Camping and Fishing CaliforniaHints, Tips and Information to Get You Started on This Great Adventure
6-16-16 Heart Bar Campground
Location: SR-38 San Bernardino County, CA
Sites: 87 sites, 11 Equestrian sites, 1 Equestrian Group site
Nightly Fee: $23 no hookups, $?? 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 2 to 3 miles to entrance to Heart Bar campground on right.
Website: Heart Bar Campground Info
Heart Bar Campground, San Bernardino County is indeed one of the better kept secrets of Southern California. One of the best features is it’s close proximity to the Inland Empire. We usually are on the road no more than an hour and twenty minutes with a very mild trek up the mountains to this hidden treasure. On your way up Hwy 38 you’ll notice Glass Rd on your left which will lead you to some very nice Trout fishing along the Santa Ana River down off Seven Oaks Rd.
A little further up the road on your right you’ll notice a road that leads you Jenks Lake where you’ll find a great day use area with some pretty nice Trout and Catfish fishing. Last time we were there I believe that there was a $6 day use parking fee. You can access the banks of the lake all the way around or fish off of a dock type of setting where you’ll often see the fish swimming right below ya’.
Heart Bar campground has neighboring equestrian camping available and a little further up it’s road is a free camping area. Many times you will see horse and rider meandering through the beautiful meadow below the campgrounds. Occasionally you will see a bear, a deer or two or some coyotes passing through.
This is also a camping area that you’ll want to watch you kids and pets closely due to a rattlesnake or two winding through the camping area. One had been spotted the week before we arrived on this last trip. Our previous trip found us confronting one heading through our campfire area where we had quite a few adults, some pets and a few children.
One of the many things that makes this campground idea is the fact that it is spread out nicely whether you are camping in one of the 63 reservable sites or one of the 26 first come first serve sites. Another great feature is the fact that the spaciousness of this campground gives you a lot of paved road to walk and stretch your legs on.
Each of the main 89 sites is paved and many are fairly level making it easy to spot and level your rig. Vault restrooms and fresh water are always close by. The camp hosts have always proved to be topnotch here and your campsite is always clean and well maintained when you arrive. A fairly large group camping area is available for large groups.
It can get pretty cold at nights so be sure and bring ample clothing and bedding for those cold nights.
For more information on one of the best campgrounds San Bernardino National Forest, just leave us a question/comment and we’ll be glad to help ya’ any way we can.
By R.C. Stude