Giant Forest Museum Trailhead, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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Home to General Sherman, the largest tree (and living thing) in the world, Giant Forest Museum Trailhead, 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 Museum Trailhead at the forefront of your travel plans using our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation builder.
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  • There were plenty of trees to get a photo of near the roadside. It was foggy when we visited so there wasn't great photos, but the trees were amazing nonetheless.  more »
  • The trees are massive and there are no words to describe how small you feel standing beside one. We enjoyed the shady hikes through the groves.  more »
  • Just loved this quiet walk among the gentle giants. Nice walk and well worth it. Please remember to stay away from the base of these trees. I want my grandchildren to enjoy someday  more »
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  • This is one of the most amazing places I've ever been. It is definitely bucket list material. If you are not used to activity at altitude, the walk back up can be challenging. My wife and I hike in Colorado at least once a year, but after spending some time at sea level and then coming up 7k feet had some unexpected results. So, just take your time. Luckily there are benches to rest on.
  • Great little interpretation center. The gift shop is nice too. My 4 yr old understood all the exhibits, she was excited to be there. Some famous sequoias are right outside it too.
  • A museum and visitor center next to the Sentinel Tree and the big parking lot. You can park your car here and use the shuttles. Very informative and helpful museum. Takes 10 min too see everything inside.
  • Nice place to understand the Sequoia life cycle, natural habitat and all qbout Sequoia. 15 min stop max.
  • Big trees those you cannot find. If you need some refreshment, try to get there. But it is hard to find the parking space.