Kern County: Southern Sierra Nevada mountains river canyon, this prized recreation destination is the main attraction for the entire county. Lake levels at Isabella are often low, so know before you go w/ the Dam Task Force web page link and info.
The few oak & pines trees around this river may be the only shade you will find in the summer on the southern end, nd this place can get pretty hot in summer months (so be forewarned). A refreshing dip in the cool Kern River is what you really seek, but this is a real river, a fast river, a dangerous white water river - so take extreme precautions around this river w/ life jackets.
The north fork of the river is situated in backcountry lands of the Golden Trout Wilderness.
The whole Kern Canyon region is part of Sequoia National Forest & is always under a wildfire threat in the latter part of the year. Kern River is very popular with city dwellers seeking big Sierra water that is close to SoCal.
Lake Isabella Headquarters
All Kern Campgrounds
Sequoia NF, BLM & Private Camps
Kayaking or river rafting the Kern is popular recreation.
South Creeks falls just before it merges with the Kern River. This spot is easy to miss & on a dangerously curvy area of the road. A small pull out with chain link fence is all that denotes this overlook. It is in between Johnsondale & Fairview, on a winding steep section of the road, so be careful & very cautious as you seek your parking or photograph spot.
Southern Sierra / Kern Canyon California
Free camping, boondocking and primitive camping options are found near small streams and along the backroads of the neighboring Sequoia National Forest areas. Most secluded camps can be found N of Kernville, well away from the Kern River on the feeder creeks that flow into the big river. See much more on Sequoia dispersed camping on back roads.