Top 10 Things to do in Kernville, United States

February 12, 2018 Sheron Bogner

Kernville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the southern Sierra Nevada, in Kern County, California, United States. Kernville is located 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Bakersfield, at an elevation of 2,667 feet (813 m). The population was 1,395 at the 2010 census, down from 1,736 at the 2000 census.
Restaurants in Kernville

1. Kern River Outfitters

6602 Wofford Heights Blvd, Wofford Heights, CA 93285
Excellent
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5 based on 118 reviews

Kern River Outfitters

Reviewed By Alana H

We, My father (63 yrs old, was a champ) my husband and I had an amazing time, trip of a life time, great river guides (Franz,Mitch and Chey) made us feel safe and they were great coachs , good cooks with fun and informative personalities. I highly recommend this experience for some one looking for excitement and adventure... SOOO FUNN!

2. SoCal Rafting

11101 Kernville Rd, Kernville, CA 93238-9791
Excellent
91%
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5 based on 106 reviews

SoCal Rafting

Our main focus while Kern River rafting is to ensure that your class II/III whitewater experience is both fun and memorable. All of our guided river trips are available for families with kids from age 6 and up. Our rafting equipment is new and state of the art. Our raft guides are the best in the industry. ​ There are many different sections that are available for Kern River rafting. SoCal’s slew of waterborne activities take place just north of historic Kernville, Ca. Kernville is Southern California’s perfect town for safe and fun Kern River rafting! Activities on the Kern River include whitewater rafting, kayaking, paddle tubing, camping and fishing. When it comes to Kern River rafting, SoCal Rafting is one of the best river outfitters in California! Check out our whitewater raft trips to see which one is the best fit for your family vacation.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

We did the 3 mile run with John as our guide. We have a special needs son and he took very good care of him. We all had an excellent time and would definitely do again with John. SoCal Rafting was very professional and helpful. Thanks again John. The pictures of our run are so cool to see. See you all soon

3. The Kern Valley Museum

49 Big Blue Road, Kernville, CA 93238 +1 760-376-6683
Excellent
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5 based on 56 reviews

The Kern Valley Museum

Revisit the Old West: Native American art, local brands, movies filmed in the Valley, art gallery, pioneer photos, mining equipment, mountain cabin, Graham Truck, stagecoach and lots more. Friendly docents will give you a guided tour and it's all free!

Reviewed By MoJo C - Lakewood, California

Pleasantly surprised by this museum we found thru Trip Advisor. There is no entrance fee only a donation box. People inside were friendly and knowledgeable. The place is small but it is full of real interesting historical artifacts about Kern River and surrounding areas. Kids had fun looking at rocks, antique tools and home appliances.

4. Reel Cinema

6742 Wofford Heights Blvd, Wofford Heights, CA 93285 +1 760-376-3030
Excellent
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Reel Cinema

Reviewed By helene m - Wofford Heights, California

Just taken over by new very hip owners who change the movies every week..first run...small intimate theatre ...great free popcorn fill your bag on I think Wednesday's

5. Sierra South Mountain Sports

11300 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238
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5 based on 33 reviews

Sierra South Mountain Sports

Sierra South has been in business 30+ years and offers: The oldest, largest, and most experienced whitewater kayaking school in Southern California. As well as, guided whitewater raft trips on the Kern River through Kernville as well as on the Upper Kern's Class III-V sections north of town. We offer recreational kayak trips on Lake Isabella, rock climbing courses at local climbing areas, standup paddleboard (SUP) rentals & classes, and river tube rentals and shuttles at the end of the whitewater season. We also have a brick-and-mortar outfitters store stocked with gear, clothing, and gifts for paddling and mountain sports adventures. We are centrally located in the river town of Kernville, with a view of the Kern from our deck. Since 1995 an online River Store, where an actual person who knows paddling will handle your order and/or answer the customer service line. We support the Kern Valley River Council, the annual Kern River Festival, and Kern River Streambed and Park Restoration Project. This is an award-winning location for those scouting for film, television, and print media.

Reviewed By craiginsd - Poway, CA

Sierra South offers a number of packages for whitewater rafting on the Kern, some of which cater to Boy Scouts. Our troop took advantage of their whitewater rafting merit badge offering, which worked out great. We've used this company in years past, but this was the first time we did the all-day merit badge program. Our guide Jorge was friendly, professional, and really struck the right balance between learning and having fun. The water levels have greatly improved this year, so I recommend going before the next drought! While I have no experience with Sierra South's competitors, I did note that the other companies arriving at the insertion point on the river conducted their safety briefings AFTER the boats were put in the water at the shoreline, which basically blocked access to the water for us for quite a long time, since Sierra a South does their safety briefing on shore. Clearly, those others companies didn't care that they were impeding our enjoyment.

6. Lake Isabella

6755 Wofford Blvd, Wofford Heights, CA 93285-9429 +1 760-299-2049
Excellent
32%
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3.5 based on 46 reviews

Lake Isabella

Reviewed By prettylobster - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If you love to be in the water...this is the nearest refuge in the Kern County desert. Go for jet ski, parasailing, picnic, camping, or just hang around to enjoy nature...this is a good place. Driving through the 178 road in reaching there offers a scenic view, that takes away the boredom.

7. Mountain & River Adventures

15775 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238-9735
Excellent
71%
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Mountain & River Adventures

We know how to create valuable memories for you on Kern River white water! Mountain & River Adventures (MRA) offers guided rafting tours of the Kern River that provide awesome vacation experiences for the whole family. We offer rafting tours that challenge, excite, and bond family members, while maintaining the highest standards of safety. Explore your passion for pure fun and commitment to environmental stewardship with us on an unforgettable Kern River rafting vacation. Just give us a call to chat!

Reviewed By thibbs1955 - Santa Clarita, California

My family and I have rafted the kern on numerous occasions, and we have always used Mountain and River Adventures. The guides are experienced and fun and always have a little surprise for you during your adventure.

8. Eagle Rafting

11252 Kernville Road, Walking distance from the Kern River Brewery., Kernville, CA 93238
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5 based on 20 reviews

Eagle Rafting

Come and raft the Kern River! Kern River rafting combines the adventure of white water rafting with the natural beauty of the Sequoia National Forest. The Kern River cuts through more than 150 miles of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on its journey to feed the fertile fields of the San Joaquin Valley. Over time it has become a prime destination for whitewater enthusiasts and recreational adventurers alike. Located about 3 hours from Los Angeles, the Kern Valley offers hiking, fishing, equestrian trails, camping and some of the best whitewater in the country.

Reviewed By drcyslvdr

This was a first time rafting trip for me, my husband and our thirteen year old daughter. I was a little worried that we were too early and the water would be too cold, but Joe assured us that he had everything we needed to be toasty warm while rafting. Our guide, Dakota, did a great job taking care of us while Joe worked with his new guides. What an enthusiastic group, they were. All in all we had a great day adventuring on the Kern river and plan to return next spring break for a longer stay in Kernville.

9. Riverside Park

Kernville Rd, Kernville, CA 93238
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5 based on 13 reviews

Riverside Park

Reviewed By bobsacerdo - Kernville, CA

Riverside Park is adjacent to Kernville, and is a marvelous oasis in summer, a pleasing stroll in winter. There are well-maintained restrooms and children's play equipment, tables and benches and, of course, the Kern River. Fishing is better up river, and there is only one small sandy spot, most of the river bank being rocky. During summer heat, the plentiful shade and coolness from the river are most welcome. There are frequent events including concerts, art and car shows: Imagine glorious hot-rods with a backdrop of the river and trees.

10. Kernville Saloon

20 Tobias, Kernville, CA 93238 +1 760-376-2500
Excellent
56%
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Kernville Saloon

Reviewed By Moby21 - Irvine, California

Walked in here for a beer and was pleasantly surprised. They have a couple pool tables as well as a shuffleboard table. The place was clean and the bartender was friendly. If you want a drink or are looking to play pool then stop in.

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