There are endless natural wonders to explore in Sequoia National Park, from its namesake ancient sequoia trees to foothills, canyons, and rivers. If you’re not sure where to start your trip in Sequoia National Park and the adjacent Kings Canyon National Park, here are a few of the main points of interest.
This vast grove of ancient sequoia trees is an absolute must-see on any visit to Sequoia National Park. Home to more than 8,000 sequoias, the Giant Forest holds the most sequoias in the entire park. You’ll feel dwarfed by the sheer magnitude of these enormous trees.
General Sherman Tree
The General Sherman Tree is the world’s largest tree by volume. You may have to wait in line to take a photo with this magnificent tree, but even at a distance there’s no denying the General Sherman Tree’s greatness. The tree is accessible via a short half-mile hike.
The most impressive waterfalls in Sequoia National Park, the Tokopah Falls are certainly worth a visit. At 1,200 feet tall, these falls are composed of a network of smaller falls. The hike to Tokopah Falls guides you along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River and is just over 4 miles round trip.
You’ll be astonished by Sequoia National Park’s incredible Crystal Cave. This underground marble cavern is filled with fascinating rock formations characterized by colorful natural minerals. Take a tour of Crystal Cave to learn about its age-old history.
Pass through Tunnel Log, a tunnel carved into an enormous 2,000 year old tree. The tree fell naturally across the road in 1937, and the park has since created a tunnel large enough to fit a car to allow visitors to pass through. This unique sight cannot be experienced anywhere else!
Head up to Moro Rock for breathtaking views over Sequoia National Park and the Great Western Divide. This rigorous hike or climb is certainly worth it for the rewarding panoramic vistas at the top.
The gorgeous Crescent Meadow is a peaceful natural respite in the heart of Sequoia National Park. Get here via the Crescent Meadow Loop, which is a 1.8 mile hike that shows off a number of the park’s finest highlights. If you’re visiting in the summer, you’ll catch a beautiful natural display of wildflowers here as well.