Sequoia National Park RV Camping at Its Best: 5 Spots You Must Check Out

Known for its giant sequoia trees, Sequoia National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada, just east of Visalia, California. It is home to the famous General Sherman Tree, a giant sequoia tree, which is the largest known tree on Earth by volume. If you’re thinking of taking a trip and are looking for Sequoia National Park RV Camping sites, here are the five best spots to camp.

Sequoia National Park was established in 1890 and is made up of 631 square miles of forested area. There are plenty of beautiful trails to hike on and outdoor activities to take part in when visiting. Sequoia National Park also neighbors Kings Canyon National Park. Many people make it a point to visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in one trip.

1.   Lodgepole Campground

Lodgepole Campground is a favorite among many visitors to Sequoia National Park because it is one of the larger sites for RV camping and has a great location. You can find this spot just two miles from the Giant Forest sequoia grove and about 20 miles from the park entrance. It is set along a portion of the scenic Kaweah River and behind the Lodgepole Village Visitors Center.

The visitor center has a store and a shuttle stop where you can catch a ride to park sites and trailheads. There are flushable toilets, a dump station, and a water station on-site, as well as a payphone.

With more than 200 RV and tent sites, Lodgepole can accommodate RVs that are up to 42 feet long. While there are sites on both sides of the Kaweah River, some of the most scenic areas are farthest away from the visitor center.

Campsites on the south side of the river are known to be quieter. There is plenty of shade here from large pine trees, and you feel as though you are in the middle of the forest. The north side sites are more open and have little shade. It depends on which feel you’re going for when you’re on your Sequoia National Park RV camping trip. It will also depend on which sites are open when you book.

2.   Dorst Creek Campground

When you want to visit Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, Dorst Creek Campground is the perfect location. It’s located about 10 miles before you hit the Giant Forest area and is the first campground you hit when you enter Kings Canyon National Park.

There are 281 campsites here, which makes it one of the larger RV sites. There are sites for RVs and trailers of almost any size. Flushable toilets are on-site and a payphone and access to a free Sequoia shuttle that will bring you to Giant Forest, making a stop at Dorst Creek Campgrounds.

Since this campground has an elevation of 6,800 feet, it does get cold at night. Be sure to dress appropriately and perhaps bring plenty of warm clothing with you.

3.   Buckeye Flat Campground

If you’re looking for a smaller RV park and campground when visiting Sequoia National Park, Buckeye Flat Campground is a fantastic choice. With just 28 private, tent-only sites, you can really get in touch with nature during your visit here.

Buckeye Flat is located in the southern section of Sequoia National Park. To put this in perspective, it is at least a 30-minute drive from the General Sherman Tree and Moro Rock. You’ll find the campground above a scenic part of the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River. You can hear the rushing water during your stay, which many people find relaxing. If you want to explore, you can take a trip to the Giant Forest Museum, which is about a 40-minute drive.

There are flushable toilets on site. If you’re looking for a payphone, you’ll have to go about a mile to the Hospital Rock Picnic Area.

Since the elevation of this campground is just about 2,800 feet, expect hot summer temperatures with pleasant spring and fall climates.

4. Potwisha Campground

You’ll find Potwisha Campground about four miles away from the Sequoia National Park entrance. This is one of the many reasons why it’s a favorite spot for a Sequoia National Park RV Camping trip. It’s located in the south Sierra Foothills, which isn’t too far from the Foothills Visitor Center.

One of the main things that visitors point out about this RV park is that it is very open and dotted with oak trees. The Middle Fork of the Kaweah River runs alongside the campground making for a scenic and relaxing vacation.

Potwisha Campground is open year-round and is the lowest campground at 2,100 feet elevation, making it the hottest. There are 42 sites for tents and RVs. There are flushable toilets on-site, a dump station, and a payphone. Plan ahead and you can reserve your spot up to six months in advance.

5. Stony Creek Campground

Stony Creek Campground is another solid choice when you’re planning a Sequoia National Park RV camping trip. You’ll find this RV site just beyond the southern edge of Kings Canyon National Park, which makes it a favorite when you want to visit Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon.

The campground is about a 25-minute drive to Grant Grove Village and Lodgepole Village. The campground has an elevation of 5,250 feet and has 50 reservable sites that are best suited for small RVs and tents. There is plenty of shade and a river that runs alongside the campground.

Stony Creek Campground has showers and flushable toilets and picnic tables, fire pits, and food storage lockers. Grocery supplies, a restaurant, and a public phone are located about a ½ mile away at the Stony Creek Resort. Reservations for this site can be made six months in advance of your stay.

Make Memories Sequoia National Park RV Camping

When you’re planning a visit to any of these RV sites, it’s essential to keep any food stored properly because there are bears nearby. Campsites have food storage lockers that are bear-resistant as long as they are closed properly.

Any of these sites can provide a scenic backdrop for a memorable trip where you can enjoy nature and many outdoor activities. Be sure to plan enough time so you can visit both Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park for a trip to remember.

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