California Camping Areas

Thorn Meadows

Thorn Meadows Camping Area is located in the Sequoia National Forest in California, and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests. The campground is close to several points of interest, including the Trail of 100 Giants, which features some of the largest trees in the world, and the Kern River, which offers opportunities for fishing and water activities.

The campground itself offers a variety of amenities, including picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets. There is no potable water available, so visitors should plan to bring their own or treat water from nearby sources. The campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis and has 12 campsites available.

An interesting fact about the area is that it was once home to the Kaweah Colony, a utopian community that was established in the late 19th century. Although the colony only lasted a few years, its legacy can still be seen in the area.

The best time of year to visit Thorn Meadows Camping Area is from June to September, when temperatures range from the mid-70s during the day to the mid-40s at night. Visitors should be aware that the campground is at an elevation of 7,000 feet, so it can get chilly at night even during the summer months. Get driving directions.


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