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Thanksgiving Camping on the Kern River

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

Will summer travel chaos continue into the Fall holiday season 2022? Travel experts expect so, and we think this is the perfect time to simplify and look for hassle-free options that allow you to stay closer to home -- like a Kern River camping holiday! If your friends & family are seeking a down-to-earth escape from everyday life, consider a Thanksgiving camp-out this year.

Is Thanksgiving camping on the Kern for you?

Do you like adventure, think outside the box and love spending time exploring in the great outdoors? If yes, maybe a non-traditional holiday in the outdoors is just what you need! The average high temperature in November is 69 degrees for Kernville, which is ideal for being outdoor!

Kids love the independence of our secure, spacious 15-acre park designed for outdoor pleasures like biking, fishing, relaxing and wildlife viewing along the banks of the Kern River. Mom and Dad love that kids are exploring in nature, riding their bikes til dark, and playing with friends and family. Camping @ Kern River's Edge Campground is available through November each year.

Stay in a Tent or rent a Trailer?

Tents are super easy to pack and don’t require much space, while trailers allow you to travel and camp with some of the comforts of home. Which works best for your family? Pack your tent, or, give Camping on the Kern or Tim’s Trailers a call to reserve your vacation home on wheels this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Inspiration While Camping on the Kern

Outdoor fun: bring bocce ball, play volleyball, fish the Kern, go hiking, biking, and be sure to look up at night and enjoy our dark skies!

Have the kids collect leaves or pine cones to create authentic, natural place cards.

Menu ideas: grill a turkey breast, not the whole turkey; select dutch oven sides; make it a potluck with friends and family to share the cooking; prep and cook ahead of time (freeze what you can) and then heat over the campfire. Keep it simple, like foil roasted veggies, campfire sweet potatoes and roasted turkey breast or a chicken!

Hot beverage ideas: warm cider, hot cocoa, mulled wine, hot s’mores cocktails.

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It's About Gratitude

Share the gratitude. We can all dig deep to find things we are grateful for and either write these down and pin on a Grateful Tree, or share your thoughts around the campfire. We have a fun camping tradition where everyone collects a pine cone to toss on the campfire after sharing something we are grateful for. Try it!


Recreating responsibly includes packing trash bags to leave our wild spaces cleaner than you found them. There is a glass ban in the Sequoia National Forest, so remember to use plastic storage containers, ziploc bags, or bota bags for camping gear and kitchen supplies instead.

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