At 2,500-3,000 feet above sea level, the foothills of Sequoia National Park are usually hot and dry in summer and cool and wet in winter, with occasional light snow. In this area, trails lead to oak woodlands, river canyons, and spring wildflowers. In summer, fire restrictions are often in effect at these campgrounds due to high temperatures and dry conditions.
This campground has 42 sites and is open year-round to tents, RVs, and trailers. Reservations are available in summer and fall. The campground is near the Kaweah River and 15 minutes past Foothills Visitor Center. A 45-minute winding drive leads to the Giant Forest sequoia grove (vehicles over 22 feet are not advised between Potwisha Campground and Giant Forest).
Buckeye Flat Campground's 28 sites are open for tent camping only from early spring through late fall. RVs and trailers are not permitted. Reservations are available in summer and fall. The campground is near the Kaweah River, 20 minutes east of Foothills Visitor Center or a 40-minute drive to the Giant Forest. In 2018, this campground is scheduled be open from March 21 - September 26.
This remote primitive campground has 10 sites and is open to tent camping year-round. South Fork is 45 minutes from the town of Three Rivers, a one-hour drive from the main entrance to Sequoia National Park, and two hours from the Giant Forest Museum. RVs and trailers are not permitted, and no drinking water is available. In 2018, a nightly fee of $12 will be charged when the water system is in operation from May 23 through October 10. For the remainder of the year, there is no fee for camping.