Kings Canyon National Park

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Before this Jucy RV roadtrip, I had never even heard of Kings Canyon National Park. It actually is adjacent to Sequoia National Park, which most people know about and the National Park  Service combines them on their website and park maps. But the two parks feel like separate sections of wilderness and I was so thrilled with Kings Canyon- it was definitely the hidden gem of the whole trip!

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While the two parks border each other in parts to drive from Sequoia to Kings Canyon entails a long and curvy road through the Sequoia National Forest.

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are not good places for those prone to motion sickness. I’m not particularly prone but I was fighting it a few times. BC was also mad sick this day but he was a trooper and came along with me (I could have left him in the hammock back at our campsite in Sequoia).

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There are a few campgrounds in Kings Canyon we could have stayed at but since we knew nothing about it we just opted to stay in Sequoia again. Kings Canyon is the place for you if you love back country hiking and camping.

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At the end of the road is a permit station and you just wander out from there. There are many trails to take and it was hopping at the permit station. We opted to do some hikes within Kings Canyon like the Zumwalt Meadow Trail- which was my favorite!

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The Zumwalt Meadow was beautiful and it was so sunny and nice that it made for such a good hike. And only 2 miles roundtrip.

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The Zumwalt Trail connects to Roaring River Falls if you want to keep going, and we did. The Falls were nothing spectacular but they were pretty and it was such a great day to be outside.

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BC even perked up a bit.

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It was a wonderful day in Kings Canyon. I’d definitely add it to your list of places to visit if you plan a National Parks roadtrip, plus it is bordering Sequoia (which is awesome as well!) so you really gets 2 parks for the price of 1.

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I’d love to come back here someday and do some more hiking but next time I’ll be bringing some Dramamine with me to help my system on those curvy, S-shaped roads!

Reader question: Do you get motion sick?

 

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17 Replies to “Kings Canyon National Park”

  1. I’ve never heard of Kings Canyon- I’ll have to add it to my national park list. I occasionally get motion sick but most of the time it’s when I feel unsettled, like with turbulence on planes or something like that. #weekendwanderlust

  2. I love Zumwalt Meadow Trail and the photo of the tall black trees (are they burnt or a type of tree do you know? I ask because when I was visiting Australia, I came across a small black stumpy tree called a Black Boy, plus over there they also start controlled fires to help stop natural forest fires). What fabulous hiking opportunities around King’s Canyon as well so I will mention this post to a couple of people I know who enjoy hiking trails! #feetdotravel

  3. My husband gets very motion sick (mostly when we ride roller coasters) and we use Meclizine – it’s cheaper and easier to find compared to Dramamine. I always keep some pills for him in my purse – you never know when you might need them.

  4. Looks great guys! I’ve been to Sequoia a while back, but I hope to go again, and this time with Phil the next time we take a big trip to California, thanks for sharing Kings Canyon National Park, we’ll pin this for future reference 🙂

  5. I love the National Parks, but haven’t heard of this one before! Will add it to our list for sure. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. I never heard of this Park before but I will add it to my list – such a great hiking opportunity. I don’t usually get motion sickness but it did happened to me on a plane trip. Thanks for sharing this awesome place with us.

  7. Heck yes, I get motion sick. I’m so sensitive to it that sometimes I make myself sick. When I go on curvy roads I dose up the day before with Dramamine and the day of. I’ve never heard of King’s Canyon National Park. It looks very picturesque. I’d love to camp in both places! Thanks for sharing! #WeekendWanderlust

  8. Kings Canyon is so beautiful and often overlooked. But, maybe that’s ok that it’s not as crowded as other parks. Great scenery and lots of hiking.

  9. Kings Canyon is definitely on my list to hike next time I’m in California. Stunning photos show the beautiful landscape. 🙂 Great link for the park maps so one can print and check out ahead of time. I pinned this for later and thanks for sharing 🙂 #feetdotravel

  10. Wow, looks amazing and definitely reminded me of Yosemite! Would love to visit here on my next visit to the States and will add it to my list. Love your photos! I would love to go on a hike here!

  11. Ive never heard of this national Park before but it looks great and definitely somewhere I would love to visit. The trails look appealing and the photos are incredible. I’ve pinned for later. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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