Activities in national parks
What is there to do in the parks?
When you visit Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (NPS), you will probably pass through – and perhaps stop – in neighboring National Forest (USFS). Though similar in some ways, these areas have some different goals, so there are some differing rules. Some activities may be illegal in the Park but legal in the Forest. Check this list out for starters, and call the park (559-565-3341) if you have questions:
Where can I:
•WALK A PET?
In National Parks: Not on trails but it’s ok in developed areas ( picnic areas, campgrounds, roads).
In National Forest: Pets can go on trails. In both areas: Pets must be on a leash less than 6 feet (1.8m) long. Don’t leave pets in hot cars.
• FEED WILDLIFE?
Not in either area! Animals become unnaturally dependent. Some can be dangerous and may have to be killed. Some can carry disease. Roadside beggars get hit by cars.
• GO CAMPING?
In National Parks: Only in numbered sites in designated campgrounds.
In National Forest: In campgrounds or, unless posted otherwise, near roadsides. Pull safely off the road & no further.
• HAVE A FIRE?
In National Parks: Only in fire grills in campgrounds & some picnic areas.
In National Forest: Fire permits are required outside picnic area grills & campgrounds. Get one at Grant Grove Visitor Center or the USFS office in Dunlap on Hwy 180.
• COLLECT THINGS?
Not in National Parks: Leave everything to play its natural role in the ecosystem.
In National Forest: Gathering a few cones or rocks for personal use is permitted. In both areas: Archeological sites & artifacts are protected by law.
Not in either area. Stay on roads.
• CUT WOOD?
Not in the National Parks.
In National Forest: Call Hume Lake Ranger District for permit & guidelines: 559-338-2251.
• GO FISHING?
In both areas: Permitted during the season; a California fishing license is required for ages 16 & up. Get copies of park-specific regulations at any visitor center.
• RIDE SNOWMOBILES?
Not in the National Parks.
In National Forest: Only on designated snowmobile routes. Snowmobile trailheads are at Big Meadows, Quail Flat & Cherry Gap.
• GO PICNICKING?
Look for picnic symbols on the map you get when you enter the park, or click here to find a Maps link. Never leave food unattended!
Most sites have tables, restrooms & fire grills, except: No fire grills at Foothills & Sandy Cove. No fires permitted at Lodgepole & Crescent Meadow. No water at Grizzly Falls, Halstead, & Powdercan.
• RIDE A BICYCLE?
In National Parks: Keep bikes on roads only, not on any trail.
In National Forest: Ask a ranger which trails permit bicycles. In both areas: Be careful & courteous near pedestrians & horses. People under 18 must wear a helmet.