The Barton Flats Campground provides a taste of just about everything the San Bernardino National Forest has to offer. In addition to a nearby lake and river access, a variety hiking, biking and horseback riding trails can be accessed from the campground. Its location also provides a great place for visitors to relax, take in the fresh, mountain air, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The campground provides access to the famed Santa Ana River Trail, which will someday run from the mountains to the seaside, providing spectacular views along the way. It is currently popular for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
The 2.5-mile Rio Monte Trail is also accessed from the campground and ends at the Rio Monte Panorama, which overlooks the deep gorge of the Santa Ana River Valley.
The Jenks Lake Trail begins at the Barton Flats Visitor Center on the Rio Monte Trail. It then follows Barton Road to an old logging road to Jenks Lake.
At nearby Jenks Lake visitors can enjoy fishing and non-motorized boating, including canoeing and kayaking. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout and there are also some largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish and catfish available. Fishing is also available in the nearby Santa Ana River.
The campground offers dozens of single and double campsites, available for tent and RV camping. Some accessible sites are available as well. There are no hookups at the campground, however, the parking aprons are paved and a dump station is available.
Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible flush toilets, showers and drinking water are provided. Firewood is sold at the campground.
Located 36 miles northeast of San Bernardino, this campground is nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains, just off the Rim of the World Scenic Byway. The level campsites are tucked among a variety of pine and oak trees, at an elevation of 6,360 feet.
For facility specific information, please call (909) 866-8550.
The Grayback Amphitheater on State Route 38 provides evening educational programs throughout the summer months.
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We got lucky and booked this on the same week! The campsites are a good distance from each other. Most are separated by big tree trunks. Every site has a bench, fire pit, and bear lockers. There are water pumps located throughout the area. The bathrooms I must say are the best I've seen. Its clean with running toilet that flushes with a sink! So it's not your typical toilet seat on top of a hole. Lol. It's less than 10 mins away from Lake Jenks, which a nice spot to check out for hiking, fishing and picnicing. Would recommend this place.
Cool spot to drive in and pitch a tent last minute. Jenks lake is just up the road. You can catch trout, bass and small little blue Gil and crappie. Lots of places to hike and is very convenient
Came here for a weekend, good spot for tent camping, I went on an off trail hike, cool, fun area. Some views. Drove over to the lake but couldn’t find parking. Very quiet and clean as well.
The camp is very clean.. Trees everywhere and lots of exploring ,which is my favorite part . There were 12 of us with adjoined campsites plus my dog. We've been going here since I was little and the reason is because it's so close but feels so far away and there's streams and just a lot to see. Only down fall is there's no fishing it's a 45 minute drive to the next lake.
If you know the area then you know that most of these campgrounds are fairly shaded, but can still get very hot with the high desert not to far away. Barton Flats is not by anymeans the best place to be for tent camping due to this, but would make an excellent trade off for those looking to bring up the family and the trailer. There is a dump station a the entrance of the camp, and the sites are not too close together to be inconvenienced by your neighbors.
Close to the valley as well as Big Bear I can see this as a good middle ground to get out. There are some spots that are much more shaded than others. my favorites I’ll list here were site #’s 4 which sits on the center loop, 47 outer loop, and double sites 7 and 43. Yes a double site costs double the price. All sites are within a quick walk to a bathroom and new water pipes were located throughout the camp.
The grounds themselves are lackluster with not much to see, but I did notice there are several undocumented sequoia trees that must be near at-least 70 years old in the middle of camp. You can distinguish them from the local cedars by their lighter green coloring, sponge like bark (cedar is a hard bark/wood), and their branches not fanning out like cedars do but more spread in long skinny fingers. Make a note to your kids! We are one of the very few areas that have the ability for these wonderful trees to flourish.
A very quiet campground nesteled among the trees. Water is available. Flush toilets and showers available. Short hike to Jenks Lake
The campground is beautiful and can get crowded. The campsites are pretty big and have some privacy. There's a hiking trail in the campground with a great view. BUT camp hosts were very strict (which is usually fine) and approached us about 4 or 5 times to tell us to do things (we couldn't pull into our campsite, too loud, fire was too big). All of these can be reasonable things to fix but my husband and I are avid campers and have never had issues with camp hosts.
This spot is a good distance from the restrooms and has a water station right by the spot market. Restroom was clean with plenty toilet paper. There were also electrical plugs and a mirror. Trail from camp leads to Jenks Lake, east 3 mile hike out and back.
Spaces far apart, don't feel like you are on top of your neighbor. Some hiking trails. Running water. Vault toilets.
Had a great visit here about a month ago. We visited in April 2016 and it was such a change in climate from San Diego. It was mountainous, cool and peaceful. The campground was clean and the management personnel were helpful. We enjoyed a long weekend here and liked its easy access to trails. The campground is also only about 40 minutes from Big Bear, so a quick day trip to the town was easy to do. The site itself was great, not too close to neighbors and rather spacious. Easy walk to the restroom, too.