Eshom Campground

Giant Sequoia National Monument

Giant Sequoia Forest

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks
Attractions and Activities

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks are filled with scenic wonders and great places to explore. Campers at Eshom Campground are near the largest grove of Giant Sequoias in the world.

  • Drive over to Hume Lake for swimming, kayaking, and fishing.
  • Join in Ranger-led Programs at Grant Grove, Cedar Grove, Wuksachi Lodge, and John Muir Lodge.
  • Try your luck fishing along the Kings River in Cedar Grove or hike to Mist Falls.
  • Take advantage of a free shuttle to key sites in Sequoia's Lodgepole and Giant Forest area .
  • In Sequoia, visit Crystal Cave, climb the trail up Moro Rock, stand before the towering Sherman Tree, and visit the Giant Forest Museum.
  • Take a scenic driving tour of some of the spectacular vistas in the parks.
  • Children can participate in the Junior Ranger Program.
  • Enjoy the annual Dark Sky Festival, August 21 - 23, 2017. Enjoy telescope viewings, solar observations, activities, and tours.

Key Eshom Campground Regulations

  1. Use of chainsaws is not allowed.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 9 AM to 9 PM.
  3. To prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted.
  4. Avoid problems with bears by storing food where bears cannot access it.
  5. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times. At night they must be confined to a tent or vehicle.

Eshom Campground

Eshom Campground is in a remote area of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, which is part of Sequoia National Forest. The campground is about 20 miles off Highway 180 near the entrance to Kings Canyon National Park. Visitors to Eshom Campground enjoy its quiet location along Eshom Creek. Hiking trails lead into the Redwood Mountain/Whitaker forest grove of Giant Sequoias. Mountain biking is another favorite activity in the area. Berry pickers take to the abundance of blackberries and gooseberries growing around the campground.

Eshom Campground has 23 campsites divided into two sections and surrounded by a forest of ponderosa pine, cedar, Sequoia and other conifers. In the west section campers find potable water spigots at sites around two loops. Sites 4, 5, and 7 are designated for tents only. All other sites can accommodate tents and small RVs or trailers. The east section is more rustic, lacking potable water. Parking aprons are informal and campsites have stone fire rings but no grills.

A fenced pasture is available for those with horses. Good riding trails are nearby.

Directions: From Fresno, travel east on Hwy. 180 to Hwy. 245. Turn right onto Hwy 245 and drive approximately 11 miles to Badger. At Badger, turn left on Whitaker Forest Drive. Go approximately 9 miles to Eshom Campground. Watch for it on the right side of the road.

While Forest Road 14S75 may appear on maps to be a shorter route to the campground, be advised that it is a dirt road which turns extremely bumpy about half way down. Unmarked side roads can be very confusing.

Eshom Campground Basics
Eshom Campground Location: Take Highway 180 to Hwy. 245 and then at Badger turn left on Whitaker Forest Dr.
Elevation: 4,800 feet
Mileage for Gateway City: Fresno - 72 miles
Number of Sites: 23
Open - Closed: Mid-May through September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by: Sequoia Recreation, a division of California Land Management
Hume Lake Ranger District: (559) 338-2251

Reservations for Eshom Campground
Reservations available: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 25 feet (due to narrow, winding roads)
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $23 for single site ($2 more on holiday weekends)
Campground Map: Eshom Campground Map
Reservations: Eshom Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Eshom Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water (except in east section)
Showers and laundry: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Eshom Campground: Explore along the banks of Eshom Creek, looking for Native American grinding stones and bathtubs. Drive a short distance and then hike through the Redwood Mountain/Whitaker forest grove of Giant Sequoias, Whitaker Forest and Redwood Mountain groves of Giant Sequoias. Drive to Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park.

General Camping Information for
Sequoia National Forest

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood should be obtained in the area near the campground.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

Eshom Campground Map, Giant Sequoia National Monument, CA

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