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Drinking Water
About Lodgepole Campground

Lodgepole Campground is located in the breathtaking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in central California's 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 world's largest tree in volume - are just two miles from the campground.

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 , Interpretive Ranger programs , a market, deli, and snack bar , gift shop , post office , and 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. 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.

Nearby Attractions

The General Sherman Tree, General Grant Tree, Moro Rock and Tunnel Log are nearby, as is the informative 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, but are not sold at the cave entrance. Reserve in advance on www.recreation.gov. Tickets may also be purchased same day, if available, at the Lodgepole Visitor Center.

Crystal Cave is about a 45 minute drive (13 miles/21 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. 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. 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 are $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. Failure to notify the campground 559-565-4487 prior to 12:00 noon the day following scheduled arrival may result in your reservation being cancelled.
Price
$22.00
Operator
National Park Service
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Firewood Available
Market
Picnic Table
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Lodgepole Campground is located in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California
Latitude
36.6067 N
Longitude
-118.7258 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 hour to drive to the campground from the south park entrance (198E) or about a 1 hour 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 Hwy 198 E and follow signs for Sequoia National Park to the park entrance.   Highway 180 E may be reached from Highway 198 E using Hwy 63 N from Visalia.   Arriving from the north (Highway 180): From Fresno: take Highway 180E, following signs for Kings Canyon National Park to the park entrance.   Once in the park, follow signs to Sequoia National Park and Lodgepole.
14 Reviews of Lodgepole 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!

Great Family Camping

Lodgepole Campground at Kings Canyon / Sequoia is a GREAT park to do some great family camping. It is clean, well laid-out and very well maintained. I had sponsored the Sequoia National Parks for many years because of how well they maintain the parks, campgrounds, facilities and how their interpretive programs are. Hiking through the Crystal Caverns is amazing. Must do it. It is QUITE A WALK down to the caves so give yourself plenty of time to do the walk down BEFORE you go on the tour. This way if you have little ones with little legs, they get a rest and can enjoy the tour.

The lodgepole campground is very close to The Village marketplace and makes it nice for "easy camping"- grabbing items that you may have forgotten or to pick up a nice treat. They also have showering facilities at The Village Marketplace as well. It makes it nice if you plan to tent camp for any period of time.

I have tent camped here over 20+ times in a 10 year span. I do not know if they have opened up the stables again however they used to have horseback riding trips that were fun to do.

A nice little river/stream runs though the campground and it makes it nice to have "mini adventures" without having to leave camp at all.

Sequoia

Amazing views all around the campgrounds. If you want to get of away from the city this is the place to be…Love it.

Lodgepole Campground itself is located in the beautiful Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the central California region next to the amazing Sierra Nevada. Lodgepole is near the Kaweah River.

The Giant Sequoia Forest it's a thing of beauty and the famous General Sherman Tree - the world's largest tree is an incredible experience to see up close.

First to Review
Gorgeous Campground - Bustling area

A campground that I vividly remember as a kid, I returned to visit after 12 years.

Centralized in Sequoia National Park, the campground finds itself near a large visitor center, a general market, and has running water and flush toilets throughout. I find that these elements combined attract a lot of "new" campers who aren't quiet in tune with proper etiquette.

Lots of noise in all this hustle-and-bustle, may not make it your ideal retreat. People crossing through sites to get to the bathrooms without saying hello, and loud music up until curfew.

Big plus, lots of hikes are nearby - I recommend wilderness press Sequoia and Kings Canyon Hiking and Backpacking Trails