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Activities

Visalia invites travelers to experience the beauty, culture, and unique flavor of our destination, year-round. Hit the links, spend an evening at the symphony, dine in one of the cities' world-class restaurants, or have a hiking, biking, camping, whitewater rafting or horseback riding adventure in a place of unmatched natural beauty!

Hiking

With more than 800 miles of trails in Tulare County, this region is begging to be explored! Take a popular trek around the General Sherman Tree, meander through the Kaweah Oaks Preserve outside of Visalia, or journey on a longer escapade to the top of Moro Rock or in the Mineral King Valley.

Balch Park

36138 California 190
Springville CA , 93265
559-539-2227

Balch Park is the gateway to beautiful meadows, crater lakes and a wonderful wilderness experience. Take a biking tour of the Southern Sierras and enjoy the beauty of the Sequoia Forest atop a four legged freind to see the scenery from a different point of view.

Big Stump Trail

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers CA , 93271
(559) 334-0141

Take this 2-mile hiking loop through Big Stump Basin just after the entrance to Kings Canyon National Park for a less-crowded look at the old growth sequoia, grassy meadows, wildflowers and many huge stumps resulting from logging of the original forest.

Buena Vista Peak

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers CA , 93271
559-565-3341

Reach the summit of this peak for glorious views of both Sequoia and Kings Canyon in one of the Parks only treeless areas under 9,000 feet. The trail zig zags to the summit, which yeilds a 360 degree look at the High Sierra.

Overlook the Central Valley to the west and Great Western Divide to the east from a 7,605 foot peak. The trail begins along the Generals Highway near the Kings Canyon Overlook parking lot just 4.7 miles from the 198/180 junction in Kings Canyon National Park.

General Sherman Tree Loop

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers CA , 93271

The General Sherman Tree Loop 1/2 mile trail decends upon some of the most magnificent trees in the National Park and culminates at the base of the General Sherman Tree--the world's largest living thing.

Relax at convenient benches that line the trail along the way. If you only have time to do one thing in the Sequoias, choose this!

Kaweah Oaks Preserve

29979 Road 182
Visalia CA , 93221
(559) 738-0211

Kaweah Oaks Preserve is located east of Visalia, California. Travel seven miles east of downtown Visalia via Highway 198. Drive north on Road 182 one-half mile. The parking lot is on the west side of the road. Walk past the gate to enter.

This 322-acre preserve protects one of the last remaining Valley Oak riparian forests in California. Visitors can enter a timeless oasis that showcases what this region looked like more than 200 years ago---when Valley Oaks carpeted the length of the Central Valley.

Take a trail hike and see rare native plant species, local birds and other wildlife. You may spot a gray fox, great horned owl, or even a Nuttall's woodpecker.

Four self-guided nature paths allow sightseers to explore a simpler time, and experience the sights and sounds that greeted Native Americans and early settlers when they came to this area.

Mineral King

47050 Generals Hwy
Three Rivers CA , 93271
(559) 565-3341

ake a scenic drive to Mineral King in Sequoia National Park for sweeping views and vistas of the East Fork of the Kaweah River and adjacent mountians. The road is not for the faint of heart, as it ascends in tight curves for 25 miles (1.5 hours one-way) along a steep, narrow road. No RVs or trailers are allowed.

The drive, while daunting, is well worth your time. At the end of the road you will be rewarded with the opportunity to hike or peer into some of the most stunning and accessible high country in the Sierra Nevada.

Mineral deposits and cool summer weather first drew development to the Mineral King Valley. When the mineral bonanza failed to materialize, the scenic beauty of the Valley continued to draw recreational enthusiasts to the area as a starting point for backcountry excursions and as a location to build summer cabins. The same recreational interests draw visitors today!

Mineral King road generally closes by November 1 and reopens for Memorial Day Weekend, weather permitting. During summer, a limited number of facilities and services may be available, including the Mineral King Ranger Station. Two campgrounds, Atwell Mill and Cold Springs, are available during the summer season and in early fall. Private lodging is located in nearby Silver City.

The following permits are issued from the Mineral King Ranger Station:

Atwell-Hockett Trail (from Atwell Mill Campground): Easy to moderate climb. Giant sequoia grove, meadows. 10 miles to Hockett Meadow. Popular horse-party trail. First campsite - Clover Creek (6 miles). Daily quota = 25 people.

Paradise Ridge Trail (from Atwell Mill Campground): Steep climb, hot and dry. Sequoia grove and vistas. 9 miles to Redwood Meadow. First campsite - Paradise Ridge (3 miles) no water. Daily quota = 15 people.

Tar Gap Trail ( from Cold Springs Campground): Moderate climb. Lakes, forests, alpine vistas. 12 miles to Hockett Meadow. Access to trails beyond. Popular horse trail. First campsite - Deer Creek (4 miles) Daily quota = 25 people.

Mosquito/Mineral Trail (Eagle/Mosquito Lakes trailhead): Moderately strenuous climb. Lakes and spectacular vistas. No campfires. Cross-country to upper lakes. First campsite - Mosquito Lake #2 (4 miles). Daily quota = 25 people.

Eagle Lake Trail (Eagle/Mosquito Lakes trailhead): Steady, moderately steep climb. Lake and alpine vistas. No campfires. First campsite - Eagle Lake (3.4 miles). Daily quota = 20 people.

White Chief Trail (Eagle/Mosquito Lakes trailhead): Moderately strenuous climb. Lakes and spectacular vistas. No campfires. First campsite - White Chief Bowl (2.5 miles). Daily quota = 25 people.

Farewell Gap Trail (Franklin Pass trailhead): Steep and strenuous climb. Access to Sequoia National Forest trails. No campfires. First campsite - Franklin/Farewell Jct. (4 miles). No entry limit.

Franklin Pass Trail (Franklin Pass trailhead): Moderately strenuous climb. Lake and alpine vistas. No campfires. Popular horse trail. First campsite - Franklin/Farewell Jct. (4 miles). Daily quota = 30 people.

Sawtooth Trail (Sawtooth trailhead): Steep, strenuous climb. Rough, unmaintained trail beyond Monarch Lakes. Lakes, vistas, access to Glacier Pass, Big and Little Five Lakes. No campfires. First campsite - Groundhog Meadow (1 mile). Daily quota = 20 people.

Timber Gap Trail (Sawtooth trailhead): Moderately steep climb. Forest, lakes. Access to many trails. No campfires. Popular horse-party trail. First campsite - Timber Gap (2.2 miles). No water. Daily quota = 25 people.

Mist Falls

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers CA , 93271
(559) 335-2856

A sandy trail aside a short series of cascades leads to Mist Falls, one of Kings Canyon National Parks largest waterfalls, where the South Fork of the Kaweah River drops 100 feet over a granite incline.

Mist Falls is a fantastic introductory hike in Sequoia/Kings. From the Big Stump Entrance to King's Canyon National Park, take Highway 180 towards Grant Grove and Road's End. Follow the highway north and then east as it dips deep into the canyon.

Follow the Highway to the appropriately named "Road's End." Park and start your hike next to the Wilderness Ranger Station that issues backcountry permits for backpackers. Hikers do not need to stop.

A loop can be made of this hike by crossing the footbridge on the way down and walking back along the Southern bank of the King's River . Generally the falls are most stunning in the spring, but be careful. Rocks near the waterfall are slippery and dangerous if proper caution is not taken.

Plan on about four hours for this 8 mile hike. Beyond the waterfall the canyon flattens into Paradise Valley--a popular camping spot.

Moro Rock

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers CA , 93271
559-565-3341

Spectacular views of the Great Western Divide and western half of the Park await you atop this giant granite dome. Trust us: the steep 1/4 mile staircase to teh summit is well worth the photo op at the top. And it's only 400 steps!

Sequoia National Forest Hiking Trails

2750 W. Yowlumne Ave.
Porterville CA , 93257

Trails

Camping

Camp San Joaquin

This secluded mountain retreat boasts some of the most astounding scenery in the world. As a hike-in camp, guests travel to the facility from either a 3/4 mile trail, or more challenging 12-mles hike from the Lodgepole Visitors Center in Sequoia National Park. Nestled on the steep, wooded hillside that overlooks Kings Canyon, the camp is a self-acclaimed "oasis in the wilderness and luxury outpost."
65745 Big Meadow Rd (FS 13S11)
Kings Canyon National Park CA , 93633
866-654-2877

Kings Canyon National Park Campgrounds

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers CA , 93271

Description

San Joaquin High Sierra Camp

120 N. Hall
Visalia CA , 93291
559-732-4821

Camp San Joaquin is a high Sierra camp available for group use during the summer months. Located just off Generals Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the camp is a little more than an hour's drive from Visalia.

At approximately 7000' elevation, the air is clean and cool, and the camp is peaceful. Campers enjoy comfortable cabins, excellent food, and the opportunity for a wide variety of activities including hiking, bicycling, and swimming. Campfires and star gazing compliment the daytime activities. An outdoor chapel is also available for group use and private prayer and reflection.

Sequoia National Forest Campgrounds

2750 W. Yowlumne Ave.
Porterville CA , 93257

Description

Sequoia National Park Campgrounds

Description

Fishing

Lake Success

Worth Dr.
Porterville CA , 93257
(559) 784-0215

This is a lake for fishing and boating. Although it is situated next to the Sierra Nevada mountains, there are minimal trees around this man made reservoir. A few oaks scattered about at best. Anything else is planted. This place is at the southern end of the Sierras, next to the Lower Central Valley.

Tule Recreation Area and Rocky Hill Recreation Area have 2 boat launch ramps.
Lake Success, 29330 Highway 190, Porterville, CA / 559-783-9200

Success Marina has boating supplies, fuel, boat rentals (patio boats, fishing, watercrafts)
Success Marina 559-781-2078

Surface area = 2,450 acres. Lake Success = nearly 4 mi long w/ 30 mi of shoreline.
Lake can contain 82,500 acre-feet of water when full.
Worth Dr.
Porterville CA , 93257
(559) 784-0215

Lake Kaweah

Sierra Dr.
CA (559) 597-2301

Located on the Kaweah River near Lemon Cove and the town of Three Rivers, Lake Kaweah offer 3 square miles of fun for the whole family!

In the fotthills below Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the Sierra Nevada range, the high mountains provide an exciting background for fishing and boating at this popular recreation area.

Mineral King

47050 Generals Hwy
Three Rivers CA , 93271
(559) 565-3341

Take a scenic drive to Mineral King in Sequoia National Park for sweeping views and vistas of the East Fork of the Kaweah River and adjacent mountians. The road is not for the faint of heart, as it ascends in tight curves for 25 miles (1.5 hours one-way) along a steep, narrow road. No RVs or trailers are allowed.

The drive, while daunting, is well worth your time. At the end of the road you will be rewarded with the opportunity to hike or peer into some of the most stunning and accessible high country in the Sierra Nevada.

Mineral deposits and cool summer weather first drew development to the Mineral King Valley. When the mineral bonanza failed to materialize, the scenic beauty of the Valley continued to draw recreational enthusiasts to the area as a starting point for backcountry excursions and as a location to build summer cabins. The same recreational interests draw visitors today!

Mineral King road generally closes by November 1 and reopens for Memorial Day Weekend, weather permitting. During summer, a limited number of facilities and services may be available, including the Mineral King Ranger Station. Two campgrounds, Atwell Mill and Cold Springs, are available during the summer season and in early fall. Private lodging is located in nearby Silver City.

The following permits are issued from the Mineral King Ranger Station:

Atwell-Hockett Trail (from Atwell Mill Campground): Easy to moderate climb. Giant sequoia grove, meadows. 10 miles to Hockett Meadow. Popular horse-party trail. First campsite - Clover Creek (6 miles). Daily quota = 25 people.

Paradise Ridge Trail (from Atwell Mill Campground): Steep climb, hot and dry. Sequoia grove and vistas. 9 miles to Redwood Meadow. First campsite - Paradise Ridge (3 miles) no water. Daily quota = 15 people.

Tar Gap Trail ( from Cold Springs Campground): Moderate climb. Lakes, forests, alpine vistas. 12 miles to Hockett Meadow. Access to trails beyond. Popular horse trail. First campsite - Deer Creek (4 miles) Daily quota = 25 people.

Mosquito/Mineral Trail (Eagle/Mosquito Lakes trailhead): Moderately strenuous climb. Lakes and spectacular vistas. No campfires. Cross-country to upper lakes. First campsite - Mosquito Lake #2 (4 miles). Daily quota = 25 people.

Eagle Lake Trail (Eagle/Mosquito Lakes trailhead): Steady, moderately steep climb. Lake and alpine vistas. No campfires. First campsite - Eagle Lake (3.4 miles). Daily quota = 20 people.

White Chief Trail (Eagle/Mosquito Lakes trailhead): Moderately strenuous climb. Lakes and spectacular vistas. No campfires. First campsite - White Chief Bowl (2.5 miles). Daily quota = 25 people.

Farewell Gap Trail (Franklin Pass trailhead): Steep and strenuous climb. Access to Sequoia National Forest trails. No campfires. First campsite - Franklin/Farewell Jct. (4 miles). No entry limit.

Franklin Pass Trail (Franklin Pass trailhead): Moderately strenuous climb. Lake and alpine vistas. No campfires. Popular horse trail. First campsite - Franklin/Farewell Jct. (4 miles). Daily quota = 30 people.

Sawtooth Trail (Sawtooth trailhead): Steep, strenuous climb. Rough, unmaintained trail beyond Monarch Lakes. Lakes, vistas, access to Glacier Pass, Big and Little Five Lakes. No campfires. First campsite - Groundhog Meadow (1 mile). Daily quota = 20 people.

Timber Gap Trail (Sawtooth trailhead): Moderately steep climb. Forest, lakes. Access to many trails. No campfires. Popular horse-party trail. First campsite - Timber Gap (2.2 miles). No water. Daily quota = 25 people.

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