I've camped here many times and every single time it's a great experience. There are clean restrooms, the campsites are good, and the bear boxes are large. It's only a short walk to the river and a slightly longer walk to the ranger's station and then to the lodge where there is a general store and even a place to get a burger, hot dog, or slice of pizza. Always see a lot of bears up here so be smart.
Sheep Creek Campground is close to the river and a tributary of it runs very close to the North End. It is about half a mile from the General Store and ranger station.
Flush toilets and water spigots are spread throughout the campsites.
Fire rings with a grill on top, and a picnic table are included in each site.
Wonderful campgrounds! So much to do and see! Beautiful!
There are a lot of camping options in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, especially if you are willing to be a little further away from the big trees. This campground is in Kings Canyon, about an hour away from Grant Grove. There are about a 100 campsites with tents, campers, and RVs mixed in. Sites are first come-first served (no reservations but you need to go to the reservation hut to get a site), but fill up fast in the summer. When you go to the campground reservation hut, you will be assigned a site and the rangers may or may not remember where the RV’s are. I lucked out and my ranger was really good at getting me a site on a loop with no RV’s. With no hook ups or dump station, expect some generator noise during the day and evening. I got the usual standard speech about using the bear lockers for all foods and scented items, but also got one about water conservation. Apparently in the summer if the water levels drop too much they will close the showers and laundry at nearby Cedar Grove Village. I liked the nice trees that provide lots of shade, but you may not end up with enough properly spaced trees to hang your hammock (I did not). There is no real underbrush to provide any privacy, but at least the sites were not on top of each other. There are clean flush toilets here, but if you need to shower you will need to head into Cedar Grove Village, just down the road (there is also a small market that has pretty much everything you might need). There are several trailheads nearby with great hikes, including Roads End with the backcountry ranger station at the busy trailhead.
Great campground with nice and spacious sites and several trails accessible directly from the campground.
Site number 25 was a real winner. Set back from the road and very large is was great. Also close to the bathrooms without being too close…if you know what I mean.
The creek is also nice to have real close and a great place to spend an afternoon or a full day.
We also enjoyed driving down (east) to the end of the road and hiking Kanawyers Trail (aka Cedar Grove Sand Flats) to the Paradise Valley Trail (aka Mist Falls). See the photos below to see what a great view you get after gaining some elevation on this trail. We did see some very fresh bear scat and heard rumors of other hikers (of which there were many) actually seeing the bear. We did see two rattlesnakes cuddled up right along the trail.
All the campgrounds in the Cedar Grove Village are also close to the Cedar Grove Lodge which is a decent place to pick up food, ice, or other needs.
Family tradition every year or twice a year if possible. The restrooms are kept clean and they always have toilet paper. The park rangers are really nice and we will continue to go. We prefer to camp by the river because the campsites are bigger and we get to hear the river all day long.