Location: SR-38 San Bernardino County, CA
Sites: 87 sites, 11 Equestrian sites, 1 Equestrian Group site
Nightly Fee: $23 no hookups, $46 double sites, Senior Pass (Golden Age Pass) discount, no info available for Equestrian sites
Amenities: Water, Vault Restrooms, Bench/Tables in sites, Firepits.
Topography: Mountains, Pine Trees.
Miles One-Way: 53
Directions: CA-91 E toward San Bernardino to I-215 N to I-10 E toward Redlands. Take exit 80 for University St north to E Lugonia Ave east on Mentone Blvd (CA-38). Continue onto CA-38 E/Mill Creek Rd through Angeles Oaks, Barton Flats, South Fork Campground for approximately 3 to 4 miles to entrance to Heart Bar campground on right.
Website: Heart Bar Campground Info
Nicely secluded off Hwy 38 around 35 miles north of Redlands is an amazing campground called Heart Bar. Years and years ago my buddy Kirk told me about this awesome hideaway but it wasn’t till around 2008 that I actually got around to checking it out. Since then we’ve joined a bunch of our friends camping at Heart Bar time after time and year after year!
Each season that we sneak away and find ourselves up at Heart Bar we are pleasantly surprised how it just gets better and better. Last time we talked about this campground we told you about all the surrounding things to do such as fishing at Jenks Lake or checking out the stream fishing down around Seven Oaks Campground.
Again, Big Bear is only about 30 minutes up the road at the most and has all the stores with all the supplies you might need if you forgot something and tons of great restaurants if ya’ don’t feel like cooking!
Another one of the great pluses of this specific campground are the campground hosts, Bob and Cathy! At one time they were hosts up in Big Bear at Serrano Campground but recent years have found them here at Heart Bar. Consequently there is a very easy going feeling here, very peaceable.
But behind the scenes are some very well kept, spacious campsites with the cleanest pit toilets in the San Bernardino mountains. No one makes a camper feel more comfortable or welcome than these two very special people.
And speaking of making one feel extremely comfortable, we were blessed to have a couple my heroes today stop off and say howdy. Our granddaughters were ecstatic when they got to pet these beautiful horses. Our many thanks goes out to the incredible deputy sheriffs of San Bernardino County.
One should always bring a good book or two and a great selection of music along because many times you will sit down for a few minutes to just check out the view but will it extremely tough to get back out of your chair due to the incredible beauty of this wonderful getaway in the San Bernardino Mtns.
This year we’ve been lucky this far and haven’t spotted any rattlesnakes but heard that there were a few down in the meadow below us. We did have a coyote walk past our campground during the afternoon and heard it’s pack an hour or two later. We also struck out on the deer and bear appearances so far this year.
As I previously mentioned in the last Travelogue post on Heart Bar, one of the best things about this campground are the large amounts of first come first served sites available. We started out this trip in site 91 which we had never been in before and couldn’t believe what an awesome site it was. Eventually we did move over to the meadow area but were very impressed with the sites in the Santa Ana loop!
Well this season is still young with many more camping days available for these local mountains. Don’t be a stranger to Heart Bar campground, Bob and Cathy are just waitin’ for ya’. If you need anymore information, check out Heart Bar Campground Info. or feel free to just drop us a line and let us know how we can help. More campgrounds and information can be found in our Travelogue area!
By R.C. Stude