Located in the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest, Forest Falls is a haven from the fast paced world of Southern California. It is a treasure, with safe living, clean air and majestic beauty all around.
On May 26th 2007, the Gail D Cox Community Center at Big Falls Lodge was dedicated. Big Falls Lodge serves as a central gathering place for individuals and groups within the mountain communities of Forest Falls, Mountain Home Village and Angelus Oaks. Big Falls Lodge is a place for town meetings, to socialize, hold classes, and support other charitable organizations. The Lodge is also available to rent for family celebrations, graduations, reunions and weddings.
Gail D. Cox was a long time resident of Forest Falls whose generosity made the purchase of Big Falls Lodge as a center for the community possible. Residents and friends of Forest Falls contributed their own talents and money to restore Big Falls Lodge to its current beautiful state. We are all very proud of this effort, it is truly a wonderful place.
VFCCi's primary purpose is to own and maintain Big Falls Lodge in order to host community events and support our local groups.
VFCCi generates financial assistance to public agencies and other non-profit associations that provide public benefits to the community through various fundraising events and charitable use of the community center. VFCCi, a non-profit public benefit corporation, is a certified 501c3 organization.
Big Falls Lodge has a long history in the canyon and has been a saloon and a restaurant in the past, it sat unused for many years but was revived by the community. Currently the building is about 2500 square feet and is 50+ years old. Maintaining a multi-use building in the mountains has its own set of challenges.
VFCCi supports various groups in town in their endeavors, and also holds fundraising events for building maintenance and operating expenses throughout the year. The biggest fundraisers are “Chili Cookoff” held the first weekend in July and “Haunt on the Hill” held at Halloween time. Individual donations are gratefully accepted.
Rural communities hold the keys to survival in their own hands. The residents of Forest Falls and the neighboring communities of Mountain Home Village and Angelus Oaks have invested in themselves and their futures to overcome significant geographical and natural events to not merely survive, but to thrive.
There are many opportunities for service, and many residents participate in one or more of these groups. These groups include Mill Creek Canyon CERT, Mountain C.A.R.E., Forest Falls Firefighters Association, Mill Creek Search and Rescue, Frozen Green Thumb Garden Club and our local elementary Fallsvale School.
Some of the events held regularly at Big Falls Lodge include:
Earth Day/Canyon Clean Up (sponsored by Mountain C.A.R.E.)
Training for Mill Creek Canyon CERT (San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services)
Monday Night Music