Environment: Mountains, lakes, giant sequoias, mixed oak and conifer forests at over 6000' elevation. Balch Park is completely contained within Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest.
Activities: birdwatching, camping (first come, first served, no reservations), dog walking (on leash; scoop poop) fishing (license required), hiking, historic sites, museum, photography, rock climbing, wildlife viewing
Open: approximately mid-May to mid-November, depending on weather
Site Steward: Tulare County Parks and Recreation, 559-624-7227.
Phone 559-539-3896 for current information when the park is open (approximately mid-May to mid-November, depending on weather)..
Links: Tulare County Parks & Recreation
Sequoia National Forest & Wishon Canyon including Balch Park
Books: 1) The Men of Mammoth Forest: A Hundred-year History of a Sequoia Forest and its People in Tulare County, California by Floyd L. Otter, 1963 (http://www.foothillwater.com/pages/History&Nature.html)
2) The History of A Giant Sequoia Forest: the Story of Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest by Floyd L. Otter and David Dulitz, 2007 (see www.foothillwater.com)
3) A Guide to the Sequoia Groves of California by Dwight Willard (Yosemite Association, 2000)
Directions: Map and directions are at the bottom of this page.
Address: 48200 Bear Creek Drive, Springville, CA
N36° 14.0971', W118° 41.709'
From Visalia (A)
1. Head east on CA-198 E 10.8 mi
2. Turn right onto Yokohl Valley Rd
3. Turn right onto Balch Park Rd/Springville-Milo Rd
4. Follow the signs to Balch Park (B)
To return via Porterville (C):
1. Take Bear Creek Dr. to Balch Park Dr. to Springville, then follow CA-190 W to Porterville