8 Awesome Things to Do on California’s Kern River


2. Camping

What better way to fully enjoy the Kern River than to spend a few days or more here? Pack a bag and a bedroll and head on out! There are dozens of day use and overnight campgrounds along the Kern River. Many have river views or river access so you can head right down to the water in just minutes. Different campgrounds allow different types of camping, so make sure you find the right one for the size of your RV, the number of people in your group, and other needs like sewage dumping and trash barrels. Most campgrounds have restrooms and trash barrels. Camp fires are not permitted due to the dryness of the area and the fire danger, but gas grills are. Depending on where you camp, you could wake up each morning to mountain views, the sound of the bubbling river, and early morning deer sightings.

1. Fall in Love with Nature

One of the best things about a river is that it attracts wildlife of all kinds. Rivers are life-giving places where species that would never otherwise interact often meet. And there are some incredible species in the Sequoia National Park. Up in the more mountainous portions of the river, you could see bighorn sheep on the hills above you. Black bears enjoy foraging in nearby meadows, so be sure to protect yourself and your food! Mule deer, several species of squirrels, and even mountain lions can also be observed along the river. If you’re a birder, keep an eye and ear out for over 200 species of birds, including peregrine falcons, brown-headed cowbirds, and Bullock’s orioles, to name a few. And, of course, the Kern River is the lifeblood of a variety of plant life. Sit under gnarled blue oaks, giant sequoias, and ponderosa pine.

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