General Sherman Tree, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

General Sherman Tree--a giant sequoia that is 83.8 m (275 ft) tall and about 2,500 years old--is the crown jewel of the Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest. By volume, it is the largest tree in the world and ranks among the biggest on the planet in both height and diameter. The trail leading from the parking lot to the tree is paved, and even though it has steep sections, it's not a difficult hike. Because the tree is a major attraction, you might have to wait for your turn to take a picture next to it. Using our world travel planner, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park attractions like General Sherman Tree can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Road to the tree is very winding and curvy... got a bit nauseous. The tree is beautiful, sadly there was a lot of graffiti and carvings on the tree and several other trees as well. There was also a bi...  more »
  • Must see General Grant and General Sherman. Unable to fully describe the beauty and grandeur or this natural wonder  more »
  • When visiting Sequoia National Park, this is a must see attraction. Not only is it the largest Sequoia tree in the park, it is also the largest tree (by volume) in the world. We went on Jan 2nd which ...  more »
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  • The trees are very impressive especially if you leave the very touristic and classic track. Take the path toward Alta Peak and you will enjoy a totally different experience in the heart of a very old forest... and these amazing huge Sequoia trees! If you like challenge, just go up to the top! The view is unique.
  • Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park are home to natural giants and some of the most beautiful scenery America has to offer. These two parks are connected to each other, which makes it easy to see two National Parks on one trip! Most people end up doing both. During our visit, we camped one night in Sequoia and one night in Kings Canyon. The Giant Forest is exactly like it sounds. When you walk amongst these amazingly huge trees you’ll feel really small (but in a good way). On this trail, you will find the General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world by volume, weighing 1,385 tons! Also, check out the President Tree (the 3rd largest tree) and the 2-mile Congress Trail that takes you on a nice stroll away from the crowds.
  • Great experience a must see at least once in a life time. I saw a wild black bear when I visited. Talked to the rangers dealing with it and they told me that they usually run away from people, but someone had fed him and he was getting too comfortable. They were scaring him away. Great experience I felt very lucky to had experience it. General Sherman tips: the first parking lot you see is for handicapped, or you can use it to drop off people that don’t want to take the mile long hike down from the general parking lot. To get to the general parking lot you have to drive pass the handicapped parking lot, it’s a couple of minutes drive, but there is general parking and it’s free of charge. There is a paved trail form general parking to the General Sherman Tree.
  • Amazing area! The General Sherman does not disappoint in its size and grandeur. It is hard to beat the beauty of the Sierra Nevada's and the giant Sequoia. I highly recommend a trip to see this unique place.
  • This is pretty cool, but after all those years of hearing about the sequoia trees and Forest, I was stunned to realize how small of an area it is. There is really a smattering of the sequoia trees which are up to 3,000 years old. That in and of itself is mind-boggling, but one of the reasons they're so precious is there are so few. There's a great trail system with using this General Sherman tree is kind of a jumping off point. I hiked 12 miles up around the area. 3 miles of the trail is paved and readily accessible to all.

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks provide plenty of lodging right inside their boundaries. Kings Canyon operates three lodges and a set of cabins, with two of the lodges and the cabins remaining open throughout the year. Of these, the John Muir Lodge sits closest to the entrance. The parks also offer more than a dozen campgrounds about equally distributed between them, with most operating on a first-come, first-served basis. Campsites fill up quickly on Friday nights in summer, but you should be able to find a place for your tent any other time during the week. Your accommodation options expand if you look along Sierra Road to the west of the parks. Motels, nature resorts, inns, bed and breakfasts, and lodges line the road, which runs alongside the North Fork Kaweah River.
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