Places of Interest

Big Bear Valley has many beautiful and unique places to see during your visit. From trails that lead to spectacular views to the local history museum, here is where you will find a list of interesting and fun locations that you don't want to miss.

Big Bear Lake Village

Big Bear Lake Village

The City of Big Bear Lake boasts a beautiful shopping and entertainment district on the Lake, nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains. With over 120 local vendors, the Village can satisfy your every shopping wish in just one stop!
Location: Take Highway 18 to Village Dr. or Pine Knot Ave. in Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Discovery Center

Big Bear Discovery Center

The Big Bear Discovery Center is the largest visitor center in the Big Bear Valley. Stop by and be one of the more than 190,000 yearly visitors to enjoy exhibits, weekly programs, eco-tours, and special events like outdoor concerts, theater productions, and nighttime interpretive programs in the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater.
Location: 40971 North Shore Drive/Hwy 38, Fawnskin CA 92333
Phone: (909) 382-2790
Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Big Bear Alpine Zoo

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is open 7 days a week from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and features many species of animals and birds. There is a daily animal presentation at noon and feeding tours most days.
Location: 40971 North Shore Drive (Highway 38), Fawnskin, CA 92333
The Big Bear Valley Historical Museum

The Big Bear Valley Historical Museum

The Big Bear Valley Historical Society operates a Historical Museum with an extensive collection of artifacts, featuring exhibits from the indigenous Serrano Indians, the gold mining era, cowboys and cattle ranching, logging, fox farming and early winter sports.
Location: 800-B Greenway Dr. Big Bear City, CA 92314 - Enter through the park on Tom Core Drive.
Phone: (909)-585-8100
Holcomb Valley

Holcomb Valley

Holcomb Valley was the site of the most gold mines in Southern California. It was named after William F. Holcomb, who found gold there in 1860. The site is now registered as California Historical Landmark #619.
Location: 4-5 miles up Van Dusen Canyon Road off of North Shore Dr.
Castle Rock Trail

Castle Rock Trail

Castle Rock Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear Lake, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Location: Castle Rock trail begins 1.1 miles east of the dam on Hwy 18.
Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve

Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve

Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve is a wonderful spot for wildflower viewing. Stop by and get information about what`s in bloom and get a chance to see the amazing pebble plain flowers found only in the Big Bear Valley!
Location: Hwy 18 east of Big Bear City. Reserve is at the intersection of Hwy 18 and Holcomb Valley Road on the north side of Baldwin Lake.