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Sequoia Campgrounds

Due to fire related forest closures, please contact the National Park and National Forest websites along with their social media channels for more information.

Sequoia Campgrounds

The Sequoia region offers some of the most beautiful places to camp and really affordable rates. Enjoy this list of campgrounds and camping areas provided by the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, and the Sequoia National Forest Service.

Sequoia National Park

Lodgepole and Giant Forest

The Lodgepole/Giant Forest Area is centrally located in Sequoia National Park at an elevation of 6,700 feet (2050 m). The area can be reached from either park entrance: a 45-minute drive from the Hwy 180 entrance at Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park, or a one-hour drive from Hwy 198, the main entrance to Sequoia National Park (vehicles over 22 feet long are not advised between Potwisha Campground and Giant Forest in Sequoia).

Campgrounds in the Lodgepole/Giant Forest area include Lodgepole Campground, which is open from early spring through late fall, and Dorst Creek Campground, which is open from early summer through fall. Both are available for camping with tents, RVs, and trailers. Reservations are recommended for both campgrounds.

Foothills Area

At an elevation of 2,500-3,000 (750 – 920 m), the foothills of Sequoia National Park are usually hot and dry in summer and cool and wet in winter, with occasional light snow. In this area, trails lead to oak woodlands, river canyons, and spring wildflowers. A 45-minute winding drive leads to the Giant Forest sequoia grove (vehicles over 22 feet are not advised between Potwisha Campground and Giant Forest). In summer, fire restrictions are often in effect in these campgrounds due to high temperatures and dry conditions.

Campgrounds in the Foothills area include Potwisha Campground, which is open to tents, RVS and trailer camping all year, Buckeye Flat Campground, which is open for tent camping from early spring through late fall. The primitive South Fork Campground is in a more remote area of the foothills and is open year-round for tent camping.

Mineral King Area

Featuring the highest elevation campground in the park at 7,500 feet (2280 m), the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park is only open during the summer months. A narrow, winding road leads to the area and its two campgrounds. The road to the area is open from late spring through fall. RVs and trailers are not recommended on Mineral King Road and are not permitted in campgrounds here. Mineral King is connected to the rest of Sequoia National Park only by trail.

Campgrounds in Mineral King include Atwell Mill Campground and Cold Springs Campground. Both are open for tent camping during the summer season.

Kings Canyon National Park

Grant Grove Area

Grant Grove serves as the gateway to Kings Canyon National Park. At 6,500 feet (2000 m), this area offers moderate temperatures in the summer, and is usually snow covered in the winter. Trails in this area lead to giant sequoia groves, meadows, waterfalls and vistas of the high Sierra. Services are available in Grant Grove Village, a short distance from all three campgrounds.

Campgrounds in Grant Grove include Azalea Campground, which is open to tents, RVs, and trailers year-round, Sunset Campground, which is open to tents, RVs, and trailers from early spring through late fall, and Crystal Springs Campground, which is open to group camping for tents, RVs, and trailers from early spring through late fall.

Cedar Grove Area

Located at 4,000 feet (1200 m) and an hour’s drive from Grant Grove, Cedar Grove is a quieter area of Kings Canyon National Park. This area is open from early spring to late fall. Campgrounds in this area are on the South Fork of the Kings River and offer views of the glaciated Kings Canyon. Trails here lead to meadows and waterfalls, and also provide some of the best access to the high Sierra wilderness. All campgrounds in this area contain a bicycle trail which connects them to services at Cedar Grove Village.

All Cedar Grove campgrounds are open to tents, RVs and trailers. They include Sentinel Campground, which is open from early spring through late fall, Sheep Creek Campground and Moraine Campground, both open from late spring through early fall, and Canyon View Campground, which is for groups only and is also open from late spring through early fall. Reservations are available in summer and fall for group sites.

Campgrounds in Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) maintains campgrounds in the Hume Lake District that border Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. All are open seasonally, and opening dates may vary depending on snowmelt and weather conditions. Please visit the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument website for information about all campgrounds in the area, including opening and closing dates, cost, and reservations.

A free campfire permit, required for any fire on Forest Service lands, may be obtained at the USFS Hume Lake District Office, Kings Canyon Visitor Center (Grant Grove), or downloaded from the USFS website. Fire Restrictions for campfires, barbecues, and cook stoves may be in place at these campgrounds.

Dispersed camping is not allowed in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The nearest areas for dispersed camping are in the Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest.

Hume Lake Ranger District

Hume Lake Ranger District in the northern portion of the Giant Sequoia National Monument is a favorite year-round recreation destination.

Big Meadow Campground
Buck Rock Campground
Camp 4 Campground
Convict Flat Campground
Eshom Campground
Green Cabin Flat Campground
Horse Camp Campground
Hume Lake Campground
Landslide Campground
Mill Flat Campground
Princess Campground
Stony Creek Campground
Tenmile Campground
Upper Stony Creek Campground

Kern River Ranger District

The Kern River Ranger District offers something for every recreationist.  The district covers 663,000 acres and offers 25 campgrounds and10 developed day use areas, Over 578 miles of trails run through mountains, high desert, along rivers, and through the forest, 68 miles of which run through designated wilderness.

Auxiliary Dam Campground
Boulder Gulch Campground
Breckenridge Campground
Camp 3 Campground
Camp 9 Recreation Area Campground
Cedar Creek Campground
Evans Flat Campground
Fairview Campground
Fish Creek Campground
Goldledge Campground
Headquarters Campground
Hobo Campground
Horse Meadow Campground
Hospital Flat Campground
Hungry Gulch Campground
Limestone Campground
Live Oak North Campground
Live Oak South Campground
Old Isabella
Paradise Cove Campground
Pioneer Point Campground
Sandy Flat Campground
South Fork Rec Campground
Tillie Creek Campground
Troy Meadow Campground
Lower Kern River

Western Divide Ranger District

Belknap Campground
Coy Flat Campground
Leavis Flat Campground
Lower Peppermint Campground
Lower and Upper Coffee Camp Day Use Areas
Quaking Aspen Campground
Redwood Meadow Campground
Upper Peppermint Dispersed Area
White River Campground
Wishon Campground

Please call 559-338-2251 for the most up-to-date Sequoia National Forest information.


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