Seven Oaks Mountain Resort
Seven Oaks Mountain Resort is a little gem of a campground located half way up Hwy 38 (the back way) to Big Bear. It boasts hiking, biking, fishing and is close enough to take an easy drive up to the mountain or the lake. It is perfect for a great family camping experience!
Seven Oaks is a small, low-key campground offering only about 40 spots. It is located along the Santa Ana River and about half the sites are riverfront sites so close to the water that you will fall asleep listening to the rush of the river down the bank. While being a small campground and having a lot to offer, it is surprisingly easy to reserve a spot, which is seeming more and more rare for campgrounds in California!
The sites are spacious, and accommodate, car, tent or RV camping. While we were there we literally had no one in the three sites on either side of us! Our girls loved all the space they had to ride bikes and run around!
Because Seven Oaks is only at 5000 ft elevation, it’s weather is generally more mild than Big Bear. In fact, this year they did not have any snow…. until the first night we camped there in the end of April (of course!)
While it was chillier than we expected, it was priceless to wake up the kids to snowflakes falling outside. What a sight!
The grounds of Seven Oaks are a fisherman’s (read: my husband’s) dream. The banks of the river are perfect for walking along finding the perfect place to make your cast. And it’s right next to the campground so the kids can easily run back and forth as they please.
While I understand bears are not common in Big Bear any longer, when we checked in, they reported there was a bear sighting the night before at the campground, so come prepared to store food securely. Much to our girls’ disappointment, this was the only bear we saw during our stay.
But there is no shortage of entertainment here – or at most campgrounds, really – for the kids. One reason our family loves camping is that it provides unparalleled family time in nature, with minimal distractions that we have while we’re “connected” at home.
In weather fairer than we experienced, a pool is available for enjoyment. Adjacent to the office there is a restaurant and bar to make your stay easy-peasy if you prefer not to cook every meal. A general store is also available with supplies.
Seven Oaks Mountain Resort is located at 39950 Seven Oaks Road, Angeles Oaks, CA 92305. (909) 794-2917. The resort has no online presence, which is likely part of the reason it’s not overly crowded, so call to make your reservations.
Current rates are $40 for hook-up (electric and water) sites and $35 for non-hook-up riverfront sites. (There are no hook-ups that are riverfront.) In my opinion, the riverfront sites are the prime locations, and I like a long shower (i.e. hook ups) more than the average person. Note, there are restrooms and showers available for car/tent camping. No dogs over 20 pounds allowed.
If you’re driving a large RV and the forecast is icy, note that the road down from the 38 is steep at parts.
With riverfront camping, sweeping views of the mountain peeks, and plethora of entertainment for the whole family, you are sure to love your visit to Seven Oaks.
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