Historic Hart Park
Hart Park is located off Alfred Harrell Hwy. It is named after John O Hart a supervisor for Kern County who wanted a peoples playground. It open 1929 to the citizens of Bakersfield and christened as Kern River Park. Although it was not officially finished till 1936, it offered a place of refuge and relaxing for many generations to this very day. Yet, it has seen better days, it still offers a place for many to come and play in the sun and fish along the rivers. It is a wonderful place to spend the day under a huge pines or so many other variety of trees that by now have matured to a spectacular grandeur. There are lots of picnic areas, grills and parking available.
Two lakes of 10acres with trout, catfish, bass fishing, but state license required).
Lots of wonderful wildlife such as fox, possum, raccoons, beaver, muskrat, skunks, white egret, and lots of beautiful blue heron ducks. A concession stand is at the west end of the lake with canoes and paddleboat rentals. Children playgrounds are available and restrooms. There are some historical buildings on the premises, such as a wooden Water Wheel Mill (Warning, fenced off for your safety) and the Cobblestone Fountain house.
Warning: Swim at your own risk and be aware that the Kern River current can sweep children and adults alike to their deaths to undercurrents to hidden pockets of underwater.
Hours: 5am-10pm all year
Eight miles northeast of Bakersfield on Alfred Harrell Highway.