It’s quiet amazing how much Bakersfield has to offer if you only open your eyes. Let me take you on a journey of a little part of town located along the Kern River known as the Lake Ming /Rio Bravo area. This area is a truly breathtaking place to live and offers so much to it’s local residents and those who enjoy the recreation it offers along the river. Let's start with the Jim Foss county golf course, also known as, Kern River Golf Course. The Kern River Golf Course is one of the nicer county golf courses in town. Boasting a lovely 18 hole course nestled next to the mighty Kern River, perfect for enjoying that California sunshine with friends. Take a stroll from there down to Lake Ming and enjoy the breathtaking views it has to offer. The lake offers fishing, boating, and picnic areas. Just down the road you can camp overnight along the river and cook s’mores while you're making memories.
All of that is just the beginning, because with less than a 5 minute drive you can take your bike and hit the trail that runs through the mountains with stunning views from above. Stop and cool off at the Calm Living Museum and say "hi" to the local residents. Featuring over 100 species of non-releasable animals and California native plants. Only animals injured or who cannot survive in their native environment are housed at CALM. Tickets start at $10 for adults, and $5 for children. For the soccer enthusiast, there is a huge soccer park which holds games and tournaments. Next to that, an awesome seasonal water park with giant water slides for those hot summer days. Visit Bakersfield Slide Fest for more details. Keep driving on down Alfred Harrell Hwy and you’re soon to run into Hart Park. This beautiful park has been a staple to Bakersfield residents for years. Hart Park first opened in 1921 when County Supervisor, John Hart, convinced the county to purchase land along the Kern River. Ten years later, Kern River Park was renamed Hart Memorial Park. The park boasts 370 acres, with two lakes and three canals. There are several "sections" which can be rented for large gatherings. There are also several large fields for lawn sports, baseball backstops, an equestrian trail along the river, and two 18-hole disk golf courses. Don’t forget to stop into Ethel's Old Corral on your way home for a cold one or a some good grub.
Come on down and enjoy all that this community has to offer. It pretty much has something for everyone; a golf course, a lake, a living museum, a park, bike riding, an equestrian trail, fishing, boating, camping, kayaking, disk golf, picnic areas and more! Get up, and get your family outside! If you’re thinking about living in the area or have a home to sell please visit us online at ritehomes.com or search homes for sale in the area.
If you have lived or currently live in the Lake Ming / Rio Bravo area then please comment with your experience living in the area!