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Federal Highways Advisory: It is strongly recommended that vehicles over the length of 22 feet access Lodgepole Campground, Dorst Creek Campground, and the Giant Forest from the Highway 180 entrance into Kings Canyon National Park. The portion of the Generals Highway accessed from Highway 198 and the southern entrance is narrow and steep and is not advised for vehicles over the length of 22 feet.

Dorst Creek Campground-Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA

part ofSequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, National Park Service
Status: Closed through Tue Jun 30 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

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.

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.

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 eight 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.

Nearby Attractions:

The inspiring Giant Forest Grove, General Sherman Tree, General Grant Tree, and Tunnel Log are just 10 miles away, as well as the informative Giant Forest Museum and Beetle Rock Education Center.

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 and are available at the Lodgepole Visitor Center.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Rings
  • Dump Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Shuttle Bus Service
Within 10 Miles
  • Grocery Store
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • This is American Black Bear habitat: All food, scented items, and garbage must be properly stored in provided bear-resistant food storage boxes, not in your vehicle, 24 hours/day; Food-storage box dimensions are 28" high x 33" deep x 47" wide.
  • There are no electric, water, or sewer hookups
  • There is a free dump station with potable water to fill water tanks
  • Cell phone service is unreliable throughout the parks
  • No generators are allowed in sites 62-127
  • Please don't travel with firewood: get it at or near your camping destination. Help protect these parks from invasive species, such as insects, fungi and other pests living in firewood that can spread beyond campgrounds threatening the health of the forest. Local markets sell firewood and gathering dead and down wood is allowed.
  • A California state fishing license is required for fishing
  • A shuttle service runs from Visalia to the Giant Forest within Sequoia National Park from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend; Shuttle service reservations are required for getting to the park, and can be obtained by calling 1-877-BUS-HIKE or visiting sequoiashuttle.com
  • A separate free shuttle service runs within the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park with stops at the Wuksachi Lodge, Lodgepole Visitor Center and Market, Lodgepole Campground, Upper and Lower General Sherman Tree parking, Giant Forest Museum, Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow; There is no shuttle service to Dorst Creek
  • Federal Highways Advisory: It is strongly recommended that vehicles over the length of 22 feet access Lodgepole Campground, Dorst Creek Campground, and the Giant Forest from the Highway 180 entrance into Kings Canyon National Park. The portion of the Generals Highway accessed from Highway 198 and the southern entrance is narrow and steep and is not advised for vehicles over the length of 22 feet.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    36.63611, -118.80972
    36°38'10"N, 118°48'35"W

    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.
      Arriving from the south:
    • From Highways 65 or 99, go east on Highway 198E. Follow signs to Sequoia National Park to the park entrance.
    • Highway 180E may be reached from Highway 198E using Highway 63N from Visalia.

      Arriving from the north:
    • From Fresno, take Highway 180E, following signs to Kings Canyon National Park. Once in the park, follow signs to Sequoia National Park and 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).
    • The main park road, The Generals Highway, connects the north and south entrances. Winter storms may cause temporary closures from Grant Grove to Lodgepole.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Dorst Creek Campground-Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
    Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park 47050 Generals Highway
    Three Rivers  CA  93271

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (559)565-4488
    559-565-3341 - Sequoia/Kiings Canyon National Parks for current Road and Weather information.

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