Green Valley Lake
The “Hidden Gem” of the San Bernardino Mountains, Green Valley Lake is, at 7,000 ft, a higher resort community than either Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear. This “best kept secret on the mountain” is secluded (nearly four miles away from the State Highway 18) and surrounded by National Forest. For all those reasons it has remained small, picturesque, and uncrowded.
Green Valley Lake has something going on all the time. For a little town, we sure stay busy. Our town boasts of a pretty little lake that is stocked often with plentiful fish, and a small beach for swimming. We have abundant opportunities for hiking, camping, winter sports, cabin rentals, restaurants, the artisan tour, summer concerts, Pie Festivals, and much more.
Located only 90 miles away from Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties, in the San Bernardino Mountains, Green Valley Lake attracts visitors seeking clean air, blue skies, crystal-clear water, and the serenity and calm beauty of a quiet forested community. Our two closest neighbors are Arrowbear and Running Springs. There are Hiking trails galore and plenty of opportunities for bird watching, mountain biking horseback riding, and in the winter, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The nine-acre lake is regularly stocked for fishing, plus there is boating and swimming as well. For the sports enthusiasts, Green Valley Lake offers a beach volleyball court next to the lake, plus a basketball court and a tennis court that also can be used for volleyball or badminton. Barbecue facilities are located under the trees in the adjoining picnic area. A magnificent public campground is just down the road with 40 spaces and clean restrooms.
The visitor can also choose from several cabins for rent. Green Valley Lake has a small downtown area that hosts a market, two restaurants, a post office, a bait and tackle shop, real estate offices, and a community garden. There is also a community church located at 648 Yukon. Further up Green Valley Road you will find the Fire Department and local museum. Green Valley Lake Also Happens to be a mecca for artists and musicians. Three times a year (Memorial Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, and Thanksgiving Weekend) there is an Artisan Tour in which the local artisans open their homes or studios and display their many beautiful pieces of handmade artwork. Occasionally, the local musicians get together to jam. Plus, there are five outdoor concerts during the summer in the garden across from the lake. For all the many other things to do here, be sure to check out our Schedule of Events.