Located on the Kern River, Goldledge Campground sits within the Sequoia National Forest that sprawls over 1.1 million acres. The dog-friendly, no-hookup campground sits at an elevation 3,200 feet, facing the Kern and Scenic River with a little shade. It is quite popular for hiking, kayaking, rafting, and fishing.
Scrub oak, gray pine, grass, and shrubs stick to the canyon walls through the river, with willows and cottonwoods sprinkling the riverbanks. You will also see rocks and boulders scattered across the campground. The range of forest elevations (1,000 feet to 12,000) creates steep canyons and mountain streams. You can see stunning waterfalls like the Grizzly Falls and Salmon Creek Falls. If you go hiking, you will enjoy the spectacular views of the Kern River Valley.
There are 33 campsites at Goldledge Campground, 9 of which are walk-in, tent-only sites. The rest can also accommodate RV's and trailers. Hookups are not available, so be sure to plan accordingly. While you are discouraged from swimming, you can enjoy the nice sandy beach along the river. Remember that you need to keep your doggo on a leash and attend to them at all times. Also remember to carry some poop bags and clean up after Fido. The beach is a great place to relax, fish, and enjoy watching the water. The sites are single-family, with picnic tables and fire rings. Drinking water and vault toilets are also provided.
You can catch the Cannell Meadow National Recreation Trail here, which is almost 12 miles long and climbs through a pine and fir forest to the beautiful meadow. You will also see a Forest Service cabin that was constructed in 1909. It is said that this campground is the place where the first gold-seekers shouted, “There's gold in them thar hills!”. Whether or not that legend is true, you will enjoy a rich experience filled with natural wonder.