Princess Campground sits next to a large meadow at an elevation of 5,900 feet in the Indian Basin Grove. The campsite is just 3 miles northwest of Hume Lake.
The 87-acre lake was built to support a one-time commercial logging operation, and is part of the Kings River Watershed, a region of the Sierra Nevada mountains replete with vast stands of timber. The lake now provides countless recreational opportunities for visitors.
The Indian Basin Grove Interpretive Trail offers an accessible, paved half-mile loop, and an additional half-mile extension loop through the grove and meadow area. The trailhead is right outside the camp entrance.
At nearby Hume Lake, visitors can enjoy fishing, non-motorized boating, hiking, mountain biking and off-road exploring.
For hikers of all levels, the 2.6-mile Hume Lake Loop at the lake and features interpretive signs and benches.
This 88-site park consists of several loops, among them 19 tent-only sites. An amphitheater makes for a convivial gathering place. Some sites have views of Hume Lake. Others have a view of the adjacent meadow. Sites are shaded, parking stands are dirt and gravel.
This facility is operated by Sequoia Recreation, a division of California Land Management and comments are welcome; comment forms are available from campground hosts or online.
The Sequoia National Forest, located at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada in central California, takes its name from the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, which grows in more than 30 groves on the Forest's lower slopes.
The Forest comprises about 1.1 million acres, and elevations range from about 1,000 to 12,000 feet, creating precipitous canyons and mountain streams with spectacular waterfalls such as Salmon Creek Falls and Grizzly Falls.
The campground provides a great base for day trips to Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Boyden Caverns and General Grant Grove.
The Giant Sequoia Mercantile offers a wide variety of books, maps, gifts, local art, camping supplies and other merchandise.
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We stayed over here one night on our way through to Hume Lake during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Our site (#75) was not very wide but backed onto a lovely patch of woodland that had deer and other critters passing through it.
We stayed over on a Wednesday night, and on Thursday morning they emptied the septic tanks for the pit toilets in our loop and the smell was a bummer during our breakfast. However, a very kind ranger visited that morning to update the site signs and made a point of apologizing to each group for the smell, which was nice.
The highlight of our visit to Princess was that after we camped at Hume Lake, we were able to stop back by on our way home and use the RV sewer cleanout and water fill-up station for free! It is usually $10 but for this weekend (maybe longer?) it was comped, which was awesome.
While I did not camp here, I did drive through and checked out the sites.
I was looking to get a bit further on my driving or I would have happily set up camp.
I even picked out the site I would have set up camp. 26, huge stump of a tree, bear boxes, fire rings, picnic tables, water on site, flush toilets. Nice sites for sure.
Some sites are right on top of each other and others are a bit more spread apart. Drive around and check them all out.
In Mid Sept there were only a handful of campers and the majority were in campers just a few tent campers.
Great camping near lots of stuff! The sites were clean and relatively roomy.
We were planning on driving through the Great Sequoia National Park and camping at one of the campgrounds. We figured since it was the middle of the week they wouldn’t be packed full. However neither of us realized how much the park catered to tourists. All the open campgrounds were full and the rest were closed probably because it was still a little early in the season. We were starting to think we’d be driving all night to get out and find a place but then we crossed over into the National Forest and saw the Princess Campground. It was pretty late and there were no self service envelopes for payment so we found an open site and in the morning the campground host came around to collect the payment! Really nice sites with a picnic table, fire ring, and metal bear box for food and smellable items. There are vault toilets, trash bins, and clean water available. There are y’all Ben some giant sequoia/sequoia stumps throughout the campground.
Clean, quite, and right below Hume lake. Awesome walking trail right outside of camp through a beautiful meadow.
We spend Memorial Day weekend at this nice campground at Morning Star site 26. Beautiful situated next to a little water flow and a big stump the kids played on. Space between the sites, but no low brush, so neighbors can be seen. Camp hosts were wonderful and very helpful as road conditions worsened and we had to figure out if we could get out as planned. Restrooms were extremely clean, and well maintained.
This campground sits in Sequoia National Forest and is not too far from Hume Lake (also in the Forest). There are three loops with reservable sites, and there are about 20 tent only sites. The campground is nicely shaded, but not all sites have trees suitable for hammocking (some trees are just too big!). Sites are not on top of each other, so there is a bit of privacy, but you can see your neighbors so no streaking! The vault toilets are clean and well maintained, and you can either gather downed wood (seemed like there was a lot to pick from) or buy firewood from the camp hosts (don’t bring in outside wood, they have invasive bugs!!). I really like the location as the campground sits next to a beautiful meadow, Indian Basin, with a really nice paved interpretive trail and a nice spur trail (unpaved). In the evenings the deer come out to graze in the meadow, and the camp host said that bears also come to the meadow frequently. This means it is really important to use the bear lockers at each campsite- don’t store anything in your car! There are a lot of humongous stumps from when this area was logged for the giant sequoia trees. There are still a few sequoias in and around the campground. There is also a little stream that flows through part of the campground, across the hiking trail and, into the meadow but it didn’t seem to attract many bugs/mosquitos, at least not in early June.
Campsites are well spaced, good pit toilets, with great camp hosts. From this base, there are a number of good hikes a short drive away.
This is a fantastic, all-purpose campground with three large loops set in an old sequoia grove (sadly logged of all old growth from 1901-1908). There are nearly 100 sites in total, most suited for RVs & trailers, all for tents. There are sequoia stumps are spread throughout the entire campground and adjacent meadow. The facility is well maintained and monitored by camp hosts, who are all very friendly. There is also a lovely paved trail near the adjacent meadow and sequoia grove. This is an ideal location just outside Kings Canyon National Park, located between Grant Grove and Kings Canyon itself. Nearby Hume Lake offers more recreation including fishing, boating, hiking and more.
Probably could have secured a first-come-first-served site within Sequoia NP, but rather have the comfort knowing our site was waiting for us after a 6 hour drive up to Sequoia National Forrest. The campground hosts were busy when we arrived, but made their way over to our site to check us in after we were set up. After that, we saw the hosts make several trips around the campground each day, keeping an watchful eye on all campers. Clean restrooms! (pit toilets) Clean fire ring upon arrival Site Size - small, comfortably fit 3-person tent, but would not have been able to fit a second of the same size (maybe two 2-person backpacking tents would work) Density - not much privacy in the sites to the inside of each loop, the outer sites appeared to have more privacy. Great location for a day trip to Kings Canyon NP and then a second day trip to the northern sites of Sequoia NP.