By Douglas W. Motley
U.S. Forest Service (USFS) officials on May 15 announced plans to reopen 15 campgrounds within the San Bernardino National Forest on Friday, May 22, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
Developed recreation sites set to reopen include 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.
Reservations can be made through www.recreation.gov, with the exception of Big Pine Family, Holcomb and South Fork campgrounds, which are first come, first serve only. Double sites at campgrounds are limited to a maximum of 10 persons at this time. Shower facilities – which are located at Barton Flats, Dogwood, San Gorgonio, Serrano and Wildhorse campgrounds – are not available at this time.
According to USFS Public Affairs Officer Zach Behrens, visitors should practice self-sufficiency when visiting National Forests and come prepared with all the essentials needed for a day trip, including food and emergency supplies. Visitors are asked to pack out their trash and leave with everything that they bring in and use. Visitors are also asked to maintain at least six feet distancing from others, not to gather in groups and to follow the latest guidelines from officials. Additionally, forest visitors are requested to communicate with others as they pass you, alert trail users of your presence and to let others pass.
For more information, visit the San Bernardino National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf.