Headquarters Campground

Sequoia National Forest

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Mountain Hwy 99 Kernville, CA 93238 760-376-3781 Reservations: 877-444-6777 Official Website

GPS: 35.7962, -118.4501

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Overview of Headquarters Campground

Number of Sites 44

Reservations yes

Elevation 2,755 ft / 839 m

Max Length 27 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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Last reported 5/24/2021
Bisbee, AZ
20' Forest River Rockwood A-Frame A215HW
Toyota Tundra
66 reviews
“Nice campground for small RVs and tents”

Reviewed 5/24/2021

Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 18
Overall Rating

Camped 5/4/21-5/6/21 (Tue, Wed, Thur nights). We reserved online and were charged $98 for 3 nights. This was the $30/night plus the $8 processing fee. Our senior pass got us half price (off nightly rate). Sites are back-in and have a fire ring, bear box, and picnic table. Water spigots and vault toilets are interspersed throughout the campground. (Water spigots are not the kind that have threads for a hose.)

We really liked this campground. However, it is not one for larger RVs. The roads in the campground are skinny and lined with rocks. So are the back-in sites. Our 21' popup and pickup truck barely fit, and it was one of the longer pads. There are a lot of short pads that would accommodate a car only. Some sites were full sun or part sun, others were in the shade. Ours was level, but some were a bit sloped. There was a nice paved handicapped site, and paved sidewalk to a vault toilet nearby.

VTs were clean and not smelly. The one in our loop even had a cleaning schedule posted. The camp host was friendly and took care of the campground. NOTE: The water spigots in our loop C put out somewhat brownish water - I wouldn't drink it. Another in the center area was not quite as brownish.

It was great to hear the rushing water, and we enjoyed the variety of birds we saw there, as well as the amazing views. We also swam which was nice since it was hot. We put one of our kayaks in, but didn't go far due to the rocks and rapids.

Our cell phones barely worked (went between 0 and 1 bar). Noise: Someone was running a generator, but not that near to us. The road is fairly well traveled, but traffic lessens at night. As for conveniences, there's a small store just down from the campground; a market and other conveniences are in Kernville.

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Verizon 4G/LTE

WhatsNext_OutWest would stay here again

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1 review
“Great time”

Reviewed 5/4/2021

Days stayed: 5
Site Number: 112
Overall Rating

Weren’t sure about camping here since there was only one review of it on Campendium and we had also never been to the area. We have a 2020 Winnebago Micro Mini pulled by a 2020 Ram Rebel. We fit perfectly in the site, however campers next to us had a larger 25ft trailer and they had a hard time getting around the turnaround. They had to drive over large boulders!! Careful.
Sure was great with good access to to river. Campground was clean. Bathrooms were clean. Plenty of water everywhere. Host was great. There wasn’t a lot of shade at our site. Some of the ones closer to the entrance had great trees coverage. Had a great time. Will go again.

Site Quality

Bapquest would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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