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