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Hanna Flat Campground Overview

Hanna Flat Campground is a popular camping destination located in the San Bernardino National Forest, near Big Bear Lake in Southern California. This campground offers a classic outdoor experience with sites nestled in a forest of Jeffrey pines and firs, providing ample shade and scenic beauty.

Location and Access

Address: Hanna Flat Campground is situated northwest of Big Bear Lake. To reach the campground, you would typically take the Rim of the World Scenic Byway (Highway 18) and then north onto Highway 38 to Fawnskin. From Fawnskin, you'll take Forest Service Road 3N14 northwest to the campground.

GPS Coordinates: Approximate GPS coordinates for Hanna Flat Campground are:

  • Latitude: 34.303611
  • Longitude: -116.889167

Campsite Details

Facilities and Amenities:

  • Campsites: The campground offers a number of sites that can accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. Sites vary in size, and some can fit RVs up to a certain length, so it's important to check the specifics when booking.
  • Picnic Tables: Each campsite typically has a picnic table.
  • Fire Rings: Campsites come with fire rings for campfires, cooking, and warmth.
  • Drinking Water: Potable water is available in the campground.
  • Restrooms: There are vault toilets available, but no showers.

Reservations and Fees

Booking a Site:

  • Reservations can be made in advance, which is highly recommended, especially during peak season (typically summer and early fall).
  • Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis; however, this is subject to change, and it's best to check current policies before arrival.


  • Campsite fees vary depending on the site and the season.
  • There may be additional fees for extra vehicles.

Activities and Recreation

Nearby Attractions:

  • Big Bear Lake: Offers boating, fishing, and other water activities.
  • Hiking Trails: Access to numerous trails for all levels, including the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Mountain Biking: Many trails and roads suitable for mountain biking nearby.

Wildlife and Plants:

  • The campground is home to various wildlife, including squirrels, birds, and sometimes larger animals like deer. It is important to store food properly to avoid attracting bears.
  • The forest area has diverse plant life, with different species of trees, wildflowers, and shrubs.

Rules and Regulations

  • Fire Safety: Fire restrictions may be in place depending on the season and conditions. Always check current fire rules before starting a campfire.
  • Pets: Pets are usually allowed but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Noise: Quiet hours are typically enforced to ensure a peaceful experience for all campers.
  • Garbage: Pack it in, pack it out. Campers are expected to remove all trash and belongings when they leave.
  • Camping Limits: There is often a limit on the number of consecutive days you can camp, as well as a maximum number of occupants and vehicles per site.

Planning Your Trip

Best Time to Visit:

  • The best time to visit Hanna Flat Campground is during the summer and early fall months when the weather is warm, and the roads and trails are generally clear of snow.

Weather Conditions:

  • Weather can vary greatly with the seasons. Summers are typically warm, while nights can be cool. Winters are cold, with snow possible. Always be prepared for changing conditions.

Check List: Before heading out, ensure you have a map, a first aid kit, adequate clothing, food and water supplies, and any necessary permits or passes.

Note: Information is subject to change, and it's important to check with the U.S. Forest Service or the official website for the most current details before your trip.

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