8 Awesome Things to Do on California’s Kern River


6. Unwind with Riverfront Views

How do you unwind? Whether you enjoy reading, going for a run, or hanging out with friends and family, you can do it all on the Kern River. And chances are, it’s going to be better out here in nature. Why? Because no matter what you love doing, the natural beauty of the river adds a whole new level of peace. Does yoga bring you serenity? Do a few Sun Salutations or Tree Poses as the morning’s first few rays enter the canyon. Do you enjoy having quiet time to think? Grab a lawn chair, your favorite beverage, and park yourself under a river-front tree. The bubbling river and cool breezes are nothing short of inspiring. Do social activities refresh you? Bring your friends and family to river to enjoy it all with you. Everything’s better in a place you love, and you’ll love the Kern River.

kern river view

5. Jump off Alligator Rock

Elton John has Crocodile Rock, and the Kern River has Alligator Rock. Located just down the hill from Limestone Campground near Isabella Lake, Alligator Rock is the place to show off your cannonball skills. This rock formation looks like the head of the ancient creature emerging from the river waters below to a height of nearly 10 feet above. A playful outdoorsman has even painted on a pair of smiling red eyes so the alligator can see well enough to judge your form. It’s not uncommon for grown men, giggling teenagers, and even small children to jump from the alligator’s snout with a splash below. The water here is calm and deep enough for feet-first jumping. Plus, there’s plenty of space for waiting parents to catch little ones when they jump. Alligator Rock can be slippery, however, so use caution and accompany children at all times!

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