National Parks and National Forests

When you visit this area, you pass through lands that may have different regulations, because they are managed by two different agencies - the National Park Service (NPS) and the US Forest Service (USFS). Driving between Lodgepole in Sequoia National Park and Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park, you pass through Sequoia National Forest. The same is true when you drive from Grant Grove to Cedar Grove.


In Parks

In National Forest


Pets are not allowed on trails. They are allowed in developed areas (picnic areas, campgrounds, and on roads that are open to vehicle traffic), and must be on a leash at all times.

Pets can go on trails.

In both national parks and national forests, pets must be on a leash less than 6 feet (1.8 m) long. Don't leave pets in hot cars.


Collecting natural objects such as pine cones, rocks, plants, and animals is not allowed in the parks. Leave everything to play its natural role in the ecosystem.

Gathering a few cones or rocks for personal use is permitted.

Archeological sites and artifacts are protected by law.


Campfires are only allowed in fire grills in campgrounds and some picnic areas. Restrictions change; always check fire restrictions before you come.

Campfires may be allowed under a wilderness permit for backpackers/stock users: Minimum Impact Regulations

Learn why bringing firewood in from far away is not advised: Firewood Task Force

Free fire permits are required outside picnic area grills and campgrounds, even for gas stoves and lanterns. Get permits in Grant Grove, Kings Canyon Visitor Center or the USFS Hume Lake office in Dunlap on Hwy 180 (559-338-2251).
Sequoia National Forest & Giant Forest National Monument


Permitted during the season; a California fishing license is required for ages 16 and up. Check park fishing regulations for exceptions to state regulations.

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.

Cut Wood

Not in the Parks.

Call Hume Lake Ranger District for permit and guidelines: (559) 338-2251.

Ride Bicycles or

Keep bikes on roads only, not on any trail.

Ask a ranger which trails permit bicycles.

Be careful and courteous near pedestrians and horses. People under 18 must wear a helmet.


There are numerous designated picnic sites in the parks and National Forest. See the park map on page 8 of the park newspaper or visit the picnic page.

Drive Off-Road

Not in either area. Stay on roads.


Camp only in numbered sites in designated campgrounds.

In campgrounds or, unless posted otherwise, near roadsides. Pull safely off the road and no further.

Ride Horses

Rides by-the-hour, backcountry spot trips, and guides at:

Cedar Grove
(559) 565-3464 summer
(559) 337-2314 off season

Grant Grove
(559) 335-9292 summer
(559) 337-2314 off season

Horse Corral
On Big Meadows Road in Sequoia National Forest
(559) 565-3404 summer
(559) 564-6429 off season

(559) 679-3573 cell

Last updated: September 9, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271


(559) 565-3341

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