Spacious sites and very quiet. Rangers are strict about making sure food is placed in bear boxes. The bear boxes are large. Restrooms were clean and it was about a 15 drive into Lodgepole for showers and laundry. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Ideal for those who want to get into the heart of the NP, and close to all the trails, without the crowds. It DOES have a free shuttle service to Lodgepole, despite what the NP website says. Beautiful setting; a black bear strolled past in a nearby meadow whilst there. Fire pits made for a perfect evening beer setting. For those staying for the nature - stay here instead of Lodgepole. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a lovely campsite. Each space is large and private, surrounded by trees and with its own campfire area. It is all that could be hoped for in a National Parks campsite. The websites that we found said there was no shuttle bus to the main area of the sequoia trees: Lodgepole. This is not true. There is a very comfortable shuttle that runs every half hour and is free. In our opinion this makes Dorst Creek more attractive than the considerably more popular Lodgepole in that it is a more beautiful site and with the shuttle equally accessible. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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This was our first time at Dorst Creek. It's a great campground with a lot of space between sites. The sites are no-kidding, the size they say, so don't reserve a 20' site thinking you'll fit a 20' trailer and your truck. We didn't see them, but there were bears in the campground both nights we stayed here. We also saw a lot of deer. It was relaxing and a cool escape from the Valley heat and we would definitely return. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
I had stayed at Lodgepole before, and somehow never heard of Dorst Creek. Several months before Labor day we decided to try a go to Sequoia. Lodgepole was booked, but Dorst had plenty of room. I reserved site 15. Backed up to Dorst Creek and a meadow. Probably 50' between sites on each side of us and they were parallel pull-throughs. This was SO much better then Lodgepole which seems like you are on top of each other! Down side is there is no showers, however there is a dump station and water spigots. With the blue tote and water cans, in an RV it was no problem! Beautiful campground and probably the best site there! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a campground within the Sequoia National Park. As is typical for National Parks,
there are no hookups available. But it is worth it to dry camp here because it is absolutely beautiful! The rangers were very nice and helpful. Make sure you include the total length of your combined vehicles (eg. both trailer and tow vehicle) before reserving a site. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The park is great with lots of great hikes. The campground has large boulders lining the narrow roads and sites. We have a 26' trailer and were not able to make the turn into our site row. By backing down another road we were able to make the attempt into the site. It took quite a bit of jockeying to get in to the site. The campground was designed in the days of 16' trailers pulled by cars. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We arrived in early April to the whole area covered in snow, so none of the sites had been cleared, we had to park our RV in the car park, but as we were the only ones there we could get close to the restrooms as we wanted. The restrooms in the evening weren't very clean, but by the morning they had been cleaned. A very scenic area, I would think even more beautiful in the summer. The staff in the shop were very friendly, not much food, but plenty of snacks (biscuits, crisps and sweets). I would avoid taking an RV up, we were in a 25", too big. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful scenic park in our National Parks System. Lot's of hiking trails with a few paved. Great shuttle system to Moro Rock, Crystal Meadow, Sherman Tree (including handicap access), Museum, Dorst and Wusachi. They run about every 15 minutes and offer easy transit around. Market, laundry, visitor center and showers (10 minutes for $3. Not used by me, but by friends who reported it nice and clean) all within easy walk or bike ride. Many easy hikes right from campground, but lot's of snow on ground still (and 2" more when we left on June 6th!) making hiking boots a good measure, necessity depending on trail. Sites are nice and fairly level, although do follow site length restrictions as some are very short. There only seemed to be one camp host and generator run times were not followed by all (the reason I gave it a 9), but since the park was only 50% full at the most it was a moot point. Lot's of wildlife (even in the camp) and an overall amazing place to visit. There is also absolutely no cell reception within 20 miles of the camp too. We will be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed along the edge of the big parking lot near the river, not in a formal site. Many sections of the campground were closed. The dump station was open but no water to flush the hose. We had to get water from the spigot on the outside of the restroom building. Campsites are pretty lumpy and sloped, and a little close together. Within walking distance of the visitor center, market, post office, etc. A good spot from which to explore the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was an amazing campsite. We pre-booked the first night and then spoke the the ranger at 9 am the following morning for a site for that night. We were given another site but still at Lodgepole Campground. This area is beautiful as you are amongst the trees and we had deer come right up to our RV when sat out in the evening. Here we stayed at No 22 and No 175. No 22 was closer to amenities but No 175 was close to the Tokopah Falls and this is where we had the deer near us. I would recommend this campground to anyone!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
In the middle of the park. Very quiet. Beautiful natural surrounding. Shuttle available to Sherman Tree, which is a few miles up south. For big rigs not accessible from the south due to steep and narrow winding road (#198), but only accessible for rigs bigger than 24 feet from the #120. When heading for Bakersfield, go back north and then drive to Bakersfield. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice park, the views and activities just about out weigh the negatives. We were all in awe of the giant sequoias. Nice visitors centers and stores, a little higher price, but they are in a National Park. There is a gas station at Stoney Point about 13 miles away. If you have a RV or trailer that is 30 feet or longer it will be difficult to manage the campground itself. There are curbs throughout the Lodgepole campground itself. It is easy to see people have had trouble based on how torn up the curbs are. Once we got backed in everything was fine, I was a little bothered by all the campfires, the smoke just lingers in the campground if there is no breeze. To me this is more of a pop-up trailer or tent campground, but it is the only site I could get in the park and I reserved over 3 months in advance. One last little thing, since there are no hook ups I would like to see the shower facilities open earlier than 8:00 a.m. There was such a back up to get into the showers the wait was up to 8 people. Then the showers closed at 8:00 p.m. And to make it better when I went into the restrooms at the visitors centers, men were using the sinks in the bathrooms to bathe, it was pretty disgusting. I just smelled like campfire for a day or two. But again the magnificence of this park out weighs the bathroom problems. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground is not necessarily motorhome friendly, as there are no hookups and the parking space is just that; the picnic table, fire ring and food storage "bear box" were about 20' behind the RV down a little slope. Don't expect cell phone service. Campground road is narrow, our 28' old-style Airstream Argosy and the numerous rental Class Cs could handle it, but bigger rigs beware (also, do not make the mistake of going into the end of the campground where the tent campers are, as that road is very tight). That said, it's a picturesque place to camp, and the amenities (showers, store, visitor's center, fantastic new park shuttle to the tourist highlights) are all within five minute walk. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What can I say, Sequoia is my favorite place on earth! Our site was about 75 feet from the river with partial shade. The site was rocky away from the parking area. We didn't see any bears but did hear one being chased from the other end of the campground. There is a restaurant and store a short walk from our site. We didn't eat at the restaurant so I can't comment on the food. Even in the middle of summer it wasn't that crowded. I will be back. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
What can I say? The trees were wonderful and the scenery is the best. I would take this campground over any private parking lot, even though it had no hookups. You can see most of the sights including Giant Forest and the General Sherman Tree. RV and bus parking is available at these sights. The kids loved all of it, and the drive up. Make sure, if you are in a vehicle or trailer longer than 22 feet, that you use the Hwy 180 route. That is the North Entrance of the combined Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. Lodgepole had fresh water to fill up your tank and a dump station. Stayed here in a 30' rig. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you have a rig that is 25plus feet don't go to this campground. Also if you go be sure to takes lots of leveling equipment. Our site was a pull thru paved but we have to jack the trailer up on one side about eight inches! We watched class c come into back up sites and could not get level. Fifth wheels were hitting the trees as they came through the campground. Otherwise the campground was very nice and clean. We did enjoy our stay there though. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a beautiful campground set amid oaks, California buckeyes, manzanitas and other lovely trees and shrubs. Our site, #22, was a back-in site which was large, spacious, fairly level and nestled in its own little grove of oaks. There are flush toilets and running water in the campground, but no showers. The dump station is across the road where there is also a potable water source for filling your fresh water tanks. Use of the bear storage boxes is strictly enforced. This campground makes a great base for exploring Sequoia National Park. Our fee reflects the fact that we have a Golden Age Pass. The regular nightly fee is $18. I would not recommend this campground to anyone with a big rig due to the narrow winding roads both in the campground itself and into the park from Three Rivers, but for anyone in a smaller rig or tent camping, it's a gem! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is the type of camp ground you would expect for a national park. Potwisha is the only campground RV accessible on the south end of the park. Reservations are not available and this camp ground is quite popular in the summer. In the winter you get your pick of the sites and it makes a good place to setup camp out of the snow if you want to visit the Wolverton snow play area which is about 30-45 minutes up the mountain from here. There are 2 dump and fill stations directly across the highway from this camp ground. There are 8 pull through sites available at this location however leveling is a challenge. There is a river within walking distance that’s nice for a swim in the hot summer months. Also a few hiking trails to a swinging bridge (haven’t been there) and hospital rock (high altitude long hike). There is an amphitheater with ranger programs during peak season. This is also an active bear area bear boxes at every camp site and in a previous tent camping experience here I did have to run a bear away from our car. The national park service does employee a bear patrol who has tagged the bears with locations. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had site #24, a paved back-in with no utilities but more level than many in the CG, we had shade on the rear of the RV but didn't need it because it was cold and rainy our entire stay. Noisy on the weekend. We only have a 30 ft class A but we were the largest thing in the CG and it really is not designed or maintained for full-size motorhomes. The roads were narrow and we encountered many low hanging tree branches and encroaching bushes. This was an active bear area while we were there and several vehicles were damaged by bears looking for food. Our tow car window was broken even though we had no food, toiletries or trash in the car. Bummer for us but most likely much worse for the bear in the long run. Easy drive to the Giant Forest from this campground and we got through to the Grant Grove area one day when chains were not required. Nightly rate reflects the Interagency Senior Pass discount. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A very nice low elevation campground thats best in the Spring and Fall. Temps get well over 100 degrees in the summer. A foothill area with wild flowers and Oak Trees everywhere. It has flush toilets and a dump station, but no other amenities. It has some great hiking trails and wildlife is abundant. Located between Three Rivers and Sequoia National Park you have a few mile drive to the grocery store if you forget anything. An easy drive up Hwy 198 East of Visalia and is my favorite cool weather campground. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.