Balch Park

Balch Park / Sequoia Park

Balch Park Campground

BALCH PARK campground is on a first come basis; no campground reservations needed.

Balch Park open May to October
Park info # 559 539-3896

Hedrick Pond lined w/ Sequoia trees

Balch County Park is right in the middle of Mountain Home State Forest, which is within the bigger Sequoia National Forest (aka Giant Sequoia National Monument). But don’t let all the bureaucracy mislead you, this is an ideal park and location, well worth your trip. The campground is the most developed one within the area – with paved roads, RV spaces, flush toilets and a fee to go along with all that. Even gotta fishing pond.

  • Bears are a big deal in these neck of the woods. Please store all your food properly to avoid a un-welcomed visitor
  • A Sequoia Grove is nearby with plenty of creeks & meadows.
  • Trailers not recommended due to the long curvy road leading up the mountain.

Balch Park & Campground NOT TO BE CONFUSED with utility company residences of BALCH CAMP between Pine Flat & Blackrock Reservoirs


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6500′ 71 pines flush piped yes no reservations
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Go Solo

Traveling Alone
Camping Solo

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enjoying quality time alone is not weird, wrong, or unnatural, no matter how many strange looks you get from friends & envious co-workers

Solo Outdoor Trips

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If you’ve just about had it with the pressures of everyday stresses, the wifi city life and the busy pace of civilized society is starting to get to you. Get a clue fast – before you loose your marbles. It’s time for much needed rest and relaxation. Nature is the best place to relax and reconnect with yourself and mother nature.

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The Call of the Wild


Unplug yourself from the hectic rat race and go exploring. Give yourself time to fully unwind: time to think, time to enjoy the outdoors and really find that special place of peace that comes only from earth. Yes, all by yourself.

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Call it an annual primal ritual, or a first time experiment, traveling solo can be a blessing in disguise. Learning to be alone outdoors, become more aware of the physical world and enjoying yourself is an important key to a balanced life. Whether you seek a quick refresher course for the weekend or a full blown month long road trip, seeking a new comfortable destination and the art of basic relaxing is the main focus for this trip.

Camping Alone

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When you travel alone, it’s easy to take your own sweet time. Going slow is something we don’t usually do in our busy city lives. Time is so precious, so you may as well stretch that vacation out as long as possible. Savor the moments.

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Boy Camping

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    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Bandido Campground 8,700′ 120 pines vault piped Group Camp
    Coulter Campground 5,300′ 50 pines vault piped Group Camp
    Deer Flats Campground 6,200′ 300 pines flush piped Crystal Lake
    Jackson Flat 3,400′ 180 pines flush piped Jackson Lake
    Los Alamos Campground 2,600′ 75 sage flush piped Pyramid Lake
    Mountain Oak Group Site 5,200′ 15 oak vault piped Wrightwood
    Sulphur Springs Campground 5,200′ 80 pines vault piped Chilao Area
    Table Mountain Campground 7,000′ 43 pines vault crk Group Camp

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    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

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    ACORN CAMPGROUND
    New Hogan Lake, Valley Springs, Stockton CA

    ALMANOR CAMPGROUND
    Lake Almanor, Westwood, Chester, California

    ANTELOPE LAKE – Plumas NF, Indian Valley, Greenville, CA

    Anthony Chabot Park
    Lake Chabot Campground

    East Bay San Francisco, Oakland, Alameda, CA

    ANTLERS CAMPGROUND
    Lake Shasta, Lakehead, O’Brien CA, Interstate 5

    ASPEN GROUP CAMP
    Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Tahoe NF, Truckee, California

    ASPEN GROVE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Eagle Lake, Lassen NF, Susanville, California

    ASPEN HOLLOW GROUP CAMP NFS
    Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Park, Hume Lake

    AUBURN SRA BOAT-IN CAMPING State Park
    Auburn State Recreation Area, Gold Country, Folsom Lake, American Arm, Auburn, CA

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    BAILEY COVE CAMPGROUND
    Lake Shasta, California

    BASS LAKE – Sierra National Forest, South of Yosemite NP NFS

    BEAR RIVER GROUP CAMP
    Lower Bear Reservoir, Eldorado National Forest

    BENBOW LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA State Park
    Mendocino Benbow Lake, NorCal Redwoods US 101

    BERGER CAMPGROUND NFS
    Packer Lake @ Lakes Basin Recreation Area, Yuba River, North Gold Country California; Sierra City, Downieville CA

    BIG COVE CAMPGROUND
    Frenchman Lake, Feather River, Plumas NF, Portola CA

    BIG SILVER GROUP CAMP
    Union Valley Reservoir, US Hwy 50, Placerville, Gold Country

    BLACK BUTTE LAKE – Sacramento Valley, NorCal

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    BLACK OAK CAMPGROUND (closed due to fire 2016)
    Stumpy Meadows Reservoir, Eldorado NF

    BOCA RESERVOIR – Tahoe NF, Truckee, California NFS

    BOULDER GULCH CAMPGROUND NFS
    Kern Canyon, Lake Isabella, California

    BRANNAN ISLAND STATE RECREATION AREA State Park
    Sacramento River @ California Delta, Lodi CA

    BUCKHORN CAMPGROUND
    Black Butte Lake, Sacramento Valley, Orland, CA

    Indian Rock Beach, Bucks Lake California

    BUCKS LAKE – North Sierra, Plumas National Forest

    BURNEY FALLS STATE PARK CAMPGROUND State Park
    Lake Britton SRA, Burney, California

    BU-SHAY CAMPGROUND
    Lake Mendocino, California

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    BUTT VALLEY Reservoir – PG&E Campgrounds
    West of Lake Almanor

    BUTTE LAKE – Lassen Volcanic National Park NPS

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    Castaic Lake RV Park
    North Los Angeles County, Castiac, CA Interstate 5

    CHEKAKA CAMPGROUND
    Lake Mendocino, Wine Country California, US Hwy 101

    CHILCOOT CAMPGROUND
    Frenchman Lake, Plumas National Forest, Feather River, Portola CA

    Chowchilla Recreation Area
    Eastman Lake, Central Valley, Fresno CA

    CHRISTIE CAMPGROUND
    Eagle Lake, south shore; Plumas NF, Susanville, California

    CLEAR LAKE SP – Wine Country, California State Park

    CODORNIZ RECREATION AREA
    Eastman Lake, San Joaquin Valley, Central Valley

    COLLEGE CAMPGROUND
    Huntington Lake, Western Sierra Nevada

    CONVICT LAKE CAMPGROUND
    Eastern Sierra, US Hwy 395, Mammoth Lakes

    COTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND
    Frenchman Lake, Feather River

    CRYSTAL LAKE (no longer taking reservations)
    Angeles National Forest, Azusa, CA

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    D.L. BLISS SP State Park
    DL BLISS CAMPGROUND
    DL Bliss State Park, Lake Tahoe, California

    DIMOND O CAMPGROUND
    June Lake Loop, Hwy 158, Eastern Sierra

    DINKEY CREEK
    Dinkey Creek CA; Sierra NF, south of Shaver Lake CA

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    EAGLE LAKE – Plumas National Forest, Susanville, California

    EASTMAN LAKE – California Central Valley, Fresno CA

    CAMP EDISON @ SHAVER
    EDISON CAMPGROUND
    California Edison Campground
    @ Shaver Lake, CA, Western Sierra

    ELLERY CREEK
    McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake, California

    EMERALD BAY SP State Park
    South Lake Tahoe California

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    FALLEN LEAF CAMPGROUND 
    South Lake Tahoe California

    FASHODA CAMPGROUND NFS
    Union Valley Reservoir, ElDorado NF

    FAUCHERIE GROUP CAMP NFS
    Faucherie Lake, Donner Pass Area, Tahoe NF,  Truckee, California

    FAWN CAMPGROUND
    Trinity Highway 3, Trinity Lake CA

    FIR COVE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Ruth Lake, Mad River CA Hwy 36, Six River NF

    FISH LAKE CAMPGROUND
    Hwy 96, Six River National Forest, Orleans CA

    FOLSOM LAKE SRA State Park
    Folsom State Recreation Area, Sacramento CA

    FORKS CAMPGROUND
    Bass Lake, Sierra NF, South Yosemite

    FREMONT CAMPGROUND
    Lake Cachuma, Santa Barbara Camping

    FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR – American River

    FRENCHMAN LAKE – Plumas NF, Feather River, Portola CA

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    GLORY HOLE RECREATION AREA
    GLORY HOLE CAMPGROUND

    New Melones Reservoir
    Angels Camp, California Gold Country

    GREEN VALLEY CAMPGROUND NFS
    Green Valley Lake, Big Bear Lake Area, San Bernardino NF

    GRIZZLY CAMPGROUND
    Lake Davis, Plumas National Forest, Portola CA

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    HAYWARD FLAT
    Trinity Lake, NorCal Highway 3, Weaverville CA

    HORSE CREEK
    Lake Kaweah, South Sequoia National Park, Three Rivers CA

    HUME LAKE – Kings Canyon & Sequoia NP, Hume Lake

    HUNGRY GULCH NFS
    Lake Isabella, Kern River, Kernville CA

    HUNTINGTON LAKE – Western Sierra Nevada NFS

    HUTCHINS CAMPGROUND
    Bucks Lake, CA, Plumas National Forest

    Bucks Lake Campgrounds

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    ICE HOUSE CAMPGROUND
    Ice House Reservoir, US Hwy 50, El Dorado NF

    ISLAND PARK
    Pine Flat Reservoir, Kings River, Sierra NF

    JACKSON FLAT GROUP CAMP
    Jackson Lake, Angeles NF, Wrightwood CA

    JACKSON MEADOWS Reservoir – Tahoe National Forest, Truckee, CA

    JUANITA LAKE GROUP CAMP
    near Butte Valley Wildlife Area, Klamath NF, Weed CA

    JUNE LAKE CAMPGROUND NFS
    June Lake Loop, Hwy 158, June Lake, CA Eastern Sierra

    JUNIPER LAKE – Lassen Volcanic NP NPS

    Lassen Lakes

    KASPIAN CAMPGROUND
    hiking trail to Barker Peak @ Lake Tahoe CA

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    LAKE ALMANOR – Northern Sierra Nevada

    LAKE BERRYESSA – Wine Country California

    LAKE BRITTON –  Burney Falls Park State Park

    LAKE CACHUMA – Santa Barbara Mountains

    LAKE DAVIS – Plumas National Forest

    LAKE EDISON – Sierra National Forest

    LAKE ISABELLA – Kern River, South Sierra NFS

    LAKE MENDOCINO – Wine Country California, US Hwy 101

    LAKE OROVILLE SRA State Park
    Oroville Lake State Recreation Area
    Loafer Creek, Equestrian Camp, Feather River Oroville CA

    LAKE PERRIS SRA State Park
    Inland Empire, Southern California

    LAKE PILLSBURY, Trout Creek Campground (currently closed)

    LAKE SONOMA – Wine Country California, Geyserville

    LAKE SPAULDING, PG&E Campground, Interstate 80

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    The Gem of the Sierra Nevada – Lake Tahoe

    LAKE TAHOE – Sierra Nevada Mountains State Park NFS

    LAKES BASIN CAMPGROUND NFS
    Lakes Basin Recreation Area, North Gold Country

    LAKESHORE EAST
    Shasta Lake, Northern California

    LAKESIDE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Prosser Reservoir, OHV Camping, Truckee, California

    LEWIS CAMPGROUND
    French Meadows Reservoir, American River, W of Lake Tahoe

    LIBERTY GLEN CAMPGROUND
    Lake Sonoma, Wine Country California

    Lake Davis Trails

    Lake Davis Trails – hike, bike, horseback

    LIGHTNING TREE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Lake Davis, Plumas National Forest, Susanville, California

    LOGGER CAMPGROUND
    Hume Lake, Sequoia Kings National Parks

    LONE ROCK NFS
    Antelope Lake, Plumas NF, Indian Valley, Greenville, CA

    LONG POINT NFS
    Antelope Lake, Plumas NF, Indian Valley, Greenville, CA

    LOON LAKE CAMPGROUND NFS
    ElDorado NF High Country, Georgetown, CA

    LOON LAKE CHALET NFS
    ElDorado NF High Country, Georgetown, CA

    LOS ALAMOS CAMPGROUND
    Pyramid Lake, North Los Angeles, Interstate 5

    LOWER TWIN LAKES NFS
    Twin Lakes CA, BRIDGEPORT, Eastern Sierra

    LUPINE
    Bass Lake, Sierra NF, South Yosemite

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    MAMMOTH POOL – Sierra NF, South of Yosemite NP

    MANZANITA LAKE – Lassen Volcanic NP NPS

    MARY SMITH CAMPGROUND
    Lewsiton Lake, Trinity River, Lewiston CA

    MEEKS BAY
    Lake Tahoe California, west shore

    LAKE MENDOCINO
    Lake Campground Mendocino, Ukiah CA, US Hwy 101

    MERRILL CAMPGROUND
    Eagle Lake, Susanville CA

    MESA CAMPGROUND
    Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, Cajon Pass L.A.

    MILLERTON LAKE SRA State Park
    Millerton Lake Campground, Fresno CA

    MODESTO RESERVOIR REGIONAL PARK
    Western Sierra Foothills, Modesto, Merced, Central Valley

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    NELSON POINT
    Shasta Lake, Northern California

    NEVADA BEACH CAMPGROUND
    Lake Tahoe, south shore @ Nevada state line, US Hwy 50

    NEW HOGAN LAKE – Valley Springs, Gold Country

    NEW MELONES Reservoir – Angels Camp, Gold Country

    NORTH FORK CAMPGROUND
    Bass Lake, Sierra National Forest, Yosemite South

    NORTH SHORE
    Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino National Forest

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    OAK KNOLL CAMPGROUND
    New Hogan Reservoir, San Andreas, Gold Country

    OAK SHORES
    Lake Berryessa, RV Camping in Wine Country

    OH RIDGE
    June Lake, California, Eastern Sierra

    June Lake Loop, Eastern Sierra

    June Lake Loop, Eastern Sierra

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    PAHA CAMPGROUND
    Twin Lakes, Bridgeport CA, Eastern Sierra

    PARADISE COVE
    Lake Isabella, Kern River California

    PINECREST LAKE
    Sonora Pass, Hwy 108, Stanislaus National Forest

    PINE FLAT Reservoir – Kings River, Sierra NF

    PINE POINT
    Shasta Lake, Shasta National Forest

    PINES GROUP SITE
    Stony Gorge Reservoir, Sacramento Valley, NorCal

    PIONEER POINT
    Lake Isabella, Kern River, South Sierra

    PROSSER Reservoir – Truckee OHV Camping

    PYRAMID LAKE – North Los Angeles, Interstate 5
    (no campground on lakeshore)

    RUTH LAKE –  Mad River, Six River NF NFS

    lakes

    SAGE HILL
    Lake Cachuma, Santa Barbara Mountains

    SALTON SEA SRA State Park
    Salton Sea State Recreation Area, Imperial Valley Desert

    SAN LUIS RESERVOIR SRA State Park
    Central California, Interstate 5 @ Hwy 152

    SARDINE LAKE
    Lakes Basin Recreation Area, North Gold Country

    SHASTA LAKE – Northern California NFS

    SILVER LAKE CAMPGROUND NFS
    June Lake Loop, Hwy 158, Eastern Sierra

    SILVER LAKE EAST
    El Dorado National Forest, Markleeville CA

    SILVERWOOD LAKE SRA State Park
    Cajon Pass, San Bernardino NF, Southern California

    SOUTH SHORE CAMPGROUND
    Lower Bear Reservoir, El Dorado National Forest

    STONY GORGE Reservoir – Sacramento Valley, NorCal

    SUGAR PINE POINT SP State Park
    Lake Tahoe California, west shore

    SUGARLOAF RIDGE SP State Park
    Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Santa Rosa, Wine Country

    SUMMIT LAKE – Lassen Volcanic National Park NPS

    SUNSET CAMPGROUND NFS
    Union Valley Reservoir, El Dorado NF, US Hwy 50

    SWEETWATER CAMPGROUND NFS
    Mammoth Pool Reservoir, Sierra NF, North Fork CA

    Mammoth Pool Reservoir

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    TAHOE SRA Campground State Park
    Tahoe State Recreation Area, Lake Tahoe California

    Tahoe Valley Campground
    large private campground, South Lake Tahoe, CA

    TANNERY GULCH NFS
    Trinity Lake, Shasta Trinity NF

    TRIMMER CAMPGROUND NFS
    Pine Flat Reservoir, Kings River, Sierra National Forest

    Trinity KOA Kampground
    Trinity Lake, Hwy 3, Northern California

    TRINITY LAKE – Shasta Trinity NF, Weaverville CA NFS

    TROUT CREEK CAMPGROUND (currently closed)
    Lake Pillsbury, Mendocino National Forest

    TRUMBULL LAKE
    Virginia Lakes, US Hwy 395, Eastern Sierra

    TURLOCK LAKE SRA State Park
    Turlock Lake State Recreation Area, Central Valley

    TUTTLETOWN RECREATION AREA
    New Melones Reservoir, Angels Camp, Gold Country

    TWIN LAKES – Eastern Sierra, Bridgeport CA NFS

    Twin Lakes, Eastern Sierra

    Twin Lakes, Eastern Sierra

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    Union Valley Reservoir – El Dorado National Forest NFS

    UPPER STONY CREEK NFS
    Hume Lake, Sequoia NF, Sequoia Kings Canyon NP

    VERMILLION NFS
    Lake Edison @ John Muir Wilderness,
    Sierra National Forest, beyond Huntington Lake CA

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    WARM SPRINGS PICNIC & RECREATION AREA
    Lake Sonoma, Wine Country, Geyserville CA

    WENCH CREEK NFS
    Union Valley Reservoir, Desolation Wilderness;
    ElDorado NF. Placerville, Gold Country

    WEST EAGLE CAMPGROUND
    Eagle Lake Recreation Area, Susanville CA

    Oak Bottom Campground

    Oak Bottom Campground, Whiskeytown

    Whiskeytown NRA
    Whiskey Creek Group Area, Oak Bottom Campground
    Whiskeytown Lake, Redding, Old Shasta

    WHITEHORSE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Bucks Lake, Plumas National Forest

    Wilderness Lakes RV Resort
    Inland Empire, Temecula, Menifee, Southern California

    WILLIAM KENT CAMPGROUND
    Lake Tahoe CA, west shore @ Tahoe City CA

    WISHON @ BASS LAKE NFS
    Bass Lake Campground, Sierra National Forest, South Yosemite

    WOLF CREEK
    Union Valley Reservoir, Eldorado NF, Placerville CA

    WOODCAMP NFS
    Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Tahoe NF, Truckee, California

    WOODWARD RESERVOIR REGIONAL PARK
    Stanislaus County Park, Modesto, Stockton

    WRIGHTS LAKE NFS
    near Ice House Reservoir, Eldorado NF

    WRIGHTS LAKE EQUESTRIAN CAMP
    near Ice House Reservoir, Eldorado NF

    WYANDOTTE CAMPGROUND
    LGVR, Little Grass Valley Reservoir, La Porte Road

    Little Grass Valley Reservoir

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    California Romantic Resorts

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    Favorite romantic places in California. Stay overnight, have dinner nearby & make a night of it, or perhaps a whole weekend. Certain places may require a 2-night minimum stay, especially on weekends or any holiday weeks. A wide variety of destinations are listed below, from rustic mountain cabins, to palm oasis hot springs, to historic lodges located in a spectacular scenic setting.

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    Blue Lantern Inn in Dana Point Marina

    Cambria, on Moonstone Beach, Central Coast

    Camp Nelson Lodge, Giant Sequoia NM

    Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey Bay California

    Downieville River Inn, N Yuba River, Downieville CA

    Furnace Creek Inn, historic Death Valley NP

    La Fonda Hotel, Baja California

    Laguna Beach – all of it, pretty much

    Lantern Inn, hiking trails, Paradise, California

    Lido Palms Resort Spa, Desert Hot Springs, CA

    Lucia Lodge, Cottages on cliffs, North Big Sur

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    Miranda Gardens, Redwood Cottages, NorCal

    Panamint Springs Resort, Death Valley, CA

    Rainbow Lodge, granite/river near Donner Pass

    Sardine Lake Resort & Cabins, North Sierra

    Tioga Pass Resort, Eastside Yosemite

    Treebones Resort, Yurt Camping in Big Sur

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