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About Lodgepole Campground
Lodgepole Campground is located in the breathtaking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in central Californias rugged Sierra Nevada range. Lodgepole is perched on the banks of the scenic and lengthy Marble Fork of the Kaweah River, at an elevation of 6,700 ft. The inspiring Giant Forest Grove and the mighty General Sherman Tree - the worlds largest tree in volume - are just two miles from the campground. Natural Features: Lodgepole pine, Red fir, and shrubs forest the campground, while towering groves of giant sequoias and craggy granite peaks dot the landscape. The Marble Fork of the Kaweah River is fed by snowmelt and flows seasonally through the site. This region is characterized by warm days and cool nights in the summer and deep snow and cold days in the winter. Recreation: Forty miles of trails, including the paved Big Trees Trail, invite visitors to immerse themselves in the majesty of the ancient grove. Several additional popular hiking and wilderness trailheads are close by, including 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 1200 ft. waterfall. Fly-fishing is also a popular activity on the Marble Fork. Facilities: Lodgepole Campground is very popular with tent and RV campers alike. It has paved roads, flush toilets, and drinking water. Picnic tables, fire rings, and bear food storage boxes are provided at each site. Lodgepole Village is a quick, 1/4-mile away, offering a visitor center, nightly Interpretive Ranger programs, a market, deli, snack bar, gift shop, post office, coin-operated showers and laundry facilities. Nearby Attractions: The General Sherman Tree, General Grant Tree, and Tunnel Log are nearby, as are the informative Giant Forest Museum and Beetle Rock Education Center. Colorful Crescent Meadow offers views of vivid summer wildflowers and access to Tharps 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 and are available at the Lodgepole Visitor Center. Tickets are not sold at the cave entrance. The Crystal Caves are about a 45 minute drive (13 miles/21 km) from the campground. Reserve tour tickets in advance on Recreation.gov. ACTIVITIES Interpretive Programs: Educational Programs Hiking Visitor Center: Ranger Station Day Use Area: Amphitheater Other Recreation Concession Site: Concessions
Access
Drive In, Walk In
Operator
National Park Service
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Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Reservable
Location
Lodgepole Campground is located in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California
Latitude
36.607 N
Longitude
-118.726 W
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Directions
Both roads leading to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks approach from the west and are open all day, every day, depending on weather. From the south on Highways 65 or 99, go east on Highway 198E. Follow signs to Sequoia National Park to the park entrance. From Fresno, take Highway 180E, following signs to Kings Canyon National Park. Once in the park, follow signs to Sequoia National Park and Lodgepole.
13 Reviews of Lodgepole Campground
River Runs Through

If you enjoy camping next to a river, this is a great spot for you. The campground is clean, comfy and provides enough scenery in the area to make staying here completely worth it.

Diamond in the rough

It's close enough to all the sites in sequoia but still at least 30 mins to the popular hiking trails. Our timing was bad when we stayed because they were doing a lot of dry brush clearing and thinning out the vegetation so we were greeted with the sounds of about a dozen chainsaws within a half mile radius of our campground. the good news was we didnt' have to buy any firewood as there were piles of them all around. There's potable water near each campsite and vault toilets that were maintained adequately.

Fell Asleep to the Sound of the Creek

A group of friends and I stayed at this campground on a Saturday night on the weekend of May 5, 2018. We got to the campsite around 2:00pm and were lucky to find a spot across the bridge next to the roaring creek. It was a beautiful open spot and the bathroom wasn’t too far away. There were bear proof food lockers for your food and drinking water nearby. We bought some firewood from the marketplace, which was next to the campground. The Lodgepole visitor center was closed for construction.

Love lodgepole

This campround is awesome! Great central location in the park

Beautiful Campsite by a stream and waterfall, Difficult to get reservatons

Spent 4 nights camping and hiking in Sequoia National Park. The site was great and offered good facilities.

Ooooh Oooooh the summer nights

Great visit. If you read online you don't need reservations that is not true. If you can't get one, keep checking.

Sequoia Upper Lodge

We went to the Lodgepole Campground-Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and stayed for 3 nights at Site: 130. Check-in Time is 12:00 PM and Check-out Time was also 12:00 PM.

This was a great site especially if you have kids with you. We had a 4 and 6 year old with us and the bathroom was super close to the site. The site was also close to the creek and little pools formed to dip your feet in… water was cold at the end of August! Loved the fire pit and the table and our camping neighbors were super friendly.

The site was also walking distance to the shuttles that takes you to the various areas of the majestic and beautiful national park: Morro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Museum center, etc. We even saw bears while we were in the shuttle.

The kids loved seeing deers, chipmunks and the bears from inside the shuttle. There was a bear's bathing pool that I wanted to check out but we didn't get to… NEXT TIME FOR SURE 😊

Popular outpost for exploring Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Lodgepole is a very popular camp ground in the Sequoias. There is a river that runs through the camp ground that is easily accessed and made for a lot of fun during our visit. The lodge offers many accommodations including food, laundry, visitors center, and shuttle access. The camp sites we stayed in were only for tents and included fire pit with grate (needed to be dug out a bit) and picnic table. Bear box on each site and additional shared boxes in walking distance for additional storage. Water and bathrooms within short walking distance. This is a busy campground and I find that it's hard not to get to know your neighbor. We were very fortunate to have other kids our daughters age by us however I can see how this could be inconvenient for some. Rangers patrol sites often and lots of wildlife in area. We enjoyed our stay and felt that it offered great access to both parks and enjoyed the trails that led directly from the campgrounds.

Very nice campground

This was a great place to spend the Columbus day holiday at. The campground is well maintained, pretty and close enough to a restroom and the the C store that if we needed anything is was close at hand. The campsite is close to some great trails nearby as well.

My only complaint is that when there are noisy neighbors there arena enough trees or shrubs to baffle the sound so it can become quite noisy depending on who is adjacent to you. Overall, still a great campground.

Beautiful river views campground

I stayed here during Thanksgiving weekend(last weekend before it closed for the season). It was my first snow camping experience,and it will definitely be a campground I return to again! A large majority of sites sit beside the Kaweah river, so its lovely to fall asleep at night listening to the river flowing. When I went the only sites available at the time were the walk in campsites,which were all spacious and had their own campfire rings and bear boxes. I wouls love to come back in the summertime to revisit the grounds,but if you are looking for a winter wonderland camping experience then look no further!