If you’re looking for camping near Sequoia National Park in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California, look no further than the KOA Visalia. This campground is clean, conveniently located, and has all the amenities you need for any type of camping experience. Whether you want to camp in a cabin, RV or tent, the KOA Visalia is a perfect stop on your journey to Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Parks.
KOA Visalia is a Terrific Option for Camping Near Sequoia National Park
When I was planning my family’s camping trip to Sequoia National Park, I knew I wanted to check out KOA (“Kampgrounds of America”). KOA’s have a reputation for being clean and offering tons of amenities. The KOA Visalia is easy to get to from anywhere in southern California, and it’s the perfect point of entry to the nearby national parks.
Sequoia National Park lies in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Adjacent to Sequoia is Kings Canyon National Park. The two are often referred to together as “Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.”
We drove in a JUCY campervan from Los Angeles to Visalia, CA. It’s a gorgeous drive that took us about 3 hours. The KOA Visalia is just 2 miles off California highways 99 and 198.
Amenities at the Visalia KOA
When we first checked in to the Visalia KOA, the staffers in the office were friendly and provided all the details we needed. The store is large and stocked with tons of food and camping needs. My daughter made a beeline for the handy “s’mores kits” they sold – a great idea for small families that don’t want to buy a big box of graham crackers or an entire bag of marshmallows!
I took advantage of the self-service laundry, which is a must if you are taking a longer camping trip. I was also glad to have a hot shower in their clean bathrooms.
The KOA Visalia also has a great pool and a game room with a ping-pong table and a few video games. They have a volleyball court, horse shoes, a playground for smaller children, and a dog park. Yes, the KOA is pet-friendly.
Free wi-fi is available, too, but we tried to limit our tech use and just enjoy the great outdoors!
Options for All Kinds of Campers
The KOA Visalia has options for all types of campers. For RVs, they provide grassy, shaded, pull-thru sites with cable TV and wi-fi. Their tent sites were large enough for our campervan, though they were a bit close together. We were lucky to get one of the tent sites with a tree. All sites have tables and fire rings.
One and two room camping cabins with air-conditioning, as well as deluxe cabins, can also be rented.
If you want to stock up on food or go out to eat, the town of Visalia has a large grocery store and several restaurants. Just stop in the office/store at the KOA and they’ll give you a detailed map.
And if you want to do more than visit the National Parks, the Visalia location provides proximity to some other charming locations. Downtown Visalia offers quaint shops and restaurants, and Exeter is known for its murals and antique stores.
KOA Offers More Than Just a Campsite
Did you know that KOA offers three different types of campgrounds, each with its own unique style?
- KOA Journey campgrounds are the perfect oases after a long day on the road. Located near the highways and byways of North America with long pull-through sites, they deliver convenience to the traveling camper.
- KOA Holidays are an ideal place to relax and play with family and friends. There’s plenty to do, with amenities and services to make your stay memorable, and premium sites and accommodations for camping in comfort.
- KOA Resorts offer a carefree vacation in the great outdoors. Enjoy robust recreation and staff-led activities in addition to camping conveniences such as food service. It’s the ultimate getaway, without ever having to leave the campground.
Gateway to Sequoia National Park
The Visalia location falls under KOA’s Journey category. It’s a great home base for camping near Sequoia National Park or a one-night stop on a road trip through the Sierra Nevada mountains.
From the Visalia KOA, it takes about an hour to reach the Sequoia visitors center and another hour or so to reach some hiking and attractions within the park. There are winding roads and lots of switchbacks. But unless you are tent camping, there are not many RV or campervan options within the park. In fact, vehicles over 22 feet long are not advised in several areas of the park. That makes the KOA Visalia perfect for RV campers who want to park their RV and then take their car into the park.
Must-See at Sequoia National Park
When visiting Sequoia National Park, there are lots of hiking trails and amazing sights to see. Wherever you decide to go in the park, don’t miss the General Sherman Tree.
The General Sherman Tree is the largest tree by volume in the world. It’s not necessarily the tallest or the widest or the oldest, but by the sheer volume of wood, it’s the biggest tree in the world!
The hike to get to the tree is 0.8 miles on a wide, paved surface. It’s downhill getting to the tree, then all uphill getting back up. But the park offers lots of benches to sit and rest along the way, and your kids will have fun stopping to pick up gigantic pine cones found along the side of the trail!
If you’re looking for camping near Sequoia National Park, check out the KOA Visalia. Whether you are camping in a cabin, RV or tent, this KOA has all the comforts of home and is clean and conveniently located.