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Potwisha (NPS Campground)

Sequoia National Park, California


47050 Generals Hwy
Sequoia National Park, California 93262
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 42
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 36.51611
Longitude: -118.80107

Elevation: 2084' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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7 Reviews

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

We used a Golden Age pass to get the rate we had. We had a 22' RV so we were able to go on the winding roads in the park to the Visitor Center and the General Sherman tree, and out the north side. Our site was not level (#12) but it appeared the sites in the 20's were level, from driving around the campground. We parked so our heads were on the uphill side of the unit and we were fine with not being level, since we were there only one night. There are no connections. The bathrooms are adequate, and there is electricity in the bathroom that we could use for our coffee grinder. There were many tent campers. It was a lovely area to camp in and made a good starting point for viewing the park the next day. We camped at Potwisha (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

We were in a 24' class C. We stayed here knowing that we would not be able to take it beyond this point on the General's Highway, but hadn't done any dry camping with the unit and wanted to try it here for 1 night. The road coming in is extremely winding. This campground is in the Sierra foothills and not in the big trees. For that you need to go to one of the other campgrounds and enter the park from the north. Those campgrounds had been closed when were there or not available for advanced reservations. There was no way to get the unit level due to the slope. In fact, we didn't see any sites that were even close to level. Overall it was fine, but don't think we'll be back. We camped at Potwisha (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

If you have a rig that is 25plus feet don't go to this campground. Also if you go be sure to takes lots of leveling equipment. Our site was a pull thru paved but we have to jack the trailer up on one side about eight inches! We watched class c come into back up sites and could not get level. Fifth wheels were hitting the trees as they came through the campground. Otherwise the campground was very nice and clean. We did enjoy our stay there though. We camped at Potwisha (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 199
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 29

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful campground set amid oaks, California buckeyes, manzanitas and other lovely trees and shrubs. Our site, #22, was a back-in site which was large, spacious, fairly level and nestled in its own little grove of oaks. There are flush toilets and running water in the campground, but no showers. The dump station is across the road where there is also a potable water source for filling your fresh water tanks. Use of the bear storage boxes is strictly enforced. This campground makes a great base for exploring Sequoia National Park. Our fee reflects the fact that we have a Golden Age Pass. The regular nightly fee is $18. I would not recommend this campground to anyone with a big rig due to the narrow winding roads both in the campground itself and into the park from Three Rivers, but for anyone in a smaller rig or tent camping, it's a gem! We camped at Potwisha (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: December, 2008 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

This is the type of camp ground you would expect for a national park. Potwisha is the only campground RV accessible on the south end of the park. Reservations are not available and this camp ground is quite popular in the summer. In the winter you get your pick of the sites and it makes a good place to setup camp out of the snow if you want to visit the Wolverton snow play area which is about 30-45 minutes up the mountain from here. There are 2 dump and fill stations directly across the highway from this camp ground. There are 8 pull through sites available at this location however leveling is a challenge. There is a river within walking distance that’s nice for a swim in the hot summer months. Also a few hiking trails to a swinging bridge (haven’t been there) and hospital rock (high altitude long hike). There is an amphitheater with ranger programs during peak season. This is also an active bear area bear boxes at every camp site and in a previous tent camping experience here I did have to run a bear away from our car. The national park service does employee a bear patrol who has tagged the bears with locations. We camped at Potwisha (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 213
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: April, 2007 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

We had site #24, a paved back-in with no utilities but more level than many in the CG, we had shade on the rear of the RV but didn't need it because it was cold and rainy our entire stay. Noisy on the weekend. We only have a 30 ft class A but we were the largest thing in the CG and it really is not designed or maintained for full-size motorhomes. The roads were narrow and we encountered many low hanging tree branches and encroaching bushes. This was an active bear area while we were there and several vehicles were damaged by bears looking for food. Our tow car window was broken even though we had no food, toiletries or trash in the car. Bummer for us but most likely much worse for the bear in the long run. Easy drive to the Giant Forest from this campground and we got through to the Grant Grove area one day when chains were not required. Nightly rate reflects the Interagency Senior Pass discount. We camped at Potwisha (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2006 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

A very nice low elevation campground thats best in the Spring and Fall. Temps get well over 100 degrees in the summer. A foothill area with wild flowers and Oak Trees everywhere. It has flush toilets and a dump station, but no other amenities. It has some great hiking trails and wildlife is abundant. Located between Three Rivers and Sequoia National Park you have a few mile drive to the grocery store if you forget anything. An easy drive up Hwy 198 East of Visalia and is my favorite cool weather campground. We camped at Potwisha (NPS Campground) in a Tent Trailer.

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