Giant Forest

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Giant Forest
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Key Info

47050 Generals Hwy

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Free

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Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Visitors to the Giant Forest use a lot of the same words to describe it, including "awe-inspiring," "amazing" and a "must-see." The large sequoia grove is located between the Marble and Middle Forks of the Kaweah River and is home to more than 8,000 sequoias – the most of any other grove in the park.

Start your visit at the Giant Forest Museum, which offers an overview of the giant sequoias, meadows and human history in the region. The museum is housed in the historic Giant Forest market building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are a series of hikes in the Giant Forest, ranging from short one-hour jaunts to daylong treks; the National Park service lists a few on its website. Visitors recommend longer hikes, such as the Alta Trail or the High Sierra Trail, to escape the crowds, especially in the summer. The Redwood Canyon and Muir Grove also great places for longer treks. The Giant Forest is also home to the famous General Sherman Tree, the largest living sequoia in the world.

You'll find the forest and museum off of Generals Highway. The forest is accessible all year. The free museum is open daily year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May to September and until 5 p.m. September to May. There are several parking lots near the museum, but the green route of the free park shuttle also stops here.

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