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“Nature Wonderland With Clean Bathrooms” 5 of 5 stars
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Los Aneles, CA
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nature Wonderland With Clean Bathrooms”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is the perfect "tweener" (not the age) camping experience! If you do not want to get dirty, see a bug or sleep in a tent-STAY AWAY! On the "flip" side, if having clean nearby restrooms and a comfortable general store with all the amenities is not really "camping"-STAY AWAY! For the middle audience, this is PERFECTION! We have been coming every year for 28 years with and without kids-great views, wonderful smells, local swimming holes, great food, sleeping to the soothing river flow! The daytime weather is a nearly perfect 73-77% (but be prepared for nights of 40-50 degrees). The Sequoia/Lodgepole trees, granite laced mountains and Kaweah River (though low this year) are wonders of nature. The hiking trail to Topokah Falls is a delightful and easy 3.4 miles "round-trip" trek from the campground. The nearby Lakes trails are moderate but "breathtaking"-3 pristine lake masterpieces (Heather, Emerald and Pear) on a 6.2 mile trip-take a lunch and spend the day. Also, there is Crystal Cave, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree (largest in the world), and if you are lucky-BEARS! The only thing missing are the hideous Yosemite crowds and car exhaust! A continual GEM of a camping experience!

Room Tip: For next year reserve ahead of time right on the Kaweah River!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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51 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 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.

Room Tip: Pick a campsite near the creek. There are plenty that are close-just look at a map. We were in cam...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Williwillinui
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London, England, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 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
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4 Thank hille28
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San Francisco, California
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139 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 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
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Sierra City, California
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19 reviews
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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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74 reviews
50 hotel reviews
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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.

Room Tip: Only one loop was opened and full so we stayed on the car park, close to the river with a fire pit f...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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California
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22 reviews
7 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
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Property: Lodgepole Campground
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 #2 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Number of rooms: 205
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