Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest RV & Campground Guide

California

Located in the Southern Sierra Nevada range near Porterville and Tulare, Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest is a high-elevation, 4,800-acre wonderland that's home to some of the oldest trees in the world. This protected area has numerous sequoias and other remarkable flora and fauna dispersed throughout 3,000 feet of elevation, between 4,800 and 7,800 feet. The history of Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest dates back to 1946 when the state of California acted to conserve more than 5,000 old-growth giant sequoias. The forest is also home to many streams, ponds, and rivers. Thanks to its elevation, the region stays cool throughout the year. 

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Weather
Spring 33-68 F
Summer 45-78 F
Fall 37-66 F
Winter 20-45 F
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Nearby Cities
Porterville, CA
Tulare, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest

One of the best ways to enjoy Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest is by camping there for a day or more in an RV. It can get cold up there, but with an RV, you've got heat and protection from the elements. Plus, you'll have many of the other amenities you enjoy at home. 

To pick up an RV for the short term, check out RVshare. You'll find lots of reasonably priced recreational vehicles that are ideal for visiting the following campgrounds near Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest.

Nelson Falls RV Park

Nelson Falls RV Park is located among the beauty of Sequoia National Forest. It's a full-service RV park with lots of activities on-site, including horseshoes and volleyball. Pricing starts at $45, and there's a two-night minimum stay.

• Water hookup: No

• Electrical hookup: No

• Sewer hookup: No

• Wi-Fi: No

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Potable water, flush toilets, showers, picnic tables, fire ring

Quaking Aspen

Quaking Aspen is in Sequoia National Forest about 27 miles east of Springville. It's home to lots of luscious green quaking aspen trees that turn golden in the fall. There are 32 single-family campsites and a few group sites as well. The campground is open between May and October. Pricing starts at $28.

• Water hookup: No

• Electrical hookup: No

• Sewer hookup: No

• Wi-Fi: No

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Picnic tables, barbecue pits, sanitary facilities, potable water

Coy Flat

Located in the Sequoia National Forest, Coy Flat is open from May through October. It's situated at 5,000 feet near Belknap Grove, which is about a 35-mile drive from Mountain Home. You can choose from single or double sites. Pricing starts at $28.

• Water hookup: No

• Electrical hookup: No

• Sewer hookup: No

• Wi-Fi: No

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Vault toilets, picnic tables, fire pit

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What to Do at
Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest

Inside Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest

Thanks to the many roads and trails within the protected area, there are plenty of hiking and biking opportunities at Mountain Home. If you're an angler, head over to Hedrick Pond, which is stocked by the Forest Service. There's also good fishing on the Wishon Fork of the Tule River. 

Outside Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest

The area around Mountain Home has got some sights of its own that are worth seeing after enjoying the forest. There are also nice restaurants close by. While there are several diners in Porterville, you'll find even more 30 miles up the road from there in Visalia.

Restaurants

Nanlangka Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar

Nanlangka in Porterville features some of the best sushi around as well as great teppanyaki. Choose from a wide selection of sushi rolls, nigiri, and all manner of Asian plates.

Type: Japanese

Mariscos El 30

The ocean may not be close by, but at Mariscos El 30 in Porterville, you can find a wide selection of seafood cooked a la Mexicana. Choose from prawns, mussels, shrimp, calamari, and a variety of fish platters.

Type: Mexican

Location: Porterville, CA

Cafe 12:2

It may have the word cafe in the name, but this spot, located in Porterville, serves more than just coffee. It's got quite a few delicious plates a la Americana. You can order burgers, sandwiches, breakfast, and a whole lot more.

Type: American

Location: Porterville, CA

Super Burger Drive-In

Super Burger Drive-In in Porterville has a great selection of delicious burgers and sandwiches. The staff also serves up classic sides, such as french fries and onion rings. If you've got a hankering for seafood, try the fish-and-chips.

Type: Burgers

Location: Porterville, CA

El Tapatio Restaurant

Also in Porterville, El Tapatio is the place to be if you're looking for classic Mexican dishes. The restaurant also serves beer and margaritas to help quench your thirst.

Type: Mexican

Location: Porterville, CA

Shopping

Tulare Outlets

Head to the Tulare Outlets to pick up clothes and accessories of some of the hottest brands in the fashion world. Some of the brands represented at the outlet include Claire's, Eddie Bauer, Calvin Klein, and Levi's. You'll also find good eating there.

Location: Tulare, CA

Town & Country Market

Town & Country Market in Porterville is the perfect spot to pick up your favorite groceries. It's a market with a small-town charm. That being said, it has a wide selection of foods to choose from.

Location: Porterville, CA

Tulare Antiques

Tulare Antiques is a great place to pick up some old memorabilia, such as gas pumps, old signs, rustic wagons, and any farm implement you can think of. It's located in the neighboring town of Tulare.

Location: Tulare, CA

Sightseeing

Success Lake

Take a little time to check out Success Lake. It's the perfect spot to engage in some water sports, including fishing, boating, and swimming. While there, you'll have spectacular views of the Sierra Nevadas.

Zalud House

If you like peering into the past, check out Zalud House. It was built at the end of the 19th century. In all of its years, it hasn't undergone any remodeling whatsoever; thus, it retains its original charm. It even has the original owners' possessions inside.

Sequoia National Forest

If you didn't get enough of the sequoias at Mountain Home, then head on over to Sequoia National Forest. It's got nearly 40 different groves to explore. Also within the forest is the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

International Agri-Center

The International Agri-Center is the home of the World Ag Expo and other big agricultural shows. If you're into farming and all-things agriculture, then you'll want to stop by the center.

Eagle Mountain Casino

Eagle Mountain is a great spot to try your odds. They've got a good selection of table games and slots. You can also catch a show or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants there. 

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How to Get to
Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest

From Porterville (southwest of the forest), you'll head north on Highway 190 until you hit the town of Springfield. Turn left onto Balch Park Rd (J37) and follow it to the Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest.

From the northwest, you can take Yokohi Drive off Highway 198 in the town of Yokohi and follow it to the forest.

Entering Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest

The Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest is open daily, weather permitting.

Per Vehicle : $0

Camping : $15

If you love mountain landscapes, you won't regret checking out the Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest. The old sequoia trees are certainly a sight to see. Showing up in an RV will make the trip that much better and more convenient. Make sure to snap a few photos for RVshare and send them to [email protected] The site may want to feature them on its travel blog or social media channels.