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“Great Campground for Families” 5 of 5 stars
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One-half mile east of Lodgepole Visitor Center, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA   |  
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San Diego, California
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“Great Campground for Families”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This campground has it all. It's near ranger-led programs, the shuttle, the Tokopah Falls trail, has creek access to many of the campsites. Plus, you can make reservations in advance. Since it was at high elevation, during this summer's drought we were still able to have a campfire. We enjoyed staying here and plan to come back soon! For $10, you couldn't ask for more.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This place is 21 miles into the national park on a very windy road so not for the faint hearted to get to after dark which is what we ended up doing. But when we did wake up in the morning the sight was amazing, the trees surrounded the tents and the rivers could be heard. The bear boxes are great and the local grocery store and information centre are very friendly and well equipped. It says you can't get any gas in the park so be prepared but when you pass from the Park to the Forest there is a small place on the main highway where you can get some.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

A couple's tradition is to go camping at least once a year and bring the extended family. I have to say this is by far one of the BEST campsites we have stayed in (next to Yosemite, Tuolumne Meadows). First off, it is in high elevation. As usual, my husband & I along with the older adults got altitude sickness (look it up before you go to any campsite that has high elevation, being prepared helps). I tried to get a site near the river but we got close to it (campsite 157 & 159).

Several positives about this campground are:
1) Campsites are close enough to each other that if you don't get a group site, booking next to each other or across will be just the same.
2) Their restrooms have light during the night compared to Yosemite where there was no light.
3) The river is an awesome place to hangout and just relax. It is very close by.
4) Shuttle buses are walking distance to use for hiking in other locations.
5) The convenience store/general market is also walking distance with food & general merchandise.
6) Shower is also near the general market (though we didn't use).
7) Storage lockers are big enough to fit a big cooler like ours (70 qt).
8) Ample parking for extra cars.
9) Rangers are friendly.
10) Kids love it!
11) Dogs are allowed...bring your 4 legged best friend :)
Need I go on...

Room Tip: Every campsite is a good site! You can't go wrong.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Moab, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Just the physical locale of this place makes it worth AT LEAST 4 stars! You're in the mountains, among some of the largest trees on earth with plenty of trails, creeks, rivers, meadows and views. Yes, some of the campsites are rather exposed, close to each other and without much privacy but considering the popularity of such a beautiful place, would you rather have a less than stellar campsite or no campsite at all. Regarding a poor campsite, choose your tent location wisely. Is there a particular spot where your tent may somewhat block the view of your neighbors? To afford a little more privacy, I always pack a second tent to use for just such campsites, pitching it in a spot that will provide another visual barrier to my neighbors. Have fun, be safe!

Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Frankfurt, Germany
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38 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Wonderful location surrounded by trees, some spots close to the river, perfect starting point for hiking tours and the main attractions in Sequioa.
Shop and visitor center nearby. Facilities for RVs are basic (none), toilets and showers were o.k. and quite clean.
Only one loop was opened and full so we stayed on the car park, close to the river with a fire pit for barbecue next to our RV.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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California
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I have camped many, many places in my lifetime and this is one of my top three so far! My friend and I drove from the central coast of cali to Lodge Pole in one day and we only stayed here for one night. (The next day we started off on a backpacking trip.) But the time spent at Lodge Pole was so enjoyable that my friend brought her family and friends back to stay again!
The camp sites are not boxed up like a checkerboard but rather they are nestled in their own secluded spots. All sites have bear lockers and are highly enforced because we did see a bear the morning we woke up. There is a visitors center right outside the campgrounds and the hosts are well informed. The restrooms and facilities for the center have running water and flushing toilets, no porta-potties. Sleeping there was great (really depends on your sleeping equipment) but all major rowdy camp neighbors were asked to keep it down by the camp host at about 10pm. :)
The general vibe and terrain is by far amazing! I highly recommend this campsite to many if you are looking for a convenient but still outdoorsy experience. Oh, and you cannot beat the prices. However make sure to enter the park on a full tank of gas. We entered the park from the West (driving through Fresno) and filled up in Fresno so as to avoid the more expensive gas stops right before you enter the park. The winding road to Lodge Pole is a long one so please fill up. There are gas stations in the park, I believe, but it's overpriced due to location.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

We booked our spot two months in advance. Spaces were limited to six spots. We checked out cmpsitephotos.com because we had never been there and really wanted to have an idea of what we were in for. Originally we were stuck with a spot near the front entrance with no shade or privacy but we wanted to see Sequoia so bad we took what we could get. Then after checking back I saw #124 had opened up so I immediately called & made the switch. Soooo glad I did. This spot was right near the waterfall in the very back of the park. Full shade! We never ran out of things to do or see. Fortunately we didn't have any bears visit but we did wake up to a beautiful buck on our last morning just feet away from our tent. I would recommend this place to anyone. I plan on returning every year from here on out.
The only negative thing for us was a group of four families with eight toddlers had booked right next to us so it got a bit loud but hey...camping is for everyone young & old. It was just a bit too loud for my taste. All in all it was still an awesome stay and we'll worth the 5 hr trip

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: One-half mile east of Lodgepole Visitor Center, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Ranked #3 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Number of rooms: 205
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