What's In the Foothills Area, Winter

Foothills Visitor Center: Open year-round. One mile north of Ash Mountain park entrance at Highway 198. Exhibits on the foothills environment. Local wilderness permits, bear canisters, books, maps, and first aid. Hours of operation vary with season. For information call 1-559-565-3135.

Other visitor centers...

You are in black bear country. Food storage is required. Tables, food-storage boxes, restrooms, drinking water, 6 people and 1 vehicle per site. No reservations. See the link for information on other campgrounds in the parks.

Potwisha: Elevation 2100'. Open year-round. On Generals Highway, 4 miles north of Highway 198/park entrance. Restrooms, drinking water, RV disposal stations, 42 sites.

South Fork: Open year-round. On South Fork Road, 12 miles east of Highway 198. Pit toilets, no drinking water, 13 sites. Not recommended for trailers/RVs. No fee in winter.

Buckeye Flat: Elevation 2800'. Closed mid-September through mid-spring. One mile via a side road from Hospital Rock (6 miles from Highway 198/park entrance). Restrooms, drinking water, 28 sites. No trailers or RVs.

Other campgrounds...

Picnic Areas
In the foothills the picnic areas are open year-round. Tables, restrooms, drinking water: Ash Mountain: Across from visitor center. No fire pits. Hospital Rock: On Generals Highway, 6 miles north of Highway198/park entrance. Fire pits with grills.

Other picnic areas...

In the foothills, lodging is available only outside the park. In-park lodging is at higher elevations. Additional information on lodging see the link. Lodging information...

Crystal Cave
Closed in winter but opens mid-May (weather permitting) through mid-fall. Crystal Cave is a marble cavern within one of the ridges between the foothills and the Giant Forest. It is operated by the Sequoia Natural History Association (SNHA). Tickets are not sold at the cave; buy them at the Lodgepole or Foothills visitor centers. Tickets must be purchased 1-1/2 hours in advance. more...

Pictographs at Hospital Rock

Pictographs and mortars are visible signs at Hospital Rock that Native Americans lived in this area for hundreds if not thousands of years.

NPS Photo

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