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Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park - This is where you'll see the "World's Largest Living Thing" and the world's 3rd largest sequoia tree!


The title of the World's Largest Living Thing belongs to the General Sherman tree which is at the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park.

The General Sherman tree stands at 274.9 ft, has a circumference of 102.6 ft at its base and a volume of 52,500 cubic feet of wood!

The world's 3rd largest sequoia tree is the General Grant tree which is in Grant Grove Area of Kings Canyon National Park. General Grant stands at 268.1 ft tall.

While the exact ages of General Sherman and General Grant are not known, it is estimated that they are between 1800 and 2700 years old!!

While Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park were created by Congress at different times, they are managed as one park and share many miles of boundary.

Sequoia National Park was the 2nd national park designated in the US (Yellowstone National Park was the first).

To get to the parks from Fresno, take Highway 180 east and you should reach the Kings Canyon Park Entrance in about 1 hours.

You can then head south on the Generals Highway towards Sequoia National Park.

There is NO gas sold in the parks so fill up the tank before entering the park. Always carry chains in the winter.

Both these parks may not be as popular as Yosemite National Park, but they are just as spectacular.

The giant sequoias are definitely the main attractions of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks but there are plenty of waterfalls and hiking trails as well to please any outdoor lover.

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