A Guide to RV Camping Sequoia National Forest

A Guide to RV Camping Sequoia National Forest

A Guide
to RV Camping Sequoia National Forest

Sequoia
National Forest
is graced with some of the most
incredible natural phenomena in the US. From the world-famous giant
Sequoia trees, soaring granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons to
roaring whitewater, this forest astounds visitors with its wild
beauty.

The best way to take in the astonishing
beauty of Sequoia National Forest is to explore it in a recreational
vehicle. The area is very RV-friendly, and there are plenty of
excellent places to camp and enjoy the magical scenery. This guide
has everything you need to know about RV camping in Sequoia National
Forest.

A Few Things to Know
About Sequoia National Forest

The Sequoia National Forest occupies
over 1.1 million acres in Southern California, on the western slope
of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The forest received its name for the
33 groves of giant sequoia on its boundaries. They are the greatest
concentration of giant sequoia groves in the world.

One thing to note is the forest is
distinct from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, although they
are in the same vicinity and share the same name. The two areas are
managed by different agencies and have different regulations.

For instance, in Sequoia National
Forest, you’re allowed to camp off the forest roads or on the
overlooks. But in Sequoia National Forest, you’re only allowed to
stay in designated campgrounds.

Generally, park management is usually
highly vested in preserving the current state of a natural area,
ensuring it remains intact and undisturbed. Forests management, on
the other hand, often allows grazing, fishing, logging, and multiple
recreation activities. In Sequoia Forest, you can hike, drive
off-road vehicles, ride a horse, or mountain bike.

Are RVs Allowed in
Sequoia National Forest?

RV camping is allowed in many areas of
Sequoia National Forest. In fact, exploring the forest in a
camper
is highly recommended if you want to cover
plenty of ground in a few days. There are 51 developed campgrounds.
They all require reservations in advance, and sites usually fill
quickly.

Note that not all campgrounds can
accommodate huge rigs, and many roads aren’t ideal for vehicles
over 22 feet long. Fortunately, if you can’t find space on a
developed campground or if you prefer dry camping, there are lots of
boondocking sites throughout the forest.

Sequoia forest is also less visited
than the neighboring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, making
it perfect for RVers looking for peace, quiet, and solitude.

What’s the Best
Time to Visit Sequoia National Forest in an RV?

Although Sequoia National Forest
usually stays open all year round, the best time to visit is June
through August. Around this time, the weather is stable. Thick
snowfall is common at the higher elevations in the winter months, and
only a few campgrounds remain open. Those that open shop serve as a
base for cross-country skiers and snowshoeing.

Getting to Sequoia
National Forest in an RV

The north entrance on Highway 180 is
the preferred route for those driving bigger RVs. It’s straighter,
less steep, and wider. Keep in mind that the road winds in and out of
both the Sequoia National Park and National Forest, so use your map
and keep your eyes peeled for signs along the route. For a smooth
drive, plan to travel and arrive during the day. Plus, the route has
dazzling scenery, so be sure to pack your camera.

Best RV Campgrounds
in Sequoia National Forest

Camping
in Sequoia National Forest
ranges from free
boondocking sites to paid campgrounds with full hookups. Here are the
best campgrounds in the area.

  • Auxiliary Dam Campground
    Nestled on the southern banks of Lake Isabella near the Kern River,
    Auxiliary Dam Campground is a perfect place for anyone looking to
    camp on a lakeshore. Amenities include bathrooms with running water,
    showers, a dump station, and trash services. The sites have stoves
    and picnic tables, and you can enjoy boating and fishing.
  • Troy Meadow Campground – If
    you’re in search of charming scenery and majestic trees, head to
    Troy Meadow Campground. It’s a scenic getaway offering
    high-elevation forest camping. You’ll find 73 campsites, drinking
    water, vault toilets, and every site has a picnic table, fire ring
    with grill, and bear boxes. You can go mountain biking, hiking, or
    fishing.
  • Rivernook Campground – It’s
    a nice secluded campground and the largest on the Upper Kern. It
    lies along a stunning stretch of the Kern River, with little creeks
    running through it. This private campground boasts full hookups,
    restrooms, free WiFi, cable TV, picnic tables, trash service, and a
    general store.
  • Lower Peppermint Campground
    Isolated in a forest of pine and oak, this campground is a true gem.
    It has 17 sites that only accommodate camper vans. You’ll find
    potable water, toilets, tables, and fire rings. For activities, you
    can explore the nearby trails that pass along a wall of cascades,
    observe wildlife, or try fishing
  • Fish Creek Campground
    This is a high mountain campground overflowing with the beauty of
    the Sierras. The place has 40 campsites, some next to a creek, and
    they fit rigs of a maximum length of 27 feet. The main features
    include freshwater, vault toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables.
    For recreation, head to the nearby hiking trails.

Main Attractions in
Sequoia National Forest

There’re plenty of things to do and
see in Sequoia National Forest. Here are the biggest draws.

  • Largest and Oldest Trees in the
    World
    – The towering sequoia trees are a spectacle unlike any
    other. They can live for over 3,000 years and grow as tall as a
    26-story building—between 180 and 250 feet tall. Head to the Trail
    of 100 Giants to see the giant trees up and close.
  • A Massive Network of Hiking and
    Biking Trails
    – Hikers, bikers, and horseback riders have more
    than 850 miles of trails in the forest available. These routes are
    diverse; some run along lakes and river banks, while others weave
    through meadows, old-growth forests, and rugged high country.
  • Exciting Water-Based Pursuits
    – With 2,617 rivers and streams and over 158 ponds and lakes in the
    forest, there’s a plethora of water activities. You can swim,
    fish, boat, water-ski, kayak, or ride whitewater rapids.
  • Off-Road Recreation – There
    are 1,500 miles of maintained roads and 1000 miles of abandoned
    roads for off-road enthusiasts to enjoy. In winter, the high
    elevations provide excellent conditions for snowmobiling, not to
    mention downhill skiing and snowboarding.
  • Magical Ecosystems and Wildlife
    Habitat
    – Sequoia National Forest is an interesting place if you
    want to catch a glimpse of wildlife, smell wildflowers, learn about
    various plants, or soak in natural formations. Notable animal
    species include black bears, coyotes, deer, badgers, and various
    raptors.

Have Fun Camping in
Sequoia National Forest

Sequoia National Forest is the ultimate
RVing destination. It has giant millennia-old Sequoia trees, a bevy
of impressive lakes, rivers, and creeks, and an abundance of
recreational pursuits. Even more important, it has a network of roads
that all lead to new discoveries. Reserve a campground, and drive
your RV to this stunning forest.

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2 thoughts on “A Guide to RV Camping Sequoia National Forest”

  1. A year ago, my grandfather and I took an RV to explore Sequoia National forest, my grandfather likes those towering granite boulders there. 

    We visited the rivernook campground along the Kern River, and it left a very deep impression on me. My grandfather and I are quiet people. Rivernook Campground is undoubtedly our first choice.

    I think I’ll still have a chance to visit Sequoia National Forest once the corona virus is gone.

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