San Bernardino National Forest opens some campgrounds

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The San Bernardino National Forest recently announced the openings of several of its developed recreation sites, just in time for the summer camping season.

Barton Flats Campground, Big Pine Flat Family Campground, Crab Flats Family Campground, Dogwood Family Campground, Green Valley Family Campground, Hanna Flat Family Campground, Heart Bar Family Campground, Holcomb Valley Campground, Jenks Lake Day Use Area, North Shore Campground, Pineknot Family Campground, San Gorgonio Family Campground, Serrano Campground, South Fork Family Campground and Wildhorse Equestrian Campground are all open for camping.

While the national forest is encouraging people to recreate locally, it is also reminding campers to maintain at least 6 feet distancing from others, not to gather in groups and to follow the latest guidance from federal, state and local officials and to alert trail users of their presence and step aside to let others pass.

“Visitors should practice self-sufficiency when visiting national forests and come prepared with all the essentials needed for a day trip, including food, emergency supplies and the ability to pack-out trash. Remember to recreate responsibly,” according to a press release announcing the opening.

Camping reservations can be made through https://www.recreation.gov, except for Big Pine Family, Holcomb Big and South Fork, which are first-come, first-serve only.

Double sites at campgrounds are limited to 10 people maximum, and shower facilities, which are located at Barton Flats, Dogwood, San Gorgonio, Serrano and Wildhorse campgrounds, are closed until further notice.

Some services may not be available, so campers and hikers should plan accordingly.

For more information, visit the San Bernardino National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at valleyeditor@reedermedia.com.