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Camp Nelson

Camp Nelson is an exciting community. Aside from cozy mountain homes, it also has a ton of outdoor activities for you to enjoy. This small mountain neighborhood in the Tulare County is the oldest community in the Southern Sierra Nevada. It was established by John M. Nelson in 1886 and it houses some of the oldest cabins in the area.

Camp Nelson is accessible through Highway 190 and is 30 miles east of Porterville City. The community sits at the 5,000-foot elevation in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Every year, more and more people discover how amazing Camp Nelson is no matter the season. It has become a popular vacation spot due to its scenic location among the mountains and enjoyable activities.

No wonder it has the most number of residents and vacation homes out of the Southern Sierra communities!

AT&T Cell phone service coming to our community in the near future, finally!

What’s in Camp Nelson?

Slate Mountain Saloon opening in 2020 (formerly Nelson’s Tavern). We missed the great local hang out for the community and our guests.

There’s so much to do and see in Camp Nelson. Choose among popular pastimes of fishing, hiking, and camping.

  • Head to the Tule River at the Belknap Campground to bait California’s native freshwater fish, the golden trout
  • Start your hike at the same Belknap Campground and choose between trekking through the lower land Camp Nelson Trail or the Bear Creek Trail
  • Set up your tents at the Belknap Campground or the Coy Flat Campground for the ultimate Camp Nelson experience – note that these campgrounds are seasonal and only open for a specific set of months

You can also:

  • Attend the Camp Nelson Mountain Festival, an annual event the community has been celebrating for the last 30 plus years. Held in the Camp Nelson Meadow, this festival started to commemorate Camp Nelson’s 100th year since it was first established. This two-day festival features a wide variety of activities for all ages – from bounce houses to log sawing. Residents and outsiders flock to this meadow to eat delicious food, listen to live music, and view incredible artworks. It’s also a great way to mingle with the Camp Nelson community and its visitors.

Camp Nelson Real Estate

The houses in Camp Nelson are comprised of single-family homes come in 1 to 3 stories and typically feature  from 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and larger. The homes have a cabin-style feel based on their wooden interiors and exteriors, along with clusters of lush trees surrounding them. Most homes are fully furnished.

Vacant lots on which you can build your custom own mountain home are also available. Lot sizes range from 0.37 acres to 0.51 acres. Some of these lots are situated on flat land. Other lots in Camp Nelson are in a steeper area and would make for a great multilevel home.

The beauty of having your own home in Camp Nelson is staying in a comfortable cabin surrounded by family, friends, and nature. To know more about this exciting community, contact us, Southern Sierra Real Estate, at 559.542.1500 or email Rita at


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