It might be small, but Bridgeport has quite many interesting places you must visit when in the area.
Last updated: January 7, 2022
Top 5 Places to Visit in and near Bridgeport
Welcome to Bridgeport! Located in the California’s Eastern High Sierra, it’s a small town you’ve probably never heard about. You’re not alone here. If not for our recent California road trip, Bridgeport would have been just another place on the map for us.
Luckily, its relatively cheap accommodations compared to other locations near Mammoth Lakes drew us here for just one night. The next morning, however, we decided to extend our visit and see what Bridgeport had to offer. Based on our travel experiences and adventures in and near the town, here are the 5 best places you must visit in Bridgeport.
5 OF THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN BRIDGEPORT, CALIFORNIA
1. Travertine Hot Springs
The hot springs were responsible for our longer stay in Bridgeport. An area map showed that there were two places with the hot pools in the Bridgeport area. Travertine Hot Springs was the closest to our hotel. And after a quick visit, it became one of our favorite places to visit in Bridgeport.
Located south of the town along Route 395, Travertine Hot Springs features a handful of hot pools with the stunning Sierras in the background. The size of these hot springs allows to fit in up to a few people at a time. With such limited capacity, they serve pretty well for families or small groups, providing them with an intimate experience.
Needless to say and further taking into consideration its easy access, the Travertine Hot Springs area is one of the most visited places in Bridgeport.
2. Buckeye Creek
Buckeye Creek in the northern corner of the town is one of the best places to visit in Bridgeport for nature lovers. Add such activities as hiking, camping, and fly fishing, and you set yourself up for quite an adventurous day. The hiking trails near Buckeye Creek, however, are considered difficult and might not work well for the beginners.
3. Buckeye Hot Springs
Once you opt for Buckeye Creek, be sure to bathe in Buckeye Hot Springs nearby. In fact, two soaking pools are set next to a mountain stream. A small wall of rocks separates them from Buckeye Creek. With average temperate of water around 100 degrees, the hot springs provide a striking contrast to the much cooler water in the creek.
Unlike Travertine Hot Springs, Buckeye Hot Springs “lives” up in the mountains. To get to this must-visit place in Bridgeport, follow Twin Lakes Road to Doc and Al’s Robinson Creek Resort. From here, take dirt forest service road 017 that takes you to a parking area 2.5 miles away. It’s time for you to get off the car and walk a little bit. The hot springs area is located about 100 yards below.
4. Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes are crown jewels among the best places to visit in Bridgeport. The two alpine lakes surrounded by towering mountains and evergreen forest amuse with their natural beauty.
From the dramatic backdrop to clear water, they offer a great opportunity to relax and get closer to nature. No wonder, Twin Lakes is a popular destination for campers, hikers, mountaineers, and anybody who likes fishing and boating.
5. Bodie State Historic Park
A few centuries ago, the area near Bridgeport experienced a large influx of gold miners. The California Gold Rush from 1877 to 1888 brought over 10,000 people to this remote area, later known as the town of Bodie. But as the gold resources starting depleting, the residents were eager to leave the region.
Today Bodie is one of the largest unrestored ghost towns in the country administered as Bodie State Historic Park. Visitors of this Bridgeport site can still explore houses, shops, saloons, and a church of the bygone days.