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“Perfect location” 4 of 5 stars
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA   |  
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New Haven, CT
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“Perfect location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

One of the best things Princess Campground has going for it is its location, halfway between Kings Canyon and Sequoia Natl. Parks. From Princess, we were able to spend one full day in each park without driving too far. It's also near Hume Lake, the only place to swim in either park (safely--people swim, and drown, in the rivers every year). The campground itself was nicely maintained, with reasonably private sites on wooded lots. I would recommend staying away from the group sites, which were noisy when we were there (though camp hosts patrolled and presumably were responsible for settling them down). There are lots of complaints in the comments about the pit toilets. We are seasoned tent campers, and I had no objection to them. They are newer composting toilets, and if people follow the directions and keep the lids closed, they are totally tolerable. You'll have to wash dishes and clean up in your own site. Campfires were not allowed due to dry conditions, which is why our tents are so close to the fire pit in the photo. There might be room for just one tent if the fire pit were in use.

Room Tip: We liked the farthest loop. We were in site 83, which was reasonably private. Sites on the outer sid...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This was my family and I first trip to the Sequoias.Princess campground was in the perfect location for this trip.We were in campsite #90 which was shaded early morning & evening.Well maintained flat campsites.Not having showers,sink,or flushing toilets sucked.They did clean the Vaults daily.The proximity to Hume Lake (10min) & Grants Grove (15min) was perfect.Go to Sandy cove beach @ the lake through the christian camp section.Grants grove was amazing!The General Grant tree is perfectly framed for viewing.Any one in the family can easily walk to it.Both Hume lake & Grants grove have stores for any food items and restrooms/showers.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Reno, NV
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

My daughter works the summers at Hume Lake Christian Camp so my wife and I along with my other daughter and her husband camped here due to its proximity to Hume. Most of the sites are well laid out and spacious. We had a great time with so much to do in the area. My only head-scrather was the bathrooms. A couple of prior posts mentioned how clean and wonderful they were. Our women actually found the glorified outhouses to be nearly intolerable. None of the girls are "prissy" yet they found the bathrooms disgusting. Oh well. Highly recommend the hike to the Muir Grove to see the big trees in their natural environment.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pasadena ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

What a BEAUTIFUL and immaculate campground; exceeded our expectations having camped in numerous campgrounds (Yosemite, Lake Cachuma, Bishop, San Clemente, Refugio, Malibu, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, high and low desert areas of CA and many more).

Heavily wooded, nicely elevated fairly spacious campground with giant Sequoias everywhere.Brand new picnic tables and fire pits and paved road.Even the vault toilets are new, and that means that they are not flushing toilets.Considering the 'pit toilet' memories I have of other campgrounds, if you must go to a non flush toilet campground then this one is ALMOST worth goint.It is much much better, but still.

As you enter there is a magnificent meadow with a pond like Yosemite.It is close by to Grant Grove with a famous Sequoia landmark.There are hookups for RVS which I would definately want if we stayed here again.There are no flush toilets, sinks or showers.That is a deal breaker for me as I am sad because my family loved it t here so much.

Room Tip: Ask to be in a campground away from the road and at least three campsites from the bathroom.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2009

We stay in Sequioa several times a year and high recommend this campground. Kudos to camp hosts, bathrooms are emacuate at all times, they are friendly and helpful. Proximity to Hume Lake is great and they are able to accommodate our 31 foot trailer (Hume lake campground was pretty tight to get into). Hume Lake fishing was awesome in June 2008

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2008

We are are frequent visitors to Sequoia National Park and were hoping to find open sites at Dorst Creek for our last minute excursion. We were fortunate to find space at Princess campground and much to our surprise we were very happy with the camp.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by our very friendly camp hosts - Juanita and Fernando. They were very helpful in identifying each site's characteristics and amenities and assisting us in selecting a site. They offer reasonably priced firewood.

The sites are well layed out with many large sequoia and conifers providing ample shade. Our "neighbors" were approximately 40 feet in any direction which provided plenty of space for the kids to play. Campfires/fire rings were always cleaned between campers. Not all sites have bear proof storage boxes so plan accordingly.

There was ample potable water throughout the campground very close to each site. The pit toilets were the cleanest (and freshest) I have ever used! It appears the campground was remodeled in the last few years.

There are plenty of hiking trails near the campground and swimming spots at nearby Hume Lake. However, the campground is rather far from some of the scenic points of interest (Crystal caves, Sherman Tree, etc) in the park. There is a general store at Hume Lake for any overlooked items.

Without doubt, this is one of the best campgrounds in Sequoia Park.

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — No showers
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2007

After arriving at Hume Lake Campground at 1:30a.m. to find it full, we headed for Princess Campgound which is 3 miles away (we had no reservation). Luckily, I had heard that there were usually spaces at Princess campground. We found a spot easily, and set up our tent trailer, getting to bed at 3:30a.m. not knowing exactly what our surroundings would look like in the light of day. Boy were we in for a treat! our level spot was under young Sequoias and Pine trees with a 30 foot tall Sequoia stump on one side and a piece of a tree on the other side. The site we were in had no one for 50 feet on either side!

The pit toilet bathrooms were the cleanest I have ever seen, with potable water access scattered throughout the campground. There are several loops, some closer to the highway than others. All in all, one of the best run, cleanest campgrounds I have ever been to. The Ranger patrols on a regular basis to make sure that no one is getting out of hand, and occasionally there were some noisy families that obviously had no idea how their voices carried in the still of the woods.

Campfires are still being allowed in the fire rings, even with the high fire danger, but beware if you go that they are very serious about making sure that your fire is completely put out or you will have a hefty fine.

Don't miss Hume Lake, swimming in spots along the Kings River (water is low) towards Cedar Grove, swimming at the pool below the Roaring River Falls, Grants Grove Sequoias or Redwood Grove hiking in the Sequoias.

  • Liked — The Trees!
  • Disliked — No Showers
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Ranked #11 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Number of rooms: 88
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Princess Campground Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
California Campground Princess

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