Giant Forest, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

4.9
#1 of 24 in Parks in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Home to General Sherman, the largest tree (and living thing) in the world, Giant Forest, contains 12 of the top 40 giant sequoias. You'll feel like an ant as you walk along the 3.2 km (2 mi) Congress Trail; the sheer enormity of the trees towering above gives this area its name. Other noteworthy trees found here include: General Grant, the second largest sequoia tree in the world (estimated to be over 3,000 years old), and the equally impressive President Tree. Watch for wildlife ranging from squirrels to deer to black bears. Make sure to visit the museum where you'll learn how tree bark up to 0.5 m (18 in) thick protects these colossal creatures from fire. Put Giant Forest into our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This is the must-see trail of the park. It starts at the parking lot. We got there around 9 am end of July and it was easy to park. By the time we left 3 hours later it was packed and hot. We did not ...  more »
  • This is an extremely enigmatic place, very serene and calm. If you have not seen it and experienced it on your own, you will think it is a myth! Spend the day just walking around and soak in the vibes...  more »
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