Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park RV & Campground Guide

California

Located near Earlimart, CA, Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park pays tribute to 300-plus families who settled in the area in the early 1900s to escape Southern sharecropping. Visitors can learn more about the life of Colonel Allensworth, who rose to be the highest black officer in the United States before his retirement in 1906, as they wander through the nine historic buildings at this state park. You can also explore the way that the black residents farmed and governed themselves until the town eventually ran out of water when arsenic was found in the local wells. This park, which is about 30 miles north of Bakersfield, hosts several events throughout the year, including an Old Time Jubilee in May, a Juneteenth celebration, and a rededication celebration every October. You can visit the visitors' center to learn how these early settlers lived out the American Dream, take a guided cell phone tour, or go camping when you visit this park in the San Joaquin Valley. 

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Weather
Spring 48-73 F
Summer 64-97 F
Fall 58-87 F
Winter 40 -59 F
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Nearby Cities
Earlimart, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is a must-see destination for those traveling by RV through Central California. If you do not have an RV, you can easily rent one on RVshare

John Whitehead Jr. Campground

This 115-site campground lies just north of the historical town. Of its campsites, 15 accommodate RVs at the cost of $20 a night. 

John Whitehead Jr. Campground

• Water hookup: No 

• Electrical hookup: No 

• Sewer hookup: No 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Large shade structures, picnic tables, fire rings

Fun and Sun RV Park

Fun and Sun RV Park in Tulare has 60 RV camping sports, and each costs about $60 per night. Spend the day playing in the outdoor pool or the clubhouse after parking your RV on one of the shaded pull-through spots. 

Fun and Sun RV Park

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Swimming pool, playground, laundry facilities

Tule Campground

Located on the shores of Lake Success, the Tule Campground offers 103 sites that rent for about $25 per night. This campground offers a boat ramp, playgrounds, and campfire programs. 

Tule Campground

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Lake, fishing, kayaking

Visalia/Sequoia National Park KOA

This campground, which is located a few miles northwest of Visalia, offers a seasonal swimming pool and dog park. All sites at this campground have gravel pads and rent for about $55 per night. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Picnic tables, shade, fire rings

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What to Do at
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Inside Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Once you get to Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, you'll want to check out the 20th-century buildings, which include a schoolhouse, a church, businesses, homes, a hotel, and a library. Learn how the highest-ranking black officer in the United States military built this community when he retired so that other residents of color could live out their dreams. Hike or bike along the paths to see interpretive displays and maps explaining what caused this community’s downfall. 

Outside Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Outside this park, campers will find many different opportunities to shop and explore the local area. The San Joaquin Valley region offers an elk reserve, lakes and biking trails. Consider the following opportunities to explore near Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.

Restaurants

La Pasadita

Sit at brightly decorated picnic tables to enjoy authentic Mexican food at this permanently placed food truck.

Type: Mexican

Location: 847 North Front Rd, Earlimart, CA 93219

Taqueria El Sol De Jalisco

This small restaurant serves outstanding tacos al pastors, and it offers exceptional service. 

Type: Mexican

Location: 124 S Front St, Earlimart CA 93219

Sanad Freeze

While ice cream is their specialty, you can also get great burgers and fish at this restaurant. 

Type: American

Location: 853 Armstrong Ave, Earlimart, CA 93219

Jenny’s Café

Start your day with one of their wonderful omelets or finish it with a satisfying Mexican meal at this small café. 

Type: American/Mexican

Location: 1001 Ellington St, Delano, CA 93215

Oishi Teriyaki and Sushi

Outstanding Miso soup and sushi are served at this small restaurant, which features a casual atmosphere. 

Type: Japanese

Location: 1420 Main St, Delano, CA 93215

Shopping

Little Flower Shop

If you need some flowers while camping, be sure to visit this florist in Delano. 

Location: 616 High St, Delano, CA 93215

Sprout's Farmers Market

Specializing in organic produce, this grocery store in the Shops at Riverwalk offers excellent food. 

Location: 0000 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93311

Bella at the Marketplace

Find contemporary clothing, shoes, and accessories at Bella at the Marketplace. 

Location: 9000 Ming Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93311

In Your Wildest Dreams

If you love one-of-a-kind vintage clothing and home accessories, then check out this store. 

Location: 716 19th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

Downtown Thrift

Find toys, glass, antiques, and more at this downtown Bakersfield store. 

Location: 1320 19th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

Sightseeing

Zalud House

While some insist that this house is haunted, everyone can enjoy this home, which was constructed in the late 1800s and is filled with period furnishings. 

Location: 393 North Hockett St, Porterville, CA 93257

OHV Park

If you love riding dirt bikes, mopeds, and ATVs, then head to this track where you can watch or participate in the fun.

Location: 2701 West Scranton Ave, Porterville, CA 93257

California Area Living Museum

See the animals at the zoo before attempting the low-and-high ropes course and the climbing tower. 

Location: 10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93301

Buck Owens' Crystal Palace

See local and touring country bands at this venue along with viewing the 40-year collection of memorabilia. 

Location: 2800 Buck Owens Blvd, Bakersfield, CA 93308

Kern County Museum

Learn about the importance of oil and gas to the development of Bakersfield during a stop at the Kern County Museum, where you can also view houses, a bank, a gas station, and a dress shop from the start of the 20th century. 

Location: 3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301

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How to Get to
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is located about 30 miles north of Bakersfield, CA. To get to the park from Bakersfield, get on California state highway 99 going toward Earlimart. Get off at Avenue 56, which is exit 65, and turn west toward Alpaugh. You will be on County Road 122, which is also West Sierra Avenue. Go 7.4 miles and turn south on California state highway 43, which is also the Central Valley Highway. Go until you come to Palmer Avenue. Turn right, and you will see the park’s entrance. 

Entering Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Per vehicle : $10

1-4 adults

Per bus : $75

25 or fewer seats

Per bus : $125

25+ seats

If you're interested in the black experience in the early 20th century or American History in general, you must take a trip to Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. The original families here went through a lot to break free from oppression. Think about the horrors of running out of water and discovering the little that was left was poisoned. If you have been to this historically significant setting, please share your memories and photos with the team at RVshare. Email them to [email protected]