Giant Forest, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

4.9
#1 of 24 in Parks in 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, 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. PutGiant 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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  • Every corner you walk around there is another enormous Sequoia tree...as big as the next...but you still feel obliged to go 'Wow' Lots of various hikes from fully accessible to moderate. Easy to...  more »
  • If you don't want to hike, you can get great views from your car. The trees are breath-taking. We did hike to the General Sherman tree, which was interesting but did not look that...  more »

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