Kern Valley Attractions
Our guests often ask about things to do in the Kern Valley before or after their rafting trip. On this page is a list of activities and tours that you will enjoy during your visit. Our office staff is local and we would be happy to help you plan your visit and recommend activities.
Outside of our Center of Operations here in Wofford Heights, the old western town of Kernville is the main hub of activity in the Kern River Valley. Surrounded by the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains and perched right alongside the Upper Kern River, Kernville boasts a long and colorful history filled with the lore of the old west. If you are a fan of western movies, you will recognize the countryside as the Hollywood setting for many that were filmed in the 40s and 50s. Stroll around the town square and visit the small shops and local restaurants. The Kern Valley Museum is worth a visit and is located right in the center of town. If you are interested in the history of the Kern River Valley, pick up one the entertaining books by fifth generation resident, rancher, historian, and author Bob Powers.
Trail of 100 Giants
The Trail of a Hundred Giants is one of the most popular day hikes in the Kern Valley. Located within the Long Meadow Giant Sequoia Grove, the second most southern grove where giant sequoias are found. The Grove contains 125 giant sequoias over 10 feet in diameter and 143 sequoias under 10 feet in diameter. The largest tree in the grove has a diameter of 20 feet and is 220 feet in height. The grove encompasses 355 acres. It is estimated the age of the trees in the grove are between 500 to 1,500 years old.
If your family would like to try their hand riding horses in the great outdoors, we suggest contacting the Golden Trout Pack Trains for single day rides or multi-day pack trips.
Kern River Preserve
The Kern River Preserve is managed by Audubon-California for the preservation of one of California’s finest remaining riparian forests and the wildlife it supports. It hosts special events throughout the year including informative nature walks, birding and educational seminars. The Preserve is located in Weldon on the South Fork of the Kern.
If playing on the lake is how you’d like to spend the day prior to a rafting adventure, the North Fork Marina is your connection for boat and personal water craft rentals as well as good advice on lake fishing. They are located about a mile from our Rafting Center and there is good camping along the lake.
The Kern is fast becoming known as a great place to learn and excel at this fun and relaxing sport. Kern River Troutfitters is a full service fly shop that offers rental equipment, educational classes, and day outings along the banks of the Upper Kern.
Kern River Fish Hatchery
Have the kids ever seen a real live fish hatchery? The original Kern River Fish Hatchery was built in 1928 by the Kern County Fish and Protective Game Association. It is located in Kernville (about 5 miles from our Rafting Center). The hatchery remains open to the public and planting continues with one full-time employee, a Fish Hatchery Manager. On the Hatchery grounds are also the manager’s home, the local Fish Biologist Office, and the local Game Biologist Office.
The Kern Valley Golf Course near Kernville was originally established as a semi-private club but is now open to the public. Open sunrise to sunset year round to visitors and residents alike, the golf course is closed only on Christmas day. Previous guests have mentioned that a day on the golf course is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the Kern River Valley the day prior to starting a two-day Lower Kern trip. It’s located only four miles from our Rafting Center and the green fees can’t be beat.
Kern Valley Museum
Located in Kernville, the Kern Valley Museum is a great place to show the kids some of the real artifacts from the days of the cowboy. The history and legends of the Old West captured the imagination of the whole world and have been immortalized in print and on film. The Kern River Valley retained the atmosphere of that Old West long after most of California had moved on into the Twentieth Century. In the Kern Valley Museum you will find artifacts and memorabilia which make the history of this valley come alive.