Sitting at a 3,500-foot elevation, Fairview Campground lies along the Upper Kern River, surrounded by oak and gray pine in the Sequoia National Forest. The forest spreads across 1.1 million acres, at Sierra Nevada’s southern end. This dog-friendly campground attracts campers and anglers, as well as experienced rafters and kayakers.
The Sequoia National Forest gets its name from the giant sequoia, the world’s largest tree. This tree grows in over 30 groves on the forest’s lower slopes. The forest’s elevation ranges from 1,000 feet to 12,000 feet, creating abrupt canyons, mountain streams, and striking waterfalls. The scrub oaks, gray pines, shrubs, and grass cling to the canyon walls at numerous points along the river, while you will find rocks and boulders across the campground.
There are 48 paved campsites across 3 loops near the river. Thirteen of these are tent-only sites, while one site can accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. The remaining 34 sites are for RVs or trailers only. Some sites have direct access to the river while some offer river views. There are nice picnic areas, and drinking water and vault toilets are provided. You can also eat out at the restaurant located next to the grounds.
Popular recreational activities at Fairview Campground include kayaking and rafting on the Upper Kern River. Plenty of hiking opportunities are also available. From the campground’s south end, you can access numerous hiking and mountain bike trails. Make sure to pack some poop bags when camping with Fido and clean up after him. You can take your doggo along for day trips to the Trail of 100 Giants, the Sequoia National Park, and any of the several Sequoia groves close nearby. You can also pick up camping supplies, merchandise, local art, gifts, etc. at the Giant Sequoia Mercantile. You and Fido will find it impawssible not to have a good time at Fairview Campground!