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Camping at Belknap Campground

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Belknap Campground is situated within the boundaries of Sequoia National Forest, which adjoins Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California. Not to be confused with the campgrounds of the national parks, this forest campground offers a different experience closer to nature, with fewer amenities than its national park counterparts.

Location and Access

Belknap Campground is specifically located in the Tule River District of the Sequoia National Forest. The access to the campground typically involves mountain driving; therefore, roads can be narrow and winding. Most visitors will use the Western Divide Highway to reach the area. Conditions can vary, so checking road status, especially after weather events, is crucial.

Camping Information

  • Campsites: Belknap Campground generally features campsites suitable for tent camping, small travel trailers, and RVs, although size limitations may apply due to the smaller and more rustic nature of the campground.

  • Facilities: Basic facilities such as vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings/grills are usually provided. However, running water may not always be available, so be sure to pack sufficient supplies.

  • Fees and Reservations: There are fees for camping, typically collected on-site or through a reservation system. It’s always a good idea to check if the campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis or if reservations are required or available through Recreation.gov or similar services.

  • Seasonality: The campground is usually open on a seasonal basis depending on snow levels and weather, often from spring to late fall. Always check the current status before planning a trip as access can be impeded by snow or downed trees.

  • Campfire Permits: Due to the risk of forest fires, campfire permits may be required for stove or campfire use. These permits are sometimes available online or from local ranger stations.


  • Hiking: Being in Sequoia National Forest, Belknap provides access to a network of trails suitable for various skill levels. The trailheads near the campground can lead to scenic vistas, groves of giant sequoias, and mountain streams.

  • Fishing: If located near a water source such as the Tule River, fishing may be a popular activity. Be sure to check for any fishing license requirements and adhere to local regulations regarding catch limits and seasons.

  • Wildlife Watching: The area is rich in wildlife, offering chances to see animals like deer, bears, and various bird species. Always observe wildlife from a safe distance and store food securely to avoid attracting bears.

Safety and Regulations

  • Wildlife Caution: Campers should take precautions to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife by using bear-proof containers and following forest guidelines for food storage.

  • Leave No Trace: The principles of Leave No Trace are encouraged to preserve the natural environment, including proper disposal of waste and minimizing the impact of your stay.

  • Weather Preparedness: Mountain weather can change quickly, so be prepared with appropriate clothing and gear for a range of conditions.

Contact Information

For the most up-to-date information, contacting the Sequoia National Forest's Ranger District responsible for the Belknap Campground is recommended:

  • Forest Supervisor's Office: Usually the main contact point for general information.
  • Local Ranger Station: Can provide specific details about the Belknap Campground, current conditions, and any alerts or restrictions.

by checking their official website or calling directly prior to your trip.

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