Potwisha Campground, located along the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park, offers convenience for visiting the many attractions in the park. The campground is situated along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River, just four miles from the park entrance, in the Sierra Foothills. For more information and trip planning please see our website at www.nps.gov/seki.
There are numerous opportunities for fishing and hiking near the campground. The Marble Falls trailhead is situated adjacent to the campground and several other trails are a short drive away. Access to the Kaweah River is just a short walk across the street from the campground.
Potwisha Campground offers 36 reservable campsites. Picnic tables, fire rings and food storage lockers are provided at each site. Flush toilets, drinking water and an amphitheater are available within the campground. A free dump station, open year-round, is located across the highway from the campground.
The Foothills consist of the lower elevations of Sequoia National Park, where the grassy valley floor gives way to granite peaks. Oaks, chaparral, and river canyons are plentiful here in an area with more biological diversity than the conifer forests and High Sierra combined. Winters are relatively snow-free and mild; summer is characterized by hot and dry weather. Wildlife is frequently seen in the area, including the American Black Bear, mule deer, and bobcats, as well as numerous bird species.
Potwisha Campground is located within a 45 minute drive from the Giant Forest, home to the largest trees on Earth. Moro Rock, Crescent Meadow and the Congress Trail are also located in the Giant Forest area, as well as numerous other opportunities for exploration in Sequoia National Park.
The Crystal Caves are about an hour's drive (18 miles/29 km) from the campground. Reserve tour tickets in advance on Recreation.gov.
Charges & Cancellations
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Additional fees will apply for late cancellations. All cancellations made between midnight on the day before arrival and check out time on the day after arrival are considered late cancellations and will incur a $10.00 cancellation fee and will also forfeit the first night’s use fee. Cancellations for a single night’s reservation will forfeit the entire use fee but no cancellation fee will apply. ADA Access: N
There was nothing really wrong with the campground, and it's fine for a night stay or two but I can't see spending a ton of time here.
I managed to grab site 9 and I guess I just got lucky. The campground was packed and people were rolling in fast.
Lots of BIG campers and a fair number of tent campers.
Even with a packed campground the site I had was quiet. Must have been because it was up on a hill.
Sites have picnic tables, fire rings and bear boxes.
Running water, flush toilets and water to refill your bottles or what have you.
There is a river that is easy enough to walk to. I didn't have time to fish but it did look pretty promising. There is a site you basically have to walk through to get to the river. Nice large site.
The deer are all over and not easily spooked.
Medium sized campground that has smaller, tight sites. Located directly off the main access road to Sequoia National Park, making it very loud and popular. RV’s and big campers with lights and generators. Fine if your passing through or can’t find other accommodations, but I wouldn’t spend significant time there. There is a swimming hole with ancient petroglyphs and acorn grinding holes right across the street.
I stayed here at the Potwisha camp area for three days on a trip to view the area. The campgrounds were clean, close to the entrance, and quite full. The fee for overnight stay was normal and everything needed was close to each individual location. The staff here were spirited and helpful throughout my stay; I would definitely come back anytime!
It was a great campground but I have been ruined by free campgrounds so when I do have to pay I am disappointed if there aren't showers. Also it was a little far away from the main section of the park (where we wanted to be) but it was the only campground available.
That being said, the campground was pretty sweet. We backed out truck in and slept in the bed, but there are plenty of rv and tent sites around. We stayed at site 12 for two nights and on our last morning we woke up to see a bobcat snoozing in the sun. We also lucked out and came across a mama bear and two cubs near Moro Rock which was incredible!!!
Next time I would try to reserve a campground up higher, but I wouldn't think twice about staying here again if they were full.
Honestly, this was all just incredible. The campground itself was awesome. Far away from neighbors to feel privacy and great hikes in every direction that go up in the mountains. A lot of mule deer very close by as well. Beautiful rivers and waterfalls to be seen and the wildlife is so vibrant.