South Fork Campground
South Fork Campground is located 13 miles (21 km) from Highway 198 on South Fork Drive, which turns off in Three Rivers. This remote and primitive campground is situated in the foothills on the South Fork of the Kaweah River at the transition from oaks to evergreens. The campground is at 3,600 ft (1,100 m) elevation at the end of a road that dead-ends at the campground and two park trailheads. Portions of the road are dirt and very rough. Cars with low clearance are not recommended. To drive to other parts of Sequoia National Park from the South Fork, go back to Three Rivers and continue up Highway 198. In summer, fire restrictions are often in effect in this campground due to high temperatures and dry conditions.
This campground has 10 sites and is open to tent camping year-round. RVs and trailers are not allowed. From May 23 – October 9, 2017, there is a fee of $12 per night. Outside of those dates, the water system is not operational and there is no fee for camping. Campsites are first-come, first-served. Reservations are not available for this campground.
Amenities or Services
South Fork Campground has vault toilets. No drinking water is available, though non-potable water is available from May 24 to October 11, 2017. No water is available from October 12, 2016 until the May 2018 opening.
The campground is located near two park trailheads: Ladybug and Garfield Sequoia Grove trails. The hikes are multi-mile uphill climbs through oak and evergreen forests to get to trail destinations.
The campground is near the South Fork of the Kaweah River. Groceries and restaurants are available in Three Rivers. The Foothills Visitor Center is approximately 1 hour away, and Giant Forest is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on traffic.
You are required to store food properly in order to protect bears. Each campsite has a large food storage locker (47”W x 33”D x 28”H) that is resistant to bears when properly latched. Learn more about bears and food storage in the parks.
Pets are permitted within the campground, but must be leashed at all times. Learn more about pet regulations.
For more information about local conditions, call 559-565-3341.
Last updated: August 15, 2018