CHESTNUT KNOB TRAIL HAS BEEN REOPENED. THE TRAIL IS FUNCTIONAL, BUT USE CAUTION, AS THERE ARE STILL FIRE DAMAGED AREAS. A COMPLETE REROUTE OF THE LOWER PORTION OF THE TRAIL IS UNDERWAY.
REPAIRS CONTINUE ON THE SHINNY CREEK TRAIL. BASED ON CURRENT PROGRESS, THE TENTATIVE REOPENING DATE IS MAY 15TH.
Sink gratefully into your sleeping bag after a day of hiking at South Mountains and fall asleep in the stillness of the forest.
Drive-to family camping is available a half mile east of the Jacob Fork parking area. Eighteen campsites include a picnic table and fire circle, and one site is wheelchair accessible. Bathhouse with hot showers and drinking water are located nearby. If you do not have a reservation, please stop by the park office for availability.
Group camping facilities are available in some backpack areas.
Twenty backpack camping sites are offered in six areas of the park. These sites are designated on the park map, and hiking distances to each backpack camping site vary. Each camping area has a pit toilet located nearby.
All supplies, including water, must be packed to the sites. To drink water from nearby creeks and streams, use a filtration device or boil the water for at least five minutes. Below is a listing of the backpack campsites and the distance between the campsites and the Jacob Fork parking area.
- Upper Falls Trail - 1.4 miles
- Shinny Creek -1.2 miles
- Sawtooth Trail - 2.5 miles
- Jacob Branch - 3.8 miles
- Fox Trail - 4.9 miles
- Murray Branch - 5.4 miles
The equestrian camping area adjacent to the horse trailer parking area consists of 15 campsites, a 33-stall barn (nine stalls are 5'x10' and 23 stalls are 10'10) and a washhouse with hot showers and flush toilets. Campers without reservations must confirm site availability with park staff before occupying a site. Only campers with horses can stay at the equestrian campsites. Proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test is required for horses using the barn.
IMPORTANT: Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to preview photos of campsites; check availability and fees; and find out whether a specific site is handicap accessible; has access to water, showers, or restrooms; has electric hookup; and other important information.
South Mountains State Park
Open Daily (except Christmas Day) 7am
December, January and February 7pm
March, April and October 9pm
May - September 10pm
Closed Christmas Day
8am - 5pm weekdays and weekends
Closed Christmas Day