The best travel guide for outdoor recreation in this area is:
Exploring the Southern Sierra: West Side by J. C. Jenkins (Wilderness Press)
Bicycle and Motorcycle Touring / Mountain Biking
Bicycle and motorcycle tourers are in for some good riding. Because this area is sparsely populated and not overly touristed, the roads and the air are clear. April - November are excellent riding. There are plenty of fire roads in Mountain Home State Forest, Jack's Flat Road and Upper Grouse Valley to please mountain bikers.
Horseback Riding and Pack Trips
Ride among the Giants by the hour or overnight into the high country with the Shew family at Balch Park Pack Station.
Fishing and Swimming
There are many fishing and swimming opportunities on the Tule River (trout) and Success Lake, and fishing at Upper Grouse Valley lakes (bass and bluegill) and mountain lakes in Balch Park (stocked trout). Buy your rod, tackle and license at the Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville (559) 539-5626.
Massage and Yoga
Relax with a massage and spa experience in nature at Springville's unique Sycamore Grove Wellness Spa on the banks of the Tule River (559) 539-3387. Attend Yoga and Pilates classes at The Center in Springville (559) 313-6076.
Hiking and Cross-Country Skiing
Opportunities for hiking in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, Mountain Home State Forest and Balch Park (County) jurisdictions abound. Groomed trails for cross country skiing can be found at Ponderosa on Hwy 190. See little known Giant Sequoia groves, waterfalls and breathtaking mountain vistas.
Ponderosa Lodge (559) 539-2618 (cross country ski rental).
Mountain Home State Forest (559) 539-2321 (Summer) and (559) 539-2855 (Winter).
Sequoia National Forest, Tule River Ranger District (559) 539-2607.
The Tulare county foothills, with their classic Meditterranean climate, cool Sierra breezes at night and granite soils create the perfect conditions for a blossoming new wine region.
Taste some exciting artisanal wines from:
La Belle Winery specializing in bold reds
Las Flores Winery specializing in sparkling wines
Battle Mountain Vineyard producing boutique reds
Bella La Vina Farms and Winery specializing in sweet fruit wines
River Island Country Club and Championship Golf Course is located 3 miles west of Springville on Hwy 190. The golf course boasts the highest course and slope rating in Kings and Tulare counties. The front nine has recently been renovated.
McDermont Field House
If the kids just need a break from the beautiful outdoors, McDermont Field House is located just 45 minutes drive from any of our properties in the neighboring town of Lindsay. The 172,000 square foot facility boasts Arena Soccer fields & Basketball Courts, huge Laser Tag basement, Flowrider Indoor Surf Machine, Rock Climbing Wall, Skate Park, Fitness Center, Arcade, X-Box Sorting Station, Boxing Training Facility, Concessions, Bounce Houses, Giant Sequoia Tree House and Zip Line.