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This is the Giant Forest area about midway down the General's Highway, which is the main park road in Sequoia Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon

47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers, California 93271
Park is open all year. Some facilities & roads closed in winter.
559-565-3341 1 day
September 2009 Fall, Spring
$10-29 Three Rivers California
Website Nature National Parks
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are famous for giant sequoia trees. The parks contain the largest sequoia trees in the world including the General Sherman Tree which is the largest living thing in the world. Sequoia was established in 1890 and is the second oldest national park in the US. Kings Canyon was created in 1940. The parks are contiguous and administered as one unit. Together they are 865,257 acres.

The size of a giant sequoia tree is hard to grasp until you see one up close. The General Sherman Tree is 274 feet tall and over 100 feet in circumference! It’s equivalent in size to a 26-story building. To see the giant sequoias and other park highlights you can start at Grant Grove which includes the third largest sequoia tree. Rangers may be available here to answer questions. Further south on the park road is the General Sherman Tree. The main park road is undergoing repairs possibly for years so call in advance to get a schedule of road closures. There are more sequoias at the Giant Forest and you can learn about them at the Giant Forest Museum. If time permits, you can walk to the top of Moro Rock for good views. With an extra day you can see Kings Canyon and Crystal Cave. The road to Kings Canyon is closed in winter, but the canyon is scenic and usually not crowded. The 3 mile long Crystal Cave is the only cave open for tours.

Spending a day or two at these parks is a great way to see the largest trees in the world and to enjoy some rugged and unspoiled mountain scenery. The parks offer more than sequoia trees, but walking through a stately grove of ancient sequoia trees is an unforgettable experience.
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