Kern River Ranger District Office / Visitor Center

The Kern River Ranger District Office is located in Kernville, California.  We offer visitors information on hiking, biking, rafting, camping and other recreational opportunities in the Sequoia National Forest and surrounding areas of the southern Sierra Nevada. We provide visitors with various passes and permits. Campfire, Wilderness and Rafting permits are provided free of charge. You can purchase a wood cutting permit for $10 per cord with a minimum of two cords.

We also sell the America the Beautiful passes. These passes are offered free of charge to persons with disabilities. People 62 years of age or older can purchase these passes for a onetime fee of $10. The Annual pass is available for $80 and is good for one year from the date of purchase. There is a gift shop where visitors can purchase books, maps, T-shirts, hats and other items. Stop by and visit us before heading out for your adventure in the Forest.

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Latitude: 35.7526453 Longitude: -118.4282176 Elevation: 2770 ft
the best travel advice comes from the people who live here
Sherry Montgomery

Seasons Open

Year Round

Hours Open

Monday through Friday from 8:00an until 4:30 pm

ADA Accessibility Notes

Our site is fully Accessible.


Was there recently. Met Sherry and John. Very nice people and very helpful with maps and information. Thank you.

sal valdez, 8/8/2013

Great people that work at the office. Knowledgeable and helpful. Thanks!

Adam Steele, 10/2/2013

Great place to visit and they are always real friendly and helpful.

tom mcginley, 10/9/2013

Always our ’go to' Ranger Office for any permits, important updates and information as we go on our occasional trips into the High Sierras. Always have been friendly, informative & supportive. They have materials in there, available for our use for all areas of the Sierras, free info handouts, brochures or books and maps for sale.

Eugene & Helen Browning, 7/17/2014

Yes, I’d like to know if the river is flowing from the Green Bridge down to the lower park in Kernville.

Rolf Mark Blum , 4/1/2016

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