Generals Highway is a rustic mountain road which winds through the scenic
western edge of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Constructed
during 1921-1935 as a major transportation route, the highway was still
greatly influenced by topography and points of scenic and historic
interest. It travels through four distinct areas: Ridgetop, Switchback,
Kaweah Canyon, and the Big Tree Area. Each offers unique road
characteristics and visual experiences.
In the area from Giant Forest to the General Sherman Tree the road blends
into the gently rolling terrain with wide sweeping curves. The visitor's
experience along this corridor is dominated by the Giant Sequoias, and the
spatial sense of enclosure created by the trees' height and crowns.