Fun story - we spent the entire prep for this trip thinking we had booked a campground at Sequoia Nat parks Lodgepole campgrounds - which has its own market and visitors center, with shuttles and lots of great, well known hikes around it. We soon found that it was not the case, and after about an hour of runaround trying to figure out what our campsite was (without WiFi) we finally discovered our camp was about 5 miles down Generals highway in the National Forrest. We pulled up to our much more remote campsite only temporarily bummed, because our camp host came over as soon as we got there and she was SO KIND and very informative. She asked about our trip and shared some hidden gems about this campground - like no bear sightings all summer 👍🏻 and the PERFECT little stream with pooling water just next door! it’s was soooo magical and refreshing. The campground itself was small, which I loved (less noise from other campers) and the bathrooms were convenient without being too close (basically glorified portas). We had plenty of space for our two tents and the water was close. Also, our camp host had firewood right there for us to purchase. I would recommend this site over some of the major sites any day! It was so nice to have a quiet place to come back to after a long hike without any lines or inconveniences.
We tent camped here. It is beautiful! Spots are very private. Lots of trees for shade, close to the creek, short walk to the village where there is a store, restaurant, gift shop, showers. Also: lots of wildlife! There are bear boxes in every campsite use them! We saw multiple animals everyday. Nightly campground visitors are deer and sometImes bear in the summer. There is a great ranger program in the village for kids! The hike to the waterfall is easy for kids and the trailhead is in the campground. Campground is a short drive to many other trailheads in the park.
Sequoias are always my favorite and this time the first of many campgrounds. Stony Creek is super easy to get to and right up the street from Stony Creek Village where there are showers and a little market/ gift shop and restaurant and gas. Very convenient. The campground itself only offers the bathrooms. Our site was right next to a wall of boulders that you could climb out onto and see the stars and when we were having breakfast a group of deer came to see what we were doing and we're obviously regulars. The campground is also about a half mile hike from the big falls and with some effort just follow the creek until it turns into the falls. There's no actual trail so you have to make your own route but so worth it. Lodgepole is of course the hotspot of the Sequoias but this site is just as good. I'd camp there again without hesitation.
We stayed at Upper Stoney Creek for 2 nights. We were very pleased with the help the host provided us when we needed a camping spot last minute. Many camp grounds were overbooked and we were at a loss. We were able to tuck our tent back by some shaded trees and directly behind our site was Stoney Creek. There were lots of areas to swim and wade which was helpful with the warm weather. It was comviently located to the main road for trail access. It was also less than 1 mile from a small station with amentities such as gas, ice, food, drinks, ATM, and bathrooms. There are no shower facilities and upper Stoney Creek but there were composting bathrooms that were kept fairly clean.
About 45 minutes drive into Sequoia National Forest, you find yourself at this spacious campsite…and yes, no cell phone service! You're surrounded by forest so there's bear lockers and you'll need some bug spray. The mosquitos like it out there. It's not too bad though. There's running water there. Well kept and the Rangers have a little classroom area where they have Bear Safety talks, trail info, lessons, all for free! The bathrooms were fine.