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About Dorst Creek Campground

Dorst Creek Campground is located in the breathtaking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in central California's rugged Sierra Nevada range.

The campground is perched at an elevation of 6,700 ft., on the banks of scenic Dorst Creek. Several meadows surround the campground and a number of small streams flow through the site.

A handful of popular day-hikes begin from or near the campground, including the trail to Lost Grove, a 57-acre grove containing 15 beautiful sequoias.

Recreation

Dorst Creek lies in the Giant Forest region of Sequoia National Park, where forty miles of trails invite visitors to immerse themselves in the majesty of the ancient groves.

Several additional popular hiking and wilderness trailheads are close by, including the Big Trees Trail and the trail to Moro Rock, a granite dome with spectacular views of the Great Western Divide and western half of the park.

Tokopah Falls Trail is an easy walk along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River, leading to an impressive 1,200 ft. waterfall. Fly-fishing is a popular activity on Dorst Creek and the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River.

Facilities

The campground is very popular with tent and RV campers alike. It has paved roads, flush toilets, and drinking water, but no electricity. Picnic tables, fire rings, and bear food storage boxes are provided at each site. A free dump station is located on-site. Lodgepole Village is nine miles away, offering a visitor center, nightly Interpretive Ranger programs, a market, deli, snack bar, gift shop, post office, coin-operated showers and laundry facilities.

Natural Features

Lodgepole pine, red fir, and shrubs forest the campground, while towering groves of giant sequoias and craggy granite peaks dot the landscape.

This region is characterized by warm days and cool nights in the summer and deep snow and cold days in the winter.

Nearby Attractions

The inspiring Giant Forest Grove, General Sherman Tree, General Grant Tree, Moro Rock and Tunnel Log are just 9-17 miles away, as well as the informative Lodgepole Visitor Center and Giant Forest Museum. Colorful Crescent Meadow offers views of vivid summer wildflowers and access to Tharp's Log, a cabin in a fallen sequoia. Tours into Crystal Cave, one of hundreds of marble caves in the park, give visitors an interesting view of rock formations, fossils, rare minerals and unique wildlife. Tickets are required. Reserve in advance on www.recreation.gov. Tickets may also be purchased same day, if available, at the Lodgepole Visitor Center. Tickets are not sold at the cave entrance. The Crystal Cave is about about a one hour drive (21 miles/34 km) from the campground. Vehicles longer than 22 feet long are prohibited on the narrow winding Crystal Cave Road.

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. For individual campsites: 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. For group campsites: All cancellations made within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date are considered late cancellations and will incur the $10.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's use fee. Cancellations for a single night's use will forfeit the entire use fee but no cancellation fee will apply. ADA Access: N

Fee Info
ENTRANCE FEES APPLY : 1-7 Day Pass- $35 per vehicle (private, non-commercial). $20 per person (on foot, bicycle, or bus). $30 per motorcycle (not per person). 12 month pass available at Ash Mountain & Big Stump entrance stations. Check www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/fees.htm for details. CAMPING FEES: $22 per night for regular camping and $11 per night for valid lifetime Access Pass, lifetime Senior Pass, and annual Senior Pass. No other passes receive reduced rates. Group sites are $50 - $70 depending on site (see Facility Rates below). 50% Senior Pass and Access Pass discount rates DO NOT APPLY to group sites. Failure to notify the campground 559-565-4488 prior to 12:00 noon the day following scheduled arrival may result in your reservation being cancelled.
Price
$22.00 - $70.00
Operator
National Park Service
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Location
Dorst Creek Campground is located in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California
Latitude
36.6361 N
Longitude
-118.8097 W
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Directions
Both roads leading to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks approach from the west. They are open all day, every day, depending on weather. From the east, no roads reach the park boundary. The main park road, The Generals Highway, connects the north and south entrances. Winter storms may cause temporary closures from Grant Grove to Lodgepole. It takes about 1 1/4 hours to drive to the campground from the south park entrance (198E) or 45 minutes from the north park entrance (180E). Notice: Vehicles longer than 22 feet (including trailers) are not advised between Potwisha Campground and the Giant Forest Museum. Visitors with vehicles over 22 feet in total length hoping to visit the Giant Forest or camp at Lodgepole and Dorst Creek Campgrounds are advised to enter via the northern, Highway 180, entrance to these parks. Arriving from the south (Highway 198): From Highways 65 or 99, go east on Highway 198E. Follow signs for Sequoia National Park to the park entrance.  Highway 180E may be reached from Highway 198E using Highway 63N from Visalia. Arriving from the north (Highway 180): From Fresno, take Highway 180E, following signs to Kings Canyon National Park.  Once in the park, follow signs to Sequoia National Park and Lodgepole.
11 Reviews of Dorst Creek Campground
Beautiful but no level flat campsites.

This is a pretty campground. Lots of pines but no real vistas. Also no real level flat ground for tent camping. Sites are smallish & close together. Running water and flush toilets. 1 medium bear box per site. No showers.

Awesome campgrounds

Center point for touring sequoia and kings canyon national parks. Free shuttle to take you all over the park. Great stream running through campgrounds upper and lower sections. Great hikes from campground. Especially, Muir groves and lookouts, breathtaking views. We also hiked lost groves which was very special hiking through meadows and going across streams. Saw many deer groups. Clean campsites and especially restrooms. We got to see two female bears walking at a distance from campground. Wildlife management team came and made sure bear stayed in it's nature areas. fun to watch and learn how they track bears and keep visitors informed on how to store our items with smells inside metal bear boxes. we had a amazing family vacation in one the most beautiful places on earth. the sequoia groves had great signage and easy trails to walk.

No complaints!

This was a beautiful campground. The only thing negative I could say about this campground is that a lot of the campsites are very close to each other. But if you choose wisely, as my friend and I did, then I have no complaints. Surrounded by trees and wildlife, we were visited by deer and entertained by a family of quails as we sat around our fire. Our campsite had a fire ring with a grill, two picnic tables and a bear box. The restrooms, which had flush toilets, were clean and well maintained. There was potable water near our campsite and an additional bear box was nearby if needed. There were also trash bins, including separate waste bins for recycling glass and plastics nearby. There was no cell reception in the campground but there was a pay phone next to the ranger station where you check into camp. Though I do not know if it was in working condition so I would not rely on it. If you were planning on hiking to some of the less traveled spots in the park, this campground was nice because there were several trails that you could access from within the campground.

Gem

We tent camped two nights here. Our site was roomy but not very level; turned out wonderfully though as it rained one entire day and no water pooled near our tent. Fresh/clean water was available. Bathrooms clean. Muir Grove is a hidden gem of a hike to a serene grove of sequoias, accessed at the end of the campground near the group sites. Fairly easy 4 miles round trip, hiked with 6 children, youngest hiker is 6; well worth it!

Lovely

The restrooms are clean. There is a stream that runs through camp. There view is great and the is a lot of animal activity.

Last Opportunity

If you’re in Sequoia NP and it’s your only option, take it. Less trees and shade than Lodgepole, Potwisha, or Buckeye. It’ll do, but there are better options. As you wind your way thru the Park you’d be better off heading to Kings Canyon towards Roads End if you have Dorst as your only option.

A nice, quiet getaway

Dorst Creek campground was overall very nice. The bathrooms were cleaned daily and the campground offered clean running water.

The sites were a little small and we had a hard time finding a flat spot to fit our 6-person tent.

The rangers are not always at the ranger station and there is NO cell phone signal… so hopefully no one has any emergencies…

There is a shuttle station to take you to some popular places throughout the park. There is also a gas station, convenience store, restaurant, and shower facility about 5 miles from the campsite. However, I found everything to be very expensive. Showers are $4 for 10 minutes, firewood $8 for 5 logs, gas and food expensive as well. But good to have in case you need anything!

Dorst Creek Campground

Has everything you need. Close to Sequoia attractions. Didn't spend much time here as we were out hiking but it's a fine place to pitch your tent with the rest of the crowd.

Great Campground Close to Big Trees and Hiking Trails

This is a great campground close to a lot of Sequoia's attractions, including the General Sherman tree and some of the other large sequoias and the visitor's center. There are several great hiking trails that are very near the campground, and the sites are scenic and fairly separate. We saw a lot of deer during our stay.

Steep grade on sites

We stayed here in July 2012 on our summer road trip out west. This was one of many campgrounds in Sequoia N.p. It was primitive but we were allowed to run the generator certain hours in our loop. We barely fit on the site and had to use some crazy leveling techniques to get us set up. The landscape here is beautiful with many pines and sequoias as well as granite boulders scattered everywhere. There are water stations and dump stations nearby. We were told to be very careful not to leave any food outside our RV unless it was locked in the "bear box" provided at our site. We were a little afraid to let the boys play outside unattended with those kinds of warnings. Our visit here was to visit the Giant Sequoias nearby and hike hike hike. We had to tell the boys that we were going for a walk because they had grown weary of hiking already on our 2nd month into our trip. We visited General Sherman, the famous giant Sequoia tree and also hiked 4 miles to Muir Grove. It was very cool and shady along the way which I was thankful for. The forest was filled with many beautiful flowers but we didn't see any bears or mountain lions. The boys had a great time collecting sticks and playing swords, etc. along the way. It was an amazing hike and I was glad to get some fresh air and exercise. Photos cannot do justice for the magnificent trees. They are unique to this area of the country and are amazing to view, touch, crawl through and climb on.