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“Good campsite and good base for the park” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lodgepole Campground

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One-half mile east of Lodgepole Visitor Center, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Good campsite and good base for the park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

My son and I stayed at Lodgepole for a couple of nights in Sept this year. The campsite was fine, with decent toilets, nearby watertaps and fire pits for each site. Our site had reasonable space for our 2 tents and wasn't hemmed in by other sites unlike some campsites in France where they try and cram in as many tents as possible. All in all a pleasant stay and it proved a good base for exploring the park

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We had a camp site near the river so we were quite private. The sites near the river are better if you are travelling as a couple and are in an rv. Saw a deer come right up to the camp site which was an added bonus. Very friendly staff and the use of a shuttle to the sequoia trees is very convenient.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Keswick, Ontario, Canada
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at campsite 199, it was a good campsite as here were no people behind us, just rocks. We say some other campsites that looked even more secluded and beside the river. I think they were sites 132 or 134. I would stay there next time. More private, lots of trees and right beside the river. The entrance to tokopah falls trail is right beside the bridge and I highly recommend doing that hike! We went early in the morning (around 7am and saw bears and deer everywhere!)

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had sites 130-141 because our group was so large. We booked on the first day we could, right at 8 am to get these sites. They are gorgeous, right on the creek/river, which is currently dry, but the watering home is walking distance and provided so much entertainment for all the kids in our group ages 3-15. We saw deer and blue jays and more. Very beautiful and clean with pay showers a like away. Literally no bugs and cool breezes and shade at all times! Highly recommend!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mission Viejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

No doubt, Lodgepole campground is by far the better campground for families, with great facilities, convenience and amenities. It's just like at home except that you are camping in the higher altitude forest which is cooler and has tall trees and river. Try to set camp away from the camp sites that are grouped together if you have a choice, e.g. sites 129 - 142. These sites are so close together that you can hear breathing from your neighbors. We camped near there for two nights (in early August) but for me I couldn't get to sleep till after 1 AM because there were at least 4-5 families that camped together with kids running around, music blasting, and the jovial laughing, singing and talking till 1. Don't think rangers care much about enforcing quiet time. But, what the hack, still enjoyed the park tremendously.

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Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We have been to Lodgpole several times in the past and went again during the last week of August 2013. Obviously, traveling there late in the season, coupled with a lighter than normal snowfall, assured us that the Tokopow (sp) Falls would be down to a trickle, which they were.
Due to the presence of bear lockers for the past few years, it seems as though the black bears have moved elsewhere to seek food, as we neither saw nor heard of any bear activity within the campground. I do have one complaint. In the campsites restroom where we stayed (Site # 187) there was very little space for one to stand and brush their teeth. Most went outside to brush. Also,there was only one sink. Also, there was no shelf to place a shaving kit which, not that I wanted to shave, but I needed space to place my tooth paste, meds, etc. Most other campsites have a small shelf to place these items. At the least, I would recommend a small shelf on the wall adjacent to the sink. The food was plentiful in the store and had just about anything one would need for a pleasant trip. The staff were friendly. The Rangers were visible every day and night which provided a sense of security for my wife. Enjoy your trip.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Lodgepole for two days and tent camped. Running water, toilets and sinks are very accessible in the park. Campsites are fairly close together but sites towards the back of the campground have a bit more privacy. All sites have bear bins and these are essential as we saw one bear at the adjacent site while we were there. You can actually hike right from the campground to the Giant Sequoia area via the Lodgepole to Sherman trail and connecting trails... and then the awesome part is that you can take a free shuttle back to the campground if you're pooped out from exploring. There's another great trail right from the campground along the creek bed that heads up to a huge granite amphitheater with beautiful scenery. I'd definitely stay here if I come back to the park.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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