United States California Forest

Giant Forest

A majestic realm with the world's largest tree by volume and its ancient, towering peers, offering a breathtaking natural wonderland to explore.

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The Giant Forest is just as magical as it sounds. Congress Trail will take you past many of the famous trees in the park, starting with General Sherman, the park's main attraction for most people. For this reason, this part of the trail gets super crowded, but if you continue on one of the many trails that take you into the denser parts of the forest, it will become remarkably quiet and the trees are just as humbling.

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Giant Forest Guides

  • Best things to see and do in Sequoia National Park

    chiefseeker (Jody Vandergriff)
    Sequoia National Park is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike, offering an array of exciting activities and sights to explore. The park's most popular attraction is the Giant Forest, home to General Sherman, the world's largest tree, which stands at a staggering 275 feet tall and is over 2,000 years old. Other must-see sights include Moro Rock, a granite dome offering stunning panoramic views of the park, and the Crystal Cave, a breathtaking underground cavern filled with stunning rock formations. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a wide range of activities, from hiking to horseback riding, camping to stargazing, and even snowshoeing in the winter. The park is also home to an abundance of wildlife, including black bears, mountain lions, and bald eagles, making it a nature lover's paradise. Here is a list of our favorite things to see and do in the majestic Sequoia National Park.

Giant Forest Articles

  • Kings Canyon or Sequoia National Park?

    Considering a trip to the land of the giant sequoias but don’t know which park to visit? Well you’re in luck. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are connected by the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway and are both easily do-able in one trip. In fact, the byway runs alongside many of the top attractions in […]

  • Where is General Sherman Tree?

    As the largest tree in the world in terms of volume, General Sherman stands 275 feet tall, is over 36 feet in diameter at its base, and is estimated to be over 2.5 million pounds. This famous sequoia has been thriving for an estimated 3200 years in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and […]

  • Which famous trees live in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks?

    California has so much beauty and the sequoias are no exception. Found only in California thanks to the climate of the Sierra Nevada mountains, they are the largest trees in the world, by volume (second to only the redwoods by height). Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are where the majority of the sequoias have […]

  • What is the elevation at Sequoia National Park?

    Sequoia National Park is in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and elevation varies greatly – from 1,300 feet to 14,500 feet at the peak. In the foothills area of Sequoia National Park elevation is around 4000 feet. At the Giant Forest, the location of the General Sherman Tree (the largest tree in the […]

  • Can you rent cabins in Sequoia National Park?

    There are many different options for lodging in and around Sequoia National Park. Cabins are a great choice if you are looking for comfort and character while still connecting with nature. Cabins typically sell out so if you plan to go this route, book early.  For cabins within Sequoia National Park, consider Wuksachi Lodge, located […]