Location: 7. 5 miles east of Georgetown on Wentworth Springs Rd
(Map will show intersection of Wentworth Springs Rd and Bottlehill Rd )
Website: for more information please see http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado/documents/rogs/rog_gtn_drubarner.pdf
Directions: From Cool (approx 6.5 miles south of Auburn, Ca on Hwy 49 off Hwy 80 - exit Elm St from Hwy 80. Turn left coming from the west, go 1 block and turn left at the stoplight onto Hwy 49. Continue traveling south on Hwy 49 approx 6.5 miles until you reach Cool - NOTE: Hwy 49 is winding but very manageable unless you have an extremely large rig). Turn left onto Hwy 193 towards Georgetown. Continue to Georgetown (12 miles - road gets a bit more winding 3-4 miles from Georgetown), turn left onto Wentworth Springs Rd (at stop sign) and continue 6 miles. Dru Barner turnoff can easily be missed. You will see a small sign on your right before you turn left stating that Dru Barner turnoff is 1/4 mile - you will have just come down a long hill and there is also a larger Dru Barner sign on the right just as you need to turn left - turn is just past a driveway). Proceed 1 mile on the paved forest rd - road is narrow, watch for oncoming vehicles. At the "Y" stay to the left and proceed another 1/2 mile. You will see the over flow parking on your right and just past overflow you will see the pay station and the camp ground in on your right.
Amenities: 47 camping sites - 15 unites have spur length up to 100ft. Some corrals have been added, some with a cover. More will be added as money allows. There are grills and picnic tables at the group kitchen area. There is NO dump station, No showers and NO hookups. There are few fire rings - camp fires may not be allowed during fire restrictions, best to check ahead with the Georgetown Ranger station (you pass it on the way, 3.5 miles from Georgetown).
Staging area: Park in one of the empty sites. A new over flow parking area has been added just before you turn into the camping area.
Dogs: allowed but must be leashed at all times
Trails: there is a mix of single track and wider trails. There is a 5 mile loop off Bottlehill Rd (starting between sites 8 & 9) which is a fairly easy but you do ride along a road/driveway for a bit and you will need to watch out for cars and motorcycles (not used much). Continuing down Bottlehill Rd also makes for a nice trail ride and there are loops off that road that you can do to extend your ride - some of the loops are moderate to hard terrain. There is also a 12 and 25 loop that starts across the campground entrance. The trails vary from easy to steep. You will also need to cross a couple of paved roads - please be sure to watch for traffic and the roads can be slick. There is some signage with trail names but it is still VERY easy to get turned around. Best to ride up there the first few times on an organized ride where the trails will be ribboned. The Sunday of Memorial day weekend there is always an organized ride put on by El Dorado Equestrian Trails Foundation and the trails are ribboned and the ribbons stay up for about a week after the ride.
NOTE: to purchase a trail map of Dru Barner printed on a bandanna please go to http://www.cooltrailmaps.com
Water: 4 water troughs with faucets plus 2 other faucets, all non potable water only
Restroom facilities: there are 3 sets of vault/flush toilets - 1 double, 2 single
Other info: Elevation is 3200 ft. Open year round although the access road is not plowed during the winter. Might encounter motorcycles on some roads that are also part of the trail system - they do not always slow down.
Fees: $3 day use and $8 overnight use, no reservations - first come first serve. Normally there is plenty of room unless there is a ride scheduled.
There is a yearly pass you can buy - good for El Dorado National Forest. The pass can be purchased at Georgetown Forestry (you pass this on the way to Dru Barner)
See “trail pictures” tab located to the left of this page for photos and more information.
Print this page to take with you for reference.
Friendly reminder - be smart do not leave any valuables in your vehicle or trailer.