RV Park Review – Orange Grove RV Park, Bakerfield, CA

Hanging in the orange grove at Orange Grove RV Park

An immaculate RV park set in a lovely orange grove in S. CA. Great stop-over spot for anyone travelling I-5.

Link to park here: Orange Grove RV Park
Link to map location here: Orange Grove RV Park

  1. Site quality = 4/5 Very nice sites here. They are all spacious, flat dirt, but kept in very good condition with picnic table, individual orange trees (you can pluck as much fruit as you like in season) and good hookups (50Amp/water/sewer and cable). Most are pull-throughs with a few back-ins along the far rear. Only slight ding is that there is not much separation between sites (apart from the orange trees). Most sites are very similar, but edge sites (on end of every row) do have some extra space.
  2. Facilities = 5/5 Very nice facilities here. Large, clean toilets with very big individual showers (huge in fact) with table and hooks for your clothes. Nice modern feel.
  3. Amenities = 5/5 Very good amenities. There is a cute country store and lodge (with books, puzzles and tables), a decent pool area (just a tad small, but otherwise very nice), playground, laundry, fitness room (all new equipment). RV & car washing section in back (nice, little touch), plus free WiFi (which works well -> I gather it was just updated recently). Also on-site propane and dump station.
  4. Location = 3/5 Bakersfield is not exactly a location destination (for most folks), but the park is a very convenient stopover for anyone travelling on I-5/99. In addition it’s nicely set ~9 miles out of town and inside an orange grove which means peace and relaxation -> a real bonus for the area. You are also just around the corner from the CA Fruit Depot.
  5. Pet friendliness = 4/5 Great doggie spot. There is a walking area in the orange groves all around the park, plus a very cute (and nicely sized) off-leash area in the shaded grove on the SW corner. No bags, but poop-scooper areas all around. Only ding is no real hiking out the door. Nearest hiking w/ pooch is ~10 miles away at Kern River County Park.

Overall rating = 4.2
Pluck oranges from the tree next to your site!

Summary: We needed a good stop-over with hookups (because of the heat) on I-5 and this park had been highly recommended by just about everyone we talked to. It definitely lived up to its reputation. Set quietly ~9 miles out of town the entire park is in the middle of an orange grove, with trees at each and every site. It’s immaculately kept with large, dirt sites, good hookups and great amenities (pool, hangout room, fitness room, RV washing station…you name it). Even the WiFi works well! The only slight dings are that sites do not really have much separation (apart from the orange trees) and there’s no real hiking directly from the park. In low-season the owners book everyone with space between, but in high-season (snowbird migration) I gather it’s packed. There are a few things to do and see around town. A lovely and relaxing stop-over and one I would definitely recommend to others.

Extra Info: Good 4G & 3G Signal on Verizon. Free WiFi on-site (works well). Sites $39/night ($35 for Good Sam’s or seniors), $195/week or $450/mo (all-inclusive).

Extra, Extra Info – Other Camping? There are a few other camping options which I can recommend in the area. For smaller rigs (I would say 35-max. It’s a tad tight for our size) nearby Kern River County Park is a lovely non-hookup park set beautifully right next to the river. Surrounding area has lots of hiking, trees, picnic area and recreation. For those looking for a “freebie” Camping World allows overnight camping in their lot.

Front view of our site (#161). All sites are very similar.
Another typical site view. RV in site #171
View down front empty row showing sites & picnic tables
Another view down a typical row. Our RV is on the left.
View down one of the back rows. Most of the monthly residents stay here. Front RV in site #67 on left.
View of facilities
View of pool area
View of playground
View of off-leash dog run
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  1. says

    When we leave the Bay Area, right after Christmas, this is always our first night’s stop. Love the park but especially, at that time of year, we pick bags of oranges straight from the trees, then head for our beautiful Anza Borrego Desert! Have a great trip north…

    • libertatemamo says

      I’m very happy we ended up there. It’s defintely a spot we’ll come back to when we travel that route in the future.

  2. says

    Well shoot! Looks like I was here the same night you were. It’s been a regular first (or last) night for me too but now I am leaning towards the Kern River for my next trip.

    • libertatemamo says

      Sorry we missed each other! If you can fit into Kern River and don’t need the hookups I would most definitely recommend trying it. It’s a really, really scenic campground and very peaceful too. Some gorgeous river-side sites there.

  3. says

    Agree wholeheartedly with review. The only downer was Bakersfield, but wife had a ‘must see’ friend, so we hung there for a week.

    • libertatemamo says

      Yeah, I have to admit Bakersfield is not really a “must see” place, unless there are friends there. I did end up enjoying our stay tho’ thanks to tips from folks on the blog.

  4. says

    Nice, clean park! And I love the idea of picking oranges right out of your RV window! Then squeezing fresh OJ for bfast mmm hmm! Seems like your timing was just right, cos the park was not packed right? You can have all the citrus to yourself!

    • libertatemamo says

      Yeah, our timing was good. The park was half-empty when we got there and we had an open space on either side of us. We were a bit late for the orange season, but we did manage to snab some of the last hanger-ons. Our neighbour Smitty actually picked us a whole bag!!

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