Getting Around

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


Travel Time

Foothills Visitor Center

Giant Forest/Lodgepole


1 hr

Giant Forest Grant Grove


1 hr 15 min

Foothills Visitor Center Mineral King


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.

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