip.
Visitors enjoy making day trips to Sequoia National Park and Giant Sequoia National Monument.
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PROS: lots of shade in every camp. Our camp was very shady and trees gave it more privacy from our neighbors. We camp near the river so we had a much exciting experience. Host was very welcoming and nice usually they stop by in the evening. You can reserve online that way when you arrive you have a spot saved. Every site has water, this place does have 2 yurt sites which is so incredible, maybe one time we will rent it out but it is a bit pricey. Other than that you have a awesome view of the river, also make sure to wear a vest currents are a bit overwhelming especially for kids. When we stayed there was a little boy who drowned. Please watch over your kids. This river is not something to mess around. If your tubing tie a rope to it.
CONS: gets crowded in the summer, people pass by your site and stare lol.