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How to get to the Parks?
ACCESS: Drive East from Fresno, on Highway 180 to the Big Stump Entrance to Kings Canyon National Park. Stop at the Kings Canyon Visitor Center and then take Generals Highway (Route 198) through to the Sequoia National Park and Lodgepole Visitor Center. Continue on Route 198 through the Giant Sequoia forests, Moro Rock , Hospital Rock and then down to the Foothills Visitor Center and the Ash Mountain Entrance. You can also come East from Visalia California on Highway 198 for the Sequoia National Park entrance and do this route in reverse. Public transportation is as follows: Commercial Air Service is through Fresno. Car rental from the airports gives you the best access to the many park attractions. Bus service is available from Visalia. Note that internal Park bus service is extensive. You best transportation is via a car rental from the airport or the Amtrak Station. Car rental link. Train service is available via Amtrak to Fresno.
How to get around the parks?
The area is captivating in nature’s splendor. Best option is to stay in the Park Lodges or at Park Campsites or the hotels and walk, or rather hike, to the attractions. The trail system is extensive. Giant Sequoia trees are abundant as are mountains, rivers and wterfalls. An excellent alternative is to take the Park Shuttle buses. Bus service is available from Visalia. Note that internal Park bus service is extensive.
Where to stay?
ACCOMOCATIONS: Outside the Park but nearby are Sequoia Lodge (Family Camp Style all inclusive place) , Buckeye Tree Lodge and Gateway Restaurant and Lodge.
Inside the Park stay at three fantastic Lodges: The Wuksachi Lodge, John Muir Lodge, Cedar Grove Lodge and Grant Grove Lodge. For reservations go to Kings Canyon & Sequoia Lodges.
For a wilder experience, you also have the option of Camping . The Parks and the surrounding National Forests have multiple campgrounds: Go online at Kings Canyon / Sequoia Campgrounds to reserve a spot at one of the campgrounds. Extensive campgrounds are found at Half Dome Village and the Pines. Several of the campgrounds are found near groves of giant sequoia trees.
Horseback riding : Horses are available at various locations including Grant Grove and Cedar Grove areas of Kings Canyon National Park.