South Mountains State Park re-opened on January 1st to the public following the Chestnut Knob Fire.
Chestnut Knob and Shinny trails will remain closed for an indefinite period of time until a more thorough assessment can be done. Visitors will not be allowed to access either trail, until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and for helping park rangers keep everyone's visit safe and enjoyable by observing these trail closures.
Posted on: Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 8:49am
Campers registering for Sawtooth Backcountry campsites will need to plan for a 3.7mile hike beginning on Little River Trail, continuing on Upper CCC Trail and then turning onto Sawtooth Trail. Please take this extra mileage into consideration when planning your trip. Chestnut Knob Trail is and will continue to be closed for an indefinite amount of time due to extreme tread damage and safety concerns. Park staff are currently planning to reroute sections of Chestnut Knob Trail. Chestnut Knob Overlook is still open from Sawtooth Trail.Posted on: Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 8:27am
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