Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Campground Map
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Sequoia National Park Camping
Sequoia National Park camping is spread among several locations, including Lodgepole, Ash Mountain Entrance Station, and Mineral King. Also, several Sequoia National Forest campgrounds might be included here since they are not too far from Lodgepole Village.
Sequoia National Park camping at Lodgepole Village is limited to a single campground, naturally named Lodgepole Campground. In the village are many facilities, including a visitor center, market and gift shop, snack bar, laundry, and showers. A free shuttle connects Lodgepole with all the key destinations nearby such as the General Sherman Tree, Crescent Meadow, Moro Rock, and Dorst Campground.
Although Dorst Campground is 9 miles from Lodgepole, it is included here because of the shuttle connection. Both Dorst and Lodgepole have reservations available and both have summer campfire programs. A little farther up the Generals Highway in the National Forest is Stony Creek Campground.
Ash Mountain Entrance Station
Lower elevation Sequoia National Park camping is found along Highway 198 between the Ash Mountain Entrance Station and Hospital Rock. These campgrounds are below 3,000 feet and can be quite hot in the summer. Among the best are Potwashi Campground and Buckeye Flat Campground. There are few park support facilities here other than the Foothills Visitor Center.
A narrow, winding 25-mile road leads to Mineral King camping at 7,800 feet. Intrepid drivers find two nice, tents-only campgrounds and trailheads for some wonderful hiking routes into the Sequoia's wilderness. For those who like to avoid the crowds, Mineral King camping is the place to go. Facilities are limited to a ranger station and Silver City Mountain Resort, a private establishment with lodging and a small restaurant and store.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon Campgrounds
The spectacular natural wonders of Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks attract a steady flow of campers every year. Some of the more difficult to reach campgrounds, such as Buckeye Flat and those in Mineral King are tent-only sites. The others all accept RVs, trailers, and tents. Some roads in the parks, including portions of Highway 198, cannot accommodate vehicles longer than 22 feet. See Vehicle Length Limits & Advisories.
Dedicated Group Campgrounds
Cedar Grove: Canyon View Group Campground
Hume Lake: Logger Flat and Aspen Hollow group campgrounds
Sequoia National Forest: Cove and Fir group campgrounds
Campgrounds with Group Campsites
Sequoia NP: Dorst Creek Campground
Grant Grove: Crystal Springs Campground and Sunset Campground
Remote Eshom Campground in the Giant Sequoia National Monument has a fenced in pasture which may be used by those with horses. Be aware that the 20 mile from leading from Highway 180 to the campground is narrow and has many tight curves. Vehicles longer than 25 feet are not recommended.
Kings Canyon Camping is mainly divided between two destinations, Grant Grove and Cedar Grove. Both are excellent camping destinations, but each offers a somewhat different Kings Canyon camping experience.
Grant Grove camping is conveniently located near the park entrance. Grant Grove is close to more developed facilities than in Cedar Grove. Visitors enjoy a full restaurant, visitor center, market, gift shop, post office, riding stable, and lodging.
Many ranger-led programs are available during the day, along with evening campfire programs. The General Grant Grove of giant Sequoias is nearby with an easy trail among the trees. Grant Grove has 3 first-come, first-served campgrounds. At 6,500 feet in elevation it is cooler and more densely forested than Cedar Grove.
Cedar Grove camping is along a flat valley with soaring canyon walls and the mighty Kings River. Cedar Grove is 30 miles farther than Grant Grove, down a winding road with spectacular views. At an elevation of 4,600 feet, Cedar Grove is warmer than Grant Grove. The forest is more open. Facilities are fewer and smaller. Still, there is a small store/gift shop, counter-service restaurant, riding stable, limited lodging, and a small visitor center.
Trails lead to popular destinations such as Roaring River Falls and Mist Falls. Three first-come, first-served family campgrounds and one group campground are in Cedar Grove. Ranger-led programs are available during the day, along with evening campfire programs.
Hume Lake Camping
Outside Kings Canyon in National Forest land around nearby Hume Lake are several other nice campgrounds. In particular Princess Campground and Hume Lake Campground are excellent alternatives for Kings Canyon camping.