Activities

Are you seeking a small-town experience with beautiful country drives, wine tasting and outdoor adventures? How about diverse cultural experiences from museums and restaurants to festivals and celebrations? If you're not sure where you can find all of that in one place, you don't have to look much further! Fresno, California's year-round playground, offers all of this and much more!

Sequoia National Forest

 

Get Wet, Get Wild, See Big Trees, Explore…

Plan your visit to camp on the Sequoia National Forest! The Sequoia takes its name from the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, which grows in more than 33 groves on the forest's lower slopes. The Sequoia's landscape is as spectacular as its trees. Soaring granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons, roaring whitewater, and more await your discovery at the Sierra Nevada's southern end. Elevations range from 1,000 feet in the foothill region to peaks over 12,000 feet in the rugged high country, providing visitors with some of the most spectacular views of mountainous landscape in the entire west. Reservations can be made at: www.recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777.

SEE BIG TREES… In their natural range, old sequoias tower above the forest's canopy, where their conical crowns easily reach heights of 250 feet or more. Sequoia's massive trunks grow to an average of 15 feet across, shielded by thick, cinnamon-colored bark. These giants owe their colossal size to a rapid growth rate that lasts their entire life long – a span that ranges from 2,000 to 3,000 years or more. Where its rock'n: Bearskin Grove, Converse Basin Grove, Belknap Grove, Trail of 100 Giants, Freeman Creek Grove.

GET WET… White water paradise awaits you! Our wild and scenic rivers offer miles of excitement for rafts and kayaks. Commercial raft companies have trips available from easy to advanced. Canoes and inner tubes are not recommended. Also check out Lake Isabella for fishing and boating. Be safe! Where its rock'n: Kern River – North and South Forks, Kings River – Main and South Forks, Tule River.

GET WILD… and back to basics in our six wilderness areas. Find peace, solitude and natural beauty. No motorized vehicles, bicycles, wheeled deer carriers are permitted. Camping is not allowed within 100 feet of streams or lake to protect habitat. Travel only on foot or horseback.

  • Wilderness Map
  • Wilderness
  • Wilderness Trip Planning
  • Horseback Riding and Pack Stations – Miles of trails are available for horse travel. Bring your horse or hire a backcountry outfitter. The forest has horse camps and trailheads located in many areas. Where it's rock'n: Trailheads: Blackrock, Forks of the Kern, Jerky Meadow, Big Meadows & Clicks Creek. Horse Camps: Shake, Lewis & Horse Corral.

CAMP OUT… Get out and about at in our campgrounds, recreation rental cabins and fire lookouts.

EXPLORE… your National Forest. Opportunities for scenic enjoyment abound. The Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is a 50-mile route climbs through a giant sequoia forest and descends into one of North America's deepest canyons along State Highway 180. Where's it rock'n: Kings Canyon Scenic Byway , Western Divide Highway , Kern River Gorge , Hume Lake .

HIT THE TRAILS… There are hundreds of power-packing non-wilderness trails open to cycle use with some restrictions. Trail difficulties vary, check with Ranger District offices prior to riding.

LET IT SNOW… Winter is one of the best times to visit the Monument. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and showmobiling are popular activities. Snowmobiling is limited to road in the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Campgrounds

Cedar Bluff, CA

Cedar Bluff is located near Bass Lake and is under the management of the California Land Manangement.

Important Information
Reservations must be made at least one day in advance. Check-in at Bass Lake office. No all-terrain or off highway vehicles in the campground. Complete rules are available at the office, or on bulletin boards in the campground.

Directions
From Fresno, California, take Highway 41 north through Oakhurst. Turn right on Forest Road 222 (toward Bass Lake), keep right for 3.5 miles to the Bass Lake Campground office. Continue southeast on Forest Road 222 for approximately 2 3/4 miles to Cedar Bluff Campground.

For more information about the park, please call (559) 642-3212

Chilkoot

Chilkoot is open Mid-May to Mid-September, and is located 12 miles from Fresno, California, and is managed by the California Land Management. Firewood is sold on site. Complete rules are available at the office or on bulletin boards in the campground.

Important Information
Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance.
The camping fee includes entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle.
Additional fees for extra vehicles will be collected at the campground.
No all-terrain or off-highway vehicles allowed in the campground.

Directions

From Fresno:
Take Highway 41 through Oakhurst, California. Turn east on Forest Road 222 (Bass Lake turnoff) and continue on for 7 miles. Turn left onto Beashore Road, follow Beashore Road for 5 miles to the Chilkoot Campground.

For more information about the park, please call (559) 642-3212

Crane Valley

Open all year round in 2003, Crane Valley is located near Bass Lake. This campground is managed by the California Land Management.

Important Information
Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance. Check in at Bass Lake. No all-terrain or off-highway vehicles allowed in the campground. Complete rules are available at the office, or on bulletin boards in the campground. We value your comments. Please ask for a comment form.

Directions
From Fresno, California, take Highway 41 north through Oakhurst. Turn right on Forest Road 222, towards Bass Lake. Keep right for 3.5 miles to the campground.

Crane Valley
39900 Road 222
Bass Lake CA 93604

For more information about the park, please call (559) 642-3212

Forks Campground

Open from May, 2003 to mid-September 2003

Important Information
Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance. Go to Bass Lake Campground office for check in. The camping fee includes entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle, additional fees for extra vehicles will be collected at the campground. No all-terrain or off-highway vehicles in the campground.

Directions
From Fresno, California, take Highway 41 north through Oakhurst. Turn right on Forest Road 222 (toward Bass Lake), keep right for 3.5 miles to the Bass Lake Campground office. After registering continue on for approximately 1 1/4 miles to the Forks Campground.

For more information about the park, please call (559) 642-3212

Lupine

Open year round in 2003, Lupine Campground is operated by California Land Management.

Important Information
Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance.
Check in at the Bass Lake campground office before setting up camp.
The camping fee includes entry for one vehicle and one legally towed vehicle.
An extra vehicle fee will be collected at the campground.
No all-terrain or off-highway vehicles allowed in the campground.

Directions
From Highway 41, take Bass Lake turnoff, head southeast approximately 3.5 miles to the Bass Lake office. Continue approximately 2.75 miles to the Lupine Cedar Bluff Campground.

For more information about the park, please call (559) 642-3212

Recreation Point

Open all year round in 2003. Activities include lake swimming, fishing, water-skiing, and hiking. Nearest pay phone is across the street, at the campground registration office. Nearest gas and store is one mile east.

Important Information
Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance.
Check in at campground office.
No trailers or RVs are allowed in this campground.
No all-terrain or off-highway vehicles allowed in the campground.

Directions
From Fresno, California, take Highway 41 north through Oakhurst. Turn right on Forest Road 222 toward Bass Lake. Keep right for 3.5 miles to the campground registration office.

For more information about the park, please call (559) 642-3212

Spring Cove

Open from mid-May, 2003 to September, 2003. Spring Cove Campground is located in a mountainous environment with lakes, streams, and trees. Restrooms are provided, and firewood is available for sale at the site. Pay showers, laundry, gas, telephones, and a marina are available at nearby Millers Landing Resort. Popular activities include water-skiing, fishing, hiking, a local Indian museum in North Fork, and a local history museum in Oakhurst. Yosemite Valley is a short drive away.

This campground is operated by California Land Management.

Important Information
Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance.
Camping fee includes entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle.
Additional fee of $5 per night will be collected at the campground for any extra vehicles.
Check in at the registration office before setting up camp.
No all-terrain or off-highway vehicles allowed in the campground.

Directions
From Fresno, CA, take Highway 41 north to Oakhurst, take Bass Lake turnoff (Forest Road 222). Travel southeast about 3.5 miles to the Bass Lake Campground registration office. Keep to your left and travel another 4 miles to the campground.

For more information about the park, please call (559) 642-3212

Wishon Bass Lake

Open from early May 2003 to early September, 2003. No all-terrain or off-highway vehicles in the campground. The camping fee includes 1 vehicle and one towed camping unit, additional vehicle fees w be collected at the campground. Complete rules are available at the office or on bulletin boards in the campground. We value your comments. Please asK for a comment form.

Important Information
Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance. An additional fee will be collected on-site for second vehicle. Register prior to setting up camp. The camping fee included entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle. Additional fees for extra vehicles will be collected at the campground.

Directions
From Fresno, California, take Highway 41 north through Oakhurst. Turn right on Forest Road 222 toward Bass Lake. Keep right for 3.5 miles to the campground registration office. Keep left, and continue to the Wishon Bass Lake Campground.

Wishon Bass Lake
399000 Rd 222
Bass Lake, CA 93604

For more information about the park, please call (559) 642-3212

More Family Campgrounds

St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center

Main Location:
38526 Dunlap Rd.
Squaw Valley, 93675
559-338-2103

www.stnicholasranch.org

Good For:
Families,Groups

Wonder Valley Family Camp

Main Location:
6450 Elwood Rd.
Sanger, 93657
800-821-2801

www.wondervalleyfamilycamp.com

Good For:
Adventure,Families,Groups

Wonder Valley Ranch Resort & Conference Center

Main Location:
6450 Elwood Road
Sanger, 93657
800-821-2801
www.wondervalleyweddings.com
www.wondervalley.com

Good For:
Adventure,B

Parks & Gardens

Clovis Botanical Garden

Main Location:
945 N. Clovis Ave.
Clovis, 93611
559-298-3091

www.clovisbotanicalgarden.org

Good For:
Budget,Families,Groups

Forestiere Underground Gardens

Main Location:
5021 W. Shaw Ave.
Fresno, 93722
559-271-0734

www.undergroundgardens.com

Good For:
Families,Groups

Kearney Park

Main Location:
7160 W.Kearney Blvd.
Fresno, 93706
559-488-3004

http://www.valleyhistory.org

Good For:
Families,Groups

Squaw Valley Herb Gardens

Main Location:
31765 East Kings Canyon Road
Squaw Valley, 93675
559-332-2909

www.squawvalleyherbgardens.com

Good For:
Families,Groups

Wonder Valley Ranch Resort & Conference Center

Main Location:
6450 Elwood Road
Sanger, 93657
800-821-2801
www.wondervalleyweddings.com
www.wondervalley.com

Good For:
Adventure,Budget,Families,Groups

Woodward Park

Main Location:
7775 Friant Rd.
Fresno, 93720
559-621-2900

goo.gl/Gltk0

Good For:
Adventure,Budget

Amusement & Water Parks

Blackbeard's Family Fun Center

Main Location:
4055 N. Chestnut Ave.
Fresno, 93726
559-292-9000

www.blackbeardsfresno.com

Good For:
Families,Groups

Boomers

Main Location:
7354 N. Abby St.
Fresno, 93720
559-432-9684

www.boomersparks.com

Good For:
Families,Groups

Roeding Park

Main Location:
890 W. Belmont Ave.
Fresno, 93728
559-621-2900

www.fresno.gov

Good For:
Families,Groups

Rotary Storyland and Playland

Main Location:
890 W. Belmont Ave.
Fresno, 93728
559-486-2124

www.storylandplayland.com

Good For:
Families,Groups

The Island Water Park

Main Location:
6099 W. Barstow Ave.
Fresno, 93723
559-277-6800
info@islandwaterpark.com
www.islandwaterpark.com

Good For:
Families,Groups

Wild Water Adventure Park

Main Location:
11413 E. Shaw Ave.
Clovis, 93619
559-299-WILD (9453)

www.wildwater.net

Good For:
Families,Groups

 

 

 

 

 

 


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