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!
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
BC even perked up a bit.
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.
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?