The Mineral King area features the highest elevation campground in the parks. At 7,500 feet (2280 m), it is only open during the summer months. A narrow, winding, largely unpaved road leads to the area and its two campgrounds. RVs and trailers are not recommended on Mineral King Road and are not permitted in campgrounds. Mineral King is not connected to the rest of Sequoia National Park by roads. To get here, turn off of Highway 198 in Three Rivers, California.
The campground is situated along the East Fork of the Kaweah River in a once logged sequoia grove. Atwell Mill campground contains 21 sites. The Atwell-Hockett Trail begins here.
Atwell Mill Campground Closed in 2021
Due to hazardous trees around campsites that pose a risk to visitors, Atwell Mill Campground is closed in 2021. The parks are working to remove the trees and reopen the campground in future years.
Campground Rules and Regulations: It is your responsibility to abide by all posted campground rules and regulations.
Failure to comply with these items my result in a fine.
Food Storage - This is American Black Bear habitat: all food, scented items, coolers, equipment used to prepare food and garbage (recycling also) 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. Do not hang garbage from your tree or leave out DAY OR NIGHT.
Parking - Vehicles must be parked with all four wheels on pavement. Extra vehicles must be parked in overflow parking lots.
Quiet Hours - Quiet hours are from 10 PM through 6 AM daily. Music, talking, and generators should not be audible beyond your immediate campsite any time of day. Generator use hours at this Campground are 9 AM to 9 PM.
Water - Do not dump wastewater on the ground or at the water spigots. All wastewater must be disposed at the restroom sinks, in toilets or at a campground RV dump station. This applies to shower tents. Wastewater must be collected and disposed of as stated above. Wastewater must not be allowed to run onto the ground.
Dishes - Do not wash dishes or brush teeth at water spigots near your campsite. Restrooms have wash sinks on outside of each building for dish washing and personal use.
Trash/Recycling - Please keep your campsite clean. Place all litter in campground garbage cans. Do NOT leave cigarette butts or bottle caps on ground. Glass, aluminum, and food are prohibited in fire pits.
Fires - Campfires are only permitted in fire rings. Logs and wood must fit completely within the fire ring. DO NOT leave fire unattended. Be certain to extinguish fire completely with water before leaving site or going to bed at night and be sure it is cold to the touch. Dead wood on the ground may be collected for use as fuel for campfires within the parks. Do not cut or break trees.
Tents - Pitch tents on tent pads or within campsite boundaries only.
Occupancy - There is a maximum of 6 people per campsite. If you exceed this number, purchase another site (if available) and relocate some of your group and equipment to the other campsite. Reservations can be made in advace for group campgrounds that will accomodate your group size.
Check Out - Campsites need to be vacated (people and equipment) by 12 noon.
Day Use - Campgrounds are for overnight visitors only. Please use designated day-use areas for parking, picnics, and river access.
Pets - Pets must always be kept on a leash six feet long or less. Pets may not be tied to an object or left unattended. Dogs, cats and other pets on leash, crated, or otherwise under physical restraint are permitted in the park only within 100 feet of the edge of established roads or parking areas open to public, and are permitted within established campgrounds and picnic areas; dogs, cats, and other pets are prohibited in the backcountry and on established trails.
Preserve Natural Resources - Injuring plants by cutting, breaking, or attaching nails or other hardware is prohibited.
Propane Tanks - We are unable to recycle your used propane tanks. These CAN NOT be left at the park. You must take them home and dispose of them properly.
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.
Cell phone service is unreliable throughout the parks 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.
RVs and trailers are not recommended on Mineral King Road and are not permitted in campgrounds. Mineral King is not connected to the rest of Sequoia National Park by roads.
Dangerous Rivers! Most park deaths result from drowning in rivers. Many drowning victims were playing near rivers and unexpectedly fell in. Rivers present a far greater danger than lakes or pools. Surfaces may look calm, but strong currents often run below. Be cautious walking near rivers as rocks can be smooth and slippery or shift unexpectedly. Getting out of a cold, swift river is often impossible.
Falling Objects. Branches and entire trees may fall at any time. A pinecone falling from a great height can be dangerous. Rocks may tumble from above you. Watch for potential hazards while you are out exploring the parks. Trees and branches have been falling frequently, possibly due to the drought and beetle damage. Branches may fall whether they appear dead, even when there is no wind, so avoidance is the safest response. Don't linger under dead, cracked, or broken
Protect your car from marmots. Marmots will chew through car wiring and radiator hosing, disabling the vehicle. They are especially active in Mineral King in spring and early summer. Use tarp to cover your vehicle's undercarriage and prepare with marmot safety tips.
Hikes into the backcountry out of Mineral King will give visitors an ever deeper understanding of the beauty and uniqueness of Sequoia National Park. Hike to alpine lakes and over mountain passes, or climb a peak.
There are limited services at Silver City Resort, 1.7 miles (3 km) east of the campground. More extensive services can be found in Three Rivers, 23 miles (37 km) west of Atwell Mill Campground (approximately 1.5 hours away).
Trails to alpine lakes and mountain passes begin nearby.
47050 Generals Highway Three Rivers CA 93271
For campground inquiries, please call: 559 565 3341
Atwell Mill Campground is located 19 miles (31 km) from Highway 198 on Mineral King Road, which turns off in Three Rivers, and 6 miles (10 km) before the end of the road. The road is primarily unpaved, narrow, winding, and deeply rutted in places. It is not advised for longer vehicles, especially recreational vehicles. No RVs or trailers are permitted in the campground.