DIRECTIONS: The entrance to Audubon-California's Kern River Preserve
is located alongside the scenic South Fork of the Kern River. It is fifty-seven miles
northeast of Bakersfield, Kern County, California.
From Bakersfield - Take Hwy. 178 fifty-seven miles northeast through the Kern
River canyon and past Lake Isabella - continue through the communities of Mtn. Mesa and
South Lake. Slow down at the T-intersection of Hwy 178 and Sierra Way as the preserve is
1.1 miles beyond this point. On the left is a large sign for Audubon California's Kern
River Preserve. You are almost here. Turn left and drive down the dirt road - slowly as
cattle are frequently in the field. The field is not our property - the road is an
easement to the preserve - so please respect the landowner and do not stop or park until
you reach the parking area inside the preserve.
From the Mojave Desert - The preserve is located approximately 30 miles from
Hwy 14. From Hwy. 14 take Hwy. 178 west through Walker Pass - Canebrake - Onyx and almost
through Weldon. The preserve is 0.6 miles beyond the South Fork Elementary School and only
100 yards past Kelso Valley Road at Hwy. 178 milepost 57.00 (white paddle sign on side of
road). On the right is a large sign for Audubon California's Kern River Preserve, you are
almost here. Turn right and drive down the dirt road - slowly as cattle are frequently in
the field. The field is not our property - the road is an easement to the preserve - so
please respect the landowner and do not stop or park until you reach the parking area
inside the preserve.
To help experience the rich diversity this area offers you may want to bring other maps
such as Kern, Tulare, and Inyo County road maps, Sequoia NF maps, and other appropriate
maps (topos, etc., for those who would be so inclined).
Ridgecrest - 1 hour
Bakersfield - 1.25 hours
Death Valley National Monument,
Fresno, Los Angeles, Morro Bay, Riverside, San Bernardino, Sequoia National
Park, Ventura - 3-3.5 hours
Orange County, Santa Barbara - 4
Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San
Diego, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose - 6 hours
Reno - 7.5 hours
Phoenix - 9 hours
Bakersfield/Kern County (1 ½ hrs.
to Kernville by car)
Burbank/Ontario (3+ hrs.)
Inyokern (1 ¼ hrs.)
LAX (3 – 4 hrs.)
Fresno (3 - 4 hrs.)
San Diego ( 5½ - 6 hours)
Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose,
San Francisco (6 - 6½ hours).
Car: All of the airports listed above are served by three or more major rental car
Take Greyhound service to Bakersfield, then take Kern Regional Transit (KRT) bus to
KRT schedule information call 8005601733.
Take Amtrak service to Bakersfield, then GET bus, or taxi, to GET terminal to connect with
Detailed information on visiting the Kern River Preserve contact:
Kern River Preserve - Phone:
Nearest Audubon California Chapters:
Kerncrest Audubon Society,
Ridgecrest, Kern County - 50 miles.
Audubon Society, Bakersfield, Kern County -
Natural History Information for Kern County and the Kern
River Watershed - Website - http://www.natureali.org
Visitor Information for Kern Valley - Websites -
Kernville Chamber of Commerce
Accommodations in the Kern River Valley -