Lodgepole Campground

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Giant Seqyuoia Trees, Sequoia National Park, California
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Lodgepole Campground

Sequoia National Park

Lodgepole Campground

Lodgepole Campground is the main camping destination in the heart of Sequoia National Park. From Lodgepole, visitors can take the free shuttle to sites such as Moro Rock and the Sherman Tree. They can drive to Crystal Cave or over to Grant Grove. Campsites are close to the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River.

Of the 214 campsites at Lodgepole Campground, many are designated as walk-in, tent-only sites. These sites are scattered throughout the campground. Limited sites will accommodate trailers or RVs over 30 feet. Some roads in the parks cannot accommodate vehicles longer than 22 or 24 feet.

Lodgepole Campground Basics
Lodgepole Campground Location: Lodgepole Village, Sequoia National Park
Elevation: 6,500 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: From Visalia - 52 miles, 1:20
Number of Sites: Summer - 214
Fall and spring - 16 walk-in tent sites and limited RV sites
Camping Season: Open late March - third week of October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground and Park Information: (559) 565-3341 or (559)565-4487

Lodgepole Campground Campsite Designations
47 Tent-only, Walk-in Sites: #38-45, 52-55, 69, 71, 74-77, 79, 82-84, 86- 88, 90, 97-100, 102-104, 108, 111, 122, 125-128, 130, 134, 140, 169-174
10 RV Sites: #12, 15, 50, 51, 56, 58, 60, 152, 196, 197
Standard Sites for RV, trailer, or tent: 87 other sites throughout the campground
Campground Layout: Loops A (sites #1-22)
Loop B (sites #23-35)
Loop C (sites #36-60)
Loop D (sites #61-68)
Sites #69-95
Upper Lodgepole (sites #96-144)
Log bridge (sites #151-214)

Reservations at Lodgepole Campground
Reservations recommended: May 20 - September, other times first come, first served
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 3 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Camping Limit: 14 nights from June 14 to September 14 with 30 days total per year
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 40 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated, but most sites are level
Favorite Campsites: #40, 52, 54, 64, 101, 105, 107, 134, 146, 166, 183, 189, 202
Fees: $22 per night
Reservations: Lodgepole Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: Without Reservations - Check-in anytime, out at Noon
With Reservations - Noon, Noon

Lodgepole Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Showers and laundry: ¼-mile at Lodgepole Market
Dump and water station: Yes (closed October to mid-May)
Campground map: Lodgepole Campground Map
Nearby facilities: Nature Center, Lodgepole Village with visitor center, grocery and gift shop, deli, snack bar, post office, showers, laundry, wilderness permits
Attractions near Lodgepole Campground: Join summer Ranger programs. Hike up the trail to Tokopah Falls. Stand before the General Sherman Tree. Take the trail up to the top of Moro Rock. Tour the wonders of Crystal Cave (purchase tickets in Lodgepole Visitor Center, not sold at cave entrance). Near Crescent Meadow drive through Tunnel Log. Then walk out to Tharp's Cabin.

Lodgepole Campground, Sequoia National Park

Lodgepole Campground

Lodgepole Campground, Sequoia National Park

Lodgepole Campground

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Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks
Attractions and Activities

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park visitors enjoy all the scenic destinations from Giant Sequoias to roaring waterfalls. Those staying at Lodgepole Campground are are at the heart of Sequoia National Park.

  • Hop on the free shuttle to key sites in Sequoia's Lodgepole and Giant Forest areas.
  • In Sequoia, visit Crystal Cave, climb to the top of Moro Rock for great vistas, stand before soaring Sherman Tree, and tour the Giant Forest Museum.
  • Join in Ranger-led Programs at Grant Grove, Cedar Grove, Wuksachi Lodge, and John Muir Lodge.
  • Try your hand at fishing along the Kings River in Cedar Grove or hike to Mist Falls.
  • Take a scenic driving tour of some of the spectacular vistas in the parks.
  • Drive down to Hume Lake for fishing and swimming.
  • Children can participate in the Junior Ranger Program.
  • Enjoy the annual Dark Day Festival. Enjoy telescope viewings, solar observations, activities, and tours. See Ranger-led Programs for dates and details.

Key Lodgepole Campground Regulations

  1. To prevent bear problems, store food and similar items in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles. Use of the lockers is required.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 8 AM to 11 AM and 5 PM to 8 PM. No generators are allowed in sites #36-60 and 69-144.
  3. Dogs (except service dogs) are not permitted on any park trails or on the summer shuttle.

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Nearby Campgrounds

Sequoia National Park Campgrounds

Grant Grove - Kings Canyon National Park

Foothills - Sequoia National Park

Mineral King - Sequoia National Park


General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on weather conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. If using a reservation website, check to be sure your vehicles will fit in the parking space for your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.