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Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

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 Mountain Resort

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

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!

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

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!

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

 

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

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!)

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

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.

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

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.

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

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.

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

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

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.

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

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.

Seven Oaks Mountain Resort

Mollie is a wife to a wonderful man and stay at home Mama to two beautiful and energetic little girls. She has lived in South Orange County for most of her life and enjoys crafting, running, clean and natural living, party planning, and being involved in her community and church. She believes that being a Mom was and is her highest calling and attempts to give her girls a wide array of different experiences. From soccer cleats to tutus, running races to finding the perfect hair bow, she wants them to grow up knowing that they can be both girly and strong.
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11 Comments

  1. This looks fun! My wife and I are avid campers and have been looking for something family friendly without having to drive 4 hours. We’re going to go to this site in about a month and we’re looking forward to it! My (almost) 6 year old has never fished…so it’ll be extra fun to do that, too!

  2. Thanks for your summary! We are going here next weekend and I just googled the campsite. Your website came up and it is super helpful! We are traveling from LA with our two kids.

    • We are so glad! Make sure and share with us how your trip went.

  3. So glad I found your blog… this place is beautiful. How were you able to book your campsite? We can’t seem to find a website to look up info.

    • There is no online presence for the campground, Nikki (very unusual this day in age!) The address and phone number are listed towards the end of the post. Call to make reservations. Hope that helps! 🙂

  4. I stumbled on this little gem while riding my motorcycle down Hwy 38. I definitely want to bring my Grandsons up here for some true tent camping!

  5. How is the weather end of Sept. We are looking at tent camping. I just concerned it might be too cold for the wifey.

  6. I have great memories here back when my brother and I were kids with my dad, Doug Davidson and step mom, Cheryl. Back in the 80’s they got their 2 puppies from the owners and named them Country and Claude. They loved going back there with us for visits. We had great times in my dad’s Chevy, Old Blue and riding 3 wheelers with everyone on trails and going out for runs. Great times, great memories! Would LOVE to go back and visit everyone. I believe the last time we did was in the 90’s when we brought my oldest daughter when she was 18 months old.

  7. The food is pretty good, but that’s where it ends. Upon arriving, one of the owners quickly made their way, middle of the street, all charged up, to reprimand me about my parking, although there were no signs not to be there, they have rocks near the street edge in other places of where not to park, handicapped, signs and more than one emergency vehicle sign. I immediately agreed to move. They complained that I had one sack of trash… on a motorcycle! “What are you going to do with that”, is how I was greeted. I even said I would take it home, if it was a problem, as I had found it just down the road. Even though I have been going there for 4 years, she couldn’t remember my name and asked me if I was “Bob”. My friends across the way, seen the delay and had asked me about why there was such a dialog going on with the apparent owner, why I had unpacked everything, packed it pack, moved my vehicle to the street, and unpacked again. I guess that one of my acquaintances must have walked over and when asked, repeated what I had said to the alleged owner, because the alleged owner came across the street, all charged up, even chasing me up a trail, to tell me that if I had anything to say to them, “To Say It To My Face”. I said that I had nothing to say to them. What was said was already said!. She then told me to leave the property! Even though I agreed to leave, that wasn’t enough. She was at my heels, running her mouth constantly and consistently- badgering me. This was in front of picnickers and many other kids, children, and people. I guess since, they got no response out of me, she even resorted to saying that she would call the cops because I’d been drinking. So let me see if I got this right… They have a bar and sell alcohol to go, but she threatens to call the cops on me for drinking one beer? Do they want me to go or do they want me to stay??? I don’t understand. Do they call the cops on everyone else who drinks there? For drinking a beer?
    Funny that the cops actually did stop me up the road, and while I only had drank a beer, it turned out to be a waste of public resources. I guess that they think they own the whole mountain. I was even threatened to not try making any public reviews about them, not say anything about “Them”, on Facebook, tell any of my friends, “OR ELSE I WOULD GET IT”. Also told me that “They know people”. I am a grown man. They are not my guardian, or my mother, and I have the right to make any honest review of any business that I so choose. And I will tell my friends.

  8. Hi, Mollie. This is a great article! I see you towed a trailer. My husband and I are also planning a trip to the Seven Oaks Mountain Resort Campground and are wondering how challenging it was to tow up the mountain? We’ll be coming from the Long Beach area and wondered if you had any suggestions as to the most tow-friendly route up the mountain? Thanks for any assistance/info.

  9. Hi, I haven’t been up there since the 80’s and not sure what spot would be ideal. What site were you guys on? Looks fabulous! We’ll be in a RV. Thanks!

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