I wasn't sure what to expect from the campground closest to the main amenities in the middle of the park, but Lodgepole was excellent. First, it is right by the pay showers and the market and cafe. Second, it is very centrally located, important because we started the next day with Crystal Cave and finished in Kings Canyon (by the way, the Big Stump trail is well worth driving up to Kings Canton for, and the cave in Sequoia is very well preserved and definitely worth the ticket cost and the long side drive then steep hike from the parking lot). Those are the reasons we choose to stay at Lodgepole our second night instead of remaining at Potwisha, which was a less scenic campground but convenient to the 198 entrance for a late arrival. Lodgepole will be our go to for our next visit. Our tent site was right by the river, making it beautiful and cool. Some of the sites seemed close together, but we only had a site on one side of us and felt we had plenty of privacy. The ranger was very helpful and friendly in explaining to us how to pick and pay for a walk-up site. I'm not sure how it usually is, but we were able to get a great site for one night without a reservation on the first weekend in June. I'd recommend making a reservation to be safe though. Lodgepole is worth the forethought for convenience and scenery.