Thurman Flats Picnic Area

San Bernardino National Forest, Near Mentone, California

Thurman Flats Picnic Area does not offer reservations through Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


This picnic area is on Highway 38, about 3.5 miles northeast of the Mill Creek Visitor Center. This is one of the best bird-watching areas on the Forest, with over 200 species seen here. Look in the incense cedars at the picnic area and in the alders growing along the creek: yellow warblers, and Lawrence’s goldfinch, scrub jays, hooded orioles, and northern orioles. Many of the birds are using the trees as a resting place while migrating to and from Central and South America.

There is a large pavilion to provide shade over several picnic tables at Thurman Flats. BBQ grills are also provided. Please call the Mill Creek Ranger Station for current fire restriction information (909) 382-2882.