by Whitney Rife
Lodgepole Campground is located in the Giant Forest region of Sequoia National Park in California. It is close to amenities and attractions, but still far enough away to have a secluded, “alone-with-nature” atmosphere. Many campsites are near the Kaweah River or green meadows. Most hiking trails are easy enough for children to tackle and wildlife is often present in the surroundings. In the park, families may want to visit the Crystal Cave — a natural wonder made of marble with icicle stalactites. Moro Rock is also nearby, displaying a huge granite dome with an amazing view at the summit. It is the perfect place for families who want to appreciate the beauty of nature.
Lodgepole has over 200 sites that are open year-round. Each area contains a fire pit with a grill, a picnic table and bear-proof food containers. The property has flush toilets and showers. Drinking water and a large dump station are also available. Though there are no trailer hookups in the park, there are pay phones that guests can use if needed. There is a deli at the visitor’s center that will supply additional food. This is a very popular campground, so it’s a good idea to make reservations months in advance. Guests can stay up to two weeks.
Our Editor Loves
- Campground location
- Crystal Cave and Moro Rock
- Flush toilets
Lodgepole is the best spot for car camping in Sequoia. The cost is $22 per night. Beware, there is no cell service. But the campground is amazing. It is right next to lodgepole visitors center with post office, payphones, showers, restaurant, and camp store/gift shop. The campsites are large and nestled amongst trees and the riverbank. They have flush toilets with sinks (bring your own soap). Bear boxes and fire pits are provided. It has a great location, close to the main sights within Sequoia:General Sherman, Moro Rock, etc.
We were very impressed with the campground at Lodgepole. The campsites and bathrooms were clean and well maintained. The shuttle is very convenient for going to the various trails and sights. We highly recommend staying at Lodgepole.