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Overview of Potwisha Campground

Potwisha Campground is a popular camping destination located within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California. The campground is situated at 2,100 feet (640 meters) in elevation, offering a warmer climate year-round than some of the park's higher elevations. It's an ideal base for those looking to explore the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Camping Details

Number of Sites: Potwisha Campground has 42 sites, accommodating both tents and RVs up to 24 feet in length.

Season: The campground is generally open year-round, but exact dates can vary, and some facilities may be closed in winter.

Reservations: Reservations are highly recommended, especially during peak season (summer and holidays). They can be made up to six months in advance through the National Park Service's reservation system.

Fees: There is a nightly fee to camp at Potwisha, which is subject to change. Be sure to check the latest fees when you are making your reservation.

Facilities and Amenities

Restrooms: Flush toilets are available in the campground.

Water: Potable water is accessible throughout the site.

Food Storage: Bear-proof food storage boxes are provided at each campsite. Proper food storage is mandatory to protect both wildlife and campers.

Picnic Tables and Fire Rings: Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring with a grill.

RV Dump Station: There is a dump station available for RVs, but no individual site hookups for water or electricity.

Activities and Attractions

Hiking: There are several trails accessible from or near the campground. Popular hikes include the Marble Falls Trail and the trail to Moro Rock.

Wildlife Viewing: The park is home to diverse wildlife, including black bears, which visitors may see during their stay.

Sightseeing: Key attractions like the Giant Forest, home to some of the world's largest trees, are within a short drive from the campground.

Camping Tips and Regulations

Wildlife Safety: As bears are active in the area, campers must follow all food and trash storage regulations.

Fire Safety: Campfires are usually allowed within the provided fire rings, but restrictions can be put in place during times of high fire danger. Check for current fire regulations.

Pets: Pets are allowed within the campground but must be leashed. They are not permitted on trails, in buildings, or in the wilderness areas.

Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are typically enforced from 10 PM to 6 AM.

Accessibility: Check specific sites for ADA accessibility if required.

Check-in/Check-out: There are set times for check-in and check-out; ensure you are aware of these to avoid any inconvenience.

Getting There

Potwisha Campground is located off the Generals Highway (198), about four miles (6.4 kilometers) from the Ash Mountain entrance to Sequoia National Park.

By Car: Visitors can reach the park from the north via Highway 180 or from the south via Highway 198.

Transportation Within the Park: The free Sequoia Shuttle operates within the park, providing transportation to various points of interest during peak season.


For current conditions, closures, and any other time-sensitive information, always check with the National Park Service or the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks' official website before beginning your camping trip. It's important to plan ahead and be prepared for a safe and enjoyable outdoor adventure in these stunning natural settings.

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