• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

Getting Around


Please read important park alerts by clicking the red tab above before you come to the parks.

Two main roads take you through these parks:

  • The Generals Highway (connecting CA 198 to CA 180) enters the southwest boundary of Sequoia National Park at Ash Mountain and meets CA 180 in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park to the north.
  • The Kings Canyon Highway (CA 180) enters Kings Canyon National Park at Grant Grove, descends into the Kings Canyon, and stops at Roads End.
  • A free shuttle service operates in the Giant Forest area, in summer, and for a limited winter holiday schedule.

    For a small fee you can ride the Sequoia Shuttle from the city of Visalia to the Giant Forest Museum (summer only). Once at the museum explore the Giant Forest area on the free in-park shuttles.

 

Distances and Travel Times Within the Parks:

Starting Location Ending Location

Miles

Travel Time

Foothills Visitor Center

Giant Forest/Lodgepole

17/21

1 hr

Giant Forest Grant Grove

28

1 hr 15 min

Foothills Visitor Center Mineral King

28

1 hr 20 min

 

Driving Mountain Roads
Many roads within the parks are winding, steep and narrow. Be prepared for mountain conditions and road hazards. Read more about driving mountain roads...

 
Map showing roads in and around Sequoia and Kings Canyon Naitonal Parks
Only the western side of these parks has roads. No roads cross the parks from east to west.

Did You Know?

Yellow Star thistle

The yellow star thistle is one of many invasive and damaging non-native plants threatening the parks. It quickly takes over areas, displacing native plants and the native animals that rely on them. Please avoid bringing seeds and non-native plant materials into the parks. More...