20 Parks near Kings Canyon National Park, California
Jul 2013 - $18.00
We camped here over the 4th of July weekend in a tent. The campground is about 35 miles away from General Sherman Tree and the rest of the main attractions of Sequoia NP and about the same distance to Kings Canyon attractions. It's about an hour to drive those 30ish miles. General Grant Tree and trails are in the immediate vicinity. Pay showers ($1.00 for 3 minutes) are a couple minutes away at Grant Grove. The showers ran out of hot water quickly. The bathrooms at Azalea have no hot water or hand soap and while they were cleaned there was always toilet paper all over the floors, but it was a very busy weekend. We were in site 58 which is wonderful! It's very large, towards the back of the campground (which means very far from the bathroom which is a downside). It's shaded and quiet. Every site has a large bear proof storage box, a picnic table and a fire ring. All sites cost $18 per night and can be paid by cash, check or credit card by completing an envelope and dropping it in the drop box. The rangers seemed very lax, people were leaving food and all kinds of stuff out and nothing was done. It actually made us feel paranoid for faithfully locking everything up in the bear boxes. When we left our site for the day the only thing in sight was the tent, but we felt like we were the only ones following the bear safety rules. We will stay here again without a doubt. Except for on the holiday, it was pretty quiet with lots of sites available. Love not having to fight the crowds like at Yosemite. - Mjoseph320
May 2013 - $18.00
We camped several nights here while seeing Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP. We wanted to be on the North side of the two parks and were very happy here. Downsides were limited selection of sites for our 40' fifth wheel and most sites are not level in either direction. That being said, we loved being in the park and were happy to dry camp in order to do so. This was the only one of three NPS campgrounds that were open when we were there since it was early season. - Dareyou2move
Jul 2010 - $18.00
Tent camped here for 1 night. Beautiful campground with easy 5 minute walk to the market, restaurant, etc., at Grant Grove Village and 15 minute walk down to the Grant Grove of sequoia. Clean restrooms with cold water only and no showers. I think showers are available at the village but we did not investigate. Near the Big Stump entrance to Kings Canyon NP. We would camp here again. - User1443
May 2011 - $18.00
Right by the river. Very shady and quiet. Terrific place to relax. Well located for hiking in the canyon. Now for the minor downsides: there is a meadow in the middle -- probably buggy in summer, but not in early spring or autumn. Long drive on a twisty highway to get down to campground from San Joaquin Valley, but road is not too steep or too narrow. Campground is not big-rig friendly. Interior roads are very bumpy and narrow. Pads are not level. A few low-hanging branches here and there. Bathrooms are clean but very basic -- no showers. - Prof Dan
Sep 2008 - $18.00
I stayed on labor day and got the last large site. I showed up 2 days early (first come first serve). The big sites are up front, and there aren't many of them. I made the mistake of following the signs to drive all the way around in a circle to get to them. The road gets tight for a large R. I was stressing a little because some of the trees are very close to the road. I'd just back right into one of the sites up front if you have a big trailer and you're staying here. Don't drive the circle; you wont fit in any of the more scenic sights. Beware of huge falling pine cones; a neighbor got a dent in his truck. As with all the other grounds in this park there are no hook ups, but some sites have water spigots. Bring a long hose if you're staying a few days and make friends with your neighbors if you need to use their spigot. The rangers are very friendly, and the sites up front are walking distance to the amphitheater which had a program every night. The next camp is Azalea and you can actually walk over to it. They have quite a few more large sites for larger RV's. There is no dump site near these ground; we hauled ours home. The restrooms were what you would expect from a state park, not exactly clean, and there are no showers. - redwake
Jun 2008 - $18.00
Nice campground. Very close to many trail heads and the amphitheater, which holds nightly lectures during the summer. Short walk to the visitor center, gift shop and market. The park was on a high bear alert but we didn't see any. There is a lot of other wildlife to see though. - MS.K
Apr 2013 - $25.00
Used to really love this place, until they took the dump station out. Now its kind of a drag to RV. Other than that it is o.k. Here for more than a weekend, - Kampzite
May 2009 - $17.00
Was a little dusty in the group area. Most sites were not too level. Over all it was a good stay because of the holiday weekend. First come first served. - Spantz
Aug 2007 - $17.00
I liked this park very much. Restrooms were nice, but did get a bit smelly after the weekend. I will be here again.. - Spantz
Jun 2007 - $17.00
Princess Campground is located in Sequoia National Forest and is operated by California Land Management. The campground was very clean and quiet. The caretakers were amazing! They helped me fix several problems I was having with my trailer; loaning me a gas hose and giving me a couple of fuses. We stayed here in late June and the campground was only half full. There are no showers and the restrooms are pit-type toilets, but they didn't smell bad at all; they are new and were very clean. There is a dump station available at the campground with a minimal fee. The only drawback to this campground is the Bear box rule. You must store all food, coolers, etc out of sight and smell in the bear boxes, which are not available at every campsite, or in your vehicle. That said, there have not been any bear sightings at this campground in over two years. The campground is located at about 6000' above sea level, so the temperatures were very pleasant in the upper seventies. It's only a ten minute drive to Hume Lake, so if you can’t get a spot there, this campground is a very good alternative. We will definitely return! - JoshH
Jul 2015 - $24.00
Hume Lake campground is a nice place for a weekend get away or a place to visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon. This campground has no hook-ups was primarily used by Californians, with some larger groups. The campground has no dumpsite or water fill-up. The campground's location close to the lake provided great hiking and cold swimming. The fishing was a bit more challenging since the state of California is stocking smaller fish. The sites are well spaced out, but the gravel pads and the wooden post make some spots small and a challenge for backing in. Additionally, some pads are not that level, but most are well shaded. The restrooms can be a bit of a hike if you are parked at the far end of the loop. The sites also have bear boxes but no major bear activity had been reported. The elevation helped keep the temperatures nice and cool. The Christian Camp at the end of the lake has a well stocked general store that is open to all. They also have gas (at an up charge) in case of emergency. The campground only provided firewood at a cost. - rockwood tt family
Jun 2013 - $24.00
Awesome. Shady sites, easy walk to lake. We were able to swim in the lake in June; it wasn't too cold. This campsite is not part of the National Park system. It's in the National Forest, but you have to go through the park. This makes for easy access to the park, but there is plenty to do around the site as well. Especially for bikes because you're allowed to ride bikes on trails in a national forest. We will definitely come back. - pandt
Jun 2008 - $18.00
Hume Lake is a great family campground owned by the U.S. Forest Service and run by the California Department of Land Management. The campground is well laid out with spacious camp sites. The restrooms have flush toilets; however, there is only one restroom per loop in the campground, so you may have a bit of a walk to get to the restroom. The entire campground is on a slope, so if the reservation website says that the camp site is unsuitable for tents, it is. Ours was even difficult to level our trailer on. That said, the pluses far outnumber the minuses. Hume lake is great for fishing (it is stocked annually), swimming, and non-power boating. We had deer (I counted 7 together at one time) continually walking by and through our site, and at 5200 feet above sea level, the temperatures are very pleasant in the lower 80’s. It’s a great place to camp, and we’ll definitely return! - JoshH
Aug 2015 - $35.00
First, getting here is an adventure, closer to the nightmare side, CA Rt 245 is a VERY narrow VERY winding back road, luckily we met only one car, but with our 29' class C & toad,we had no major problem getting here or leaving, other than the white knuckles. This campground only has about 6 dirt sites side by side, with no separation, they are all full hookups and fairly level, and while there are some trees, there is very little shade at certain times of day.
The owners are extremely friendly & helpful, while there is no laundry facility, the owner let us use her private machines for free.
This is the closest campground to Sequoia National Park, with full hookups. It is very quiet and peaceful.
There are no picnic tables or fire rings at each site, but there is a sort of "community" area with tables and a grill. All in all, would probably stay here again. - bukhrn
Apr 2015 - $32.00
OMG, once we arrived we loved this park, but getting there was a bit scary. Depending upon the direction you're traveling, you have to travel on a narrow road (CA-245) with very tight curves for the last 10 or 20 miles before reaching the park. We were heading north from Visalia, so had the 20 mile trek up the mountain to the park. When we left the park, we continued north for the 10 mile trek, but the car was driven separately as a lead car to alert the driver of the motor home if another vehicle was approaching. It was a mistake not to unhook the car going up the mountain, but once we had started up we didn't find a spot where we felt safe stopping to unhook the car. Fortunately, there wasn't much traffic on the road the day we went to the park or the day we left the park. Having the lead car was much less stressful and safer than towing. The main entrance gate to the park is 12' tall, but there is another entrance for taller vehicles, which I believe was 20'. The manager of the park was super friendly and offered information about the area at check-in. The park, with an interesting history, is located on 377 acres of Sierra mountain foothill property. There are hiking/biking trails and bicycles are offered for the use of guests. It was a great property for letting our dog run off leash, and we loved the quietness of the park. There are 6 back-in RV sites with 30 amp power, water and sewer, as well as several cottages for rent. There is a shower/restroom facility, but we didn't use it. There is a laundry room, free of charge. Next to the RV sites is a group picnic area with a barbeque and horseshoes. There is a small store that has snacks, drinks and Sequoia Resort t-shirts. For smaller rigs, we would definitely recommend this park, but due to the road leading there, we would NOT recommend this park for what we consider a "big rig." - Guinness
Nov 2014 - $35.00
This was a great little find. The property is extremely large and beautiful. It is comprised of several houses far away from the RV spaces. The park is about 30-45 minutes from the Kings Canyon Visitors center. They have a great little fishing pond where we had some pretty good luck. There was a little shop which provided free WiFi, phone (cell service works but is weak there) and free loaner DVDs. The owners are beyond friendly and helpful. There are cats and toys which kept my child occupied and happy. We were quite delighted and would stay again in a second. Make sure you ask about the creepy but pretty cool history of the park. It made the stay a bit more intriguing. - Ugly SAM
Jul 2012 - $20.00
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. - annamom
Jul 2011 - $20.00
Love this camp ground and the trails are nice. Best part is the bears you might see on the trails. Lots of things to do and see. - Diane Luc
Jul 2011 - $20.00
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. - Sean B.
Oct 2016 - $35.00
First, the sign off the highway says Sequoia Mobile Home Park, so do not look for the RV park name. This is an old mobile home development (only a handful of mobile homes). So, here's the question: What rates as a good RV park for visiting Kings Canyon & Sequoia? This is located on a very accessible road (Hwy 180) before you make a 4,000 foot climb to the park - so very easy to get to comparted to Badger. It offers full hook ups for $35 but no facilities (no check in service, showers, restrooms, picnic tables limited, etc.). It only accepts cash or check. The site hook ups can be a challenge since they are set for mobile homes at the back end of the sites. Can get local TV, plus Verizon cell service. You are 20 miles (up the mountain) to the parks. So, for us this was a perfect two night spot. - MarkD
Oct 2016 - $35.00
The office was closed upon arrival and we had to find site 71 to see the host. The numbering system of this park is bizarre. If you camp here site 71 is to your left about a half block down as you enter. The utilities worked fine, however they are located at the back of the site--This made for a long sewer hose run. The site was fairly level with one shade tree. The host was so nice during our whole stay. This park is an old mobile home park mostly empty that accepts RV's. This park is 30 minutes from General Grant's tree. I hope they can fix this place up and turn it into a jewel that it could be. We camped here in a 40' motorhome. - illini777
Jul 2016 - $35.00
There are no campgrounds with hook ups at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. This campground has good management that is fixing the place up. Full 50amp sites, great WIFI and attentive management. Yes, there are permanents here, but there were no problems at this park.
Right on the highway leading to Kings Canyon.
Give them a try. There is no rain here so the grass is dead, but not a problem.
Sites are huge and there are some shade trees. Unless you want to dry camp to see these parks, this is your place. - Lynne Dollar
Aug 2015 - $11.00
Lodgepole is a good campground for easy walking distance to the shuttle (which runs every 15 minutes in the summer), showers (costs 4 quarters for about 4 minutes), amphitheater for evening campfires, visitor center and store. We got the last reservation available and stayed in #19. The site was level, close to the restroom and in the shade. Sequoia is incredible, but expect there to be lots of people. Generators OK 8-11 AM amd 5-8 PM. - rkh
Jun 2013 - $18.00
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. - tsparky
Apr 2012 - $18.00
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. - SCK