Forest Status

It is now late spring  in our area.

Warmer days and cooler nights means hats, sunscreen, and water (bring your own; water is usually NOT available in the forest) and jeans and jackets for the evenings.

Contact CalTrans for up-to-date road conditions and status: 800-427-7623. (Check State Routes 2 and N-4.)

Bathrooms in Big Pines Area:  Off Hwy 2: Big Pines Visitor Center – flushers across the street, Inspiration Point – vault toilets, Grassy Hollow – vault toilets, and Vincent Gap – vault toilets; Off N-4: Arch Picnic Area – vault toilets, Peavine Campground – vault toilets,  Apple Tree Campground – vault toilets, and Jackson Lake – vault toilets.

Camping: – Blue Ridge and Guffy Campgrounds are first come, first served and require the Adventure Pass or an Interagency Federal Pass. Table Mountain, Mountain Oak, Lake, and Jackson Flat Group Campgrounds are now taking reservations ( At least 40% of sites are designated for same-day bookings.  A fee is charged.  Peavine and Appletree Campgrounds are first come, first served and have a $10 fee.

Smokey’s Birthday Party – put it on your calendar! Smokey’s Birthday Party will be held at the Big Pines Visitor Center, August 13th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Trash – when there are no trash cans or they are full, please take your trash home with you!  

Thank you for protecting our forest.