Best Camping Near Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park Camping

By Alex Murphy

Known for massive trees that rise hundreds of feet into the air, Sequoia National Park was the second area to be designated a National Park in the United States. That history continues today as the park is still home to the largest known living tree in the world, the General Sherman Tree, which is estimated to be more than 2,300 years old.

Sequoia National Park, home to amazing hikes and great campgrounds, is one of a few parks that sit right next to Kings Canyon National Park, which is a short drive away. The two share a lot of resources, but each offers different views and its own unique experience. Sequoia NP is of course known for the park's giant sequoias, and Kings Canyon is known for sheer cliffs and other features carved by glaciers. It's easy for visitors to see both parks, and there's plentiful camping across the area.

Sequoia National Park offers multiple campgrounds within the park, including Lodgepole Campground, which is one of the most popular camping spots for both tent sites and RV spots. Visitors will find a picnic table and a fire ring at their campsite, which is a short distance from one of the forks of the Kaweah River. Lodgepole Campground is also within walking distance to Lodgepole Village, which offers a visitor center and camp store and shower and laundry facilities.

Another option for Sequoia National Park camping is Dorst Creek Campground. Camping here puts visitors just ten miles from the Giant Forest, where hikers can see the impressive sequoia trees that the park gets its name from. Like some of the campgrounds in the area, Dorst Creek Campground closes seasonally for the winter.

With the proximity of Sequoia and Kings Canyon, there are many additional nearby campgrounds. Azalea Campground in Kings Canyon National Park is one of the most popular campgrounds in the area, according to Campendium user reviews. Camping here puts visitors near the park entrance making it easy to visit both parks. This campground is ideal for tents, but campers can also fit an RV into some spots. Like many Sequoia and Kings Canyon campgrounds, you'll find a food storage box due to the number of bears in the area.

Considering the popularity of these parks, planning ahead is a good idea, and reservations are recommended. Most of these campgrounds can be booked on

Outside both National Parks is Sequoia National Forest which covers more than one million acres of land, and visitors can enjoy several campgrounds that offer similar settings among giant sequoias. Popular locations include Princess Campground and Big Meadows Campground.

As one of the country's biggest camping destinations, there are also many private campgrounds where visitors to both parks can find campsites with full RV hookups and nearby dump stations.

Some of the most popular Campendium reviewed campgrounds include Lemon Cove Village RV Park, which offers additional amenities like wi-fi, a swimming pool, playground, and a rec hall. Another popular spot close to all the activities offered in the area is Sequoia RV Ranch which backs up to a stream with easy water access.

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Recent Sequoia National Park Campground Reviews

Sequoia National Park, CA

Lodgepole Campground

Aug 15, 2021

"Still my favorite camping spot "

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We made the best of an interesting campsite. The pads for sites 70 & 71 were right next to each other and our site (70) was very exposed to the sun and car & foot traffic. The ranger told us there had previously been a tree, but we noted the lack of shade and privacy in this site with no tree cover. The site was both close and far enough from...
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Three Rivers, CA

Sequoia Campground & Lodge

Jul 24, 2021


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This was the most expensive campground we stayed at on a two month road trip and my least favorite! $77/night for the first two nights, then increased to $99 on Friday night. Our site R26 was small, dusty and no shade until late afternoon! The RV sites we very close together with no privacy and little room to park the truck. Full hook ups and...
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Teresa Elmore
8 reviews
Sequoia National Park, CA

Lodgepole Campground

Jun 25, 2021

"Outstanding "

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Old growth forest; spacious, private sites with lots of understory. Our camp hosts, Jason and Michelle, were amazing. Friendly, knowledgeable ... just the best. They work hard to keep the place pristine and it shows. We will be back.

6 reviews
Three Rivers, CA

Three Rivers Hideaway

Jun 22, 2021

"Good for quick overnight, great swimming hole"

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We stayed here after arriving too early for our stay at lemon cove. Only 30amp sites so we could only run one ac. Spots are tight. Only redeeming quality is the great swimming hole off the back is lined with rocks and only goes about 4 ft. You can wade along and see some little waterfalls. Nice safe swimming area for kiddos. You will not get any...
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Three Rivers, CA

Sequoia Campground & Lodge

Jun 05, 2021

"Interesting layout for RVs"

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This is a nicely sized and shaded campground with a lot of amenities and a lovely position right next to the river. The strange thing is that the RV portion of the park is all up against the wall and away from the river. It looks like the riverfront are for tents or smaller vehicles with no hookups. The RVs are somewhat crowded together...
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