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 Recreation.gov.

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

Dec 19, 2023

"Great location in Sequoia National Park"

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We camped her in mid September to enjoy the beautiful nearby Sequoia groves and the many hiking trails. The nightly rate of $14.00 reflects our Senior Pass discount. The campground drive is paved, the campsite pads are paved, water and trash containers are located nearby, and the restrooms were clean. The campground store and restaurant are...
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Richard n Mary
101 reviews
Three Rivers, CA

Three Rivers Hideaway

Nov 03, 2023

"Clean, Good Location, Nice Staff, Level Sites"

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We enjoyed our stay here with easy access to Sequoia National Park. All the people were friendly and sites level. A little tight getting in and out. We’d stay there again.

camper-852353
12 reviews
Oct 13, 2023

"Nice And Quiet! Controlled Fires Happening Now"

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Great free place to stay with access to Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP. Would recommend! Plenty of spots along the long road. It’s mid-October so most campgrounds are closed for the season and most of Kings Canyon is closed but plenty to see still. They are doing controlled fires and a ranger told us they will be doing them in big meadows soon, so...
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camper-862393
4 reviews
Sep 23, 2023

"Peaceful And Beautiful "

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Great spot for dispersed camping. Plenty of spots for big rigs. Paved road. Easy access to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Lots of forest roads to explore. Pit toilets at picnic area close to road entrance. Road gets a little busier on weekends but nothing crazy. We stayed a week and would definitely camp here again.

Roetta32
3 reviews
Sep 16, 2023

"Convenient and nice enough to go back"

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Good location and easy to access. Plenty of spots to stay. No cell service at all unless you sit by the dumpsters. Do not expect service beyond that point.

Bargesser
25 reviews