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Crescent Meadow Road

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Free

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Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.5scorecard
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  • 3.0Atmosphere

The Tunnel Log, located along the Crescent Meadow Road in the Giant Forest, offers a fun photo op for park visitors. This enormous tree, which fell across the road in 1937, was 275 feet tall and 21 feet at the base when it collapsed. The tunnel was cut through the tree the following year and ever since, visitors have been drawn to the novelty of it. The park service believes the tree is at least 2,000 years old.

Recent travelers recommended going early in the day to avoid the crowds of people posing in front of, below and even on top of the Tunnel Log. Only vehicles shorter than eight feet tall can drive through the 17-foot-wide tunnel (larger vehicles can go around on a bypass lane). Access to the Tunnel Log is included in park admission. For more information, visit the NPS website.

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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.

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