When you imagine a forest full of huge, beautiful trees, your imagination probably still cannot comprehend the greatness that is King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Park. If you have ever wanted to feel really small among giants, head over to these beautiful parks and immediately get captivated by it all. Of all the parks we have visited so far, this may be my favorite. King’s Canyon Sequoia National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days and year. You pay one price ($30 per vehicle) to enter both national parks.
About King’s Canyon
King’s Canyon National Park is made up of two distinct areas, the General Grant Grove and the Canyon. General Grant Grove contains the second largest tree in the world among other giant sequoias. The Canyon is formed by the south and middle fork of the King’s River. It’s one of the deepest in canyons in the United States.
Sequoia National Park is just south of King’s Canyon National Park. This park, known for it’s giant sequoias, contains the world’s largest tree- the General Sherman. It’s a breathtaking forest guaranteed to make you feel tiny.
Where to stay
Sequoia RV Ranch is just 8 miles from the south entrance of Sequoia National Park. Not only is it conveniently located, but it is right on the river. Many of the sites back up to the river and provide ambient background noise to your camping adventure. The large trees provide shade throughout the park. Unlike many sites, Sequoia RV Ranch has free wifi throughout the park.
What to do
You can spend days exploring and still not see everything in King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. It seems like something out of a fairy tale.
Hike through one of the many sequoia groves throughout the parks. If you are short on time, check out the two most popular groves.
The Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park contains more large sequoias than any other grove, including the largest living single stem tree, the General Sherman Tree. Enjoy beautiful views, short or long hikes, and more in this forest.
Grant Grove is in King’s Canyon National Park and just a short detour off Highway 180. You will find many giant sequoias, including the second largest tree, the General Grant tree. Enjoy a variety of trails at this grove too.
Although there are many places to climb in King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, Moro Rock is a popular hiking climb. Take the 350 concrete and stone steps to the top and revel in breathtaking views of Sequoia’s peaks, forests’ canopy and valleys. The hike is steep, but there are handrails along the way to help you along. Although you will have great views from various points on the hike, the view from the top is spectacular and well worth the climb.
Drive the General’s Highway from the King’s Canyon Visitor Center in Grant Grove Village all the way through Sequoia to the south entrance. The highway is narrow and not recommended for vehicles longer than 22 feet. From the highway, stop at various scenic detours and pullouts for gorgeous views. Here you will find the tunnel log that you can drive your car through.
King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Park provide an endless amount of beauty for photos. Whether you hike to the top of Moro Rock, get out at viewpoints, or just walk around aimlessly, you will have plenty of great shots.
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