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addition to all of the above activities, the parks offer many fun and educational
programs designed just for kids. Kids can earn a patch in the Junior Ranger
Program, join the Children's Campfire Program, walk with a park ranger, and
visit the Walter Fry Nature Center. For those interested in swimming, Hume Lake
is approximately a 20-minute drive from Grant Grove Village. You can swim in
the lake or in a swimming pool open to the public, operated by the Hume Lake
Christian Camp. (Note: Swimming is not recommended in the parks' rivers, streams,
and waterfalls because they are very cold and dangerous). Bicycles are permitted
only on paved roads and in campgrounds.
Park Service Visitor Centers
When you arrive, be sure to stop at a visitor center to get an overview of the
parks by watching a slide presentation and viewing the exhibits. You'll also
find a wealth of information to help make your visit more enjoyable. The Grant
Grove Visitor Center on Hwy. 180, is 3 miles beyond the Kings Canyon park entrance.
Located in Grant Grove Village, it is near the registration building for the
John Muir Lodge and the Grant Grove Cabins. (559) 565-4307. The Cedar Grove
Visitor Center is in Cedar Grove Village, near the Cedar Grove Lodge. (559)
565-3793. The Lodgepole Visitor Center, in Sequoia National Park, is approximately
15 miles south of the Stony Creek Lodge on the Generals Highway. Guests staying
at Stony Creek Lodge and Cedar Grove Lodge may choose to visit the Grant Grove
Visitor Center upon entering the parks.
naturalists offer talks, slide shows, films, guided nature and history walks,
and evening campfire programs for adults and children. Consult the park bulletin
boards when you arrive for times and topics.
The Sequoia Natural History Association (SNHA) sponsors a program of weekend
natural history field seminars. Subjects range from outdoor photography to birds
of the foothills. Contact SNHA at (559) 565-3758.
Anglers can fish at the parks' many lakes, streams and rivers. Anglers aged
16 and older need a California fishing license. Check at visitor centers for
information and regulations.
you're a casual day hiker or a determined mountaineer headed for the summit
of Mount Whitney, there's a trail for you. There are 800 miles of marked trails
accessed from 25 trailheads in the parks. You need a wilderness permit to take
backcountry overnight trips. Permits are available year-round on a quota system
from several of the National Park Service Visitor Centers in Sequoia and Kings
Canyon parks, including the Grant Grove Visitor Center; (559) 565-4307.
Horses are available for riding hourly, half-day, and day rides, as well as
extended overnight guided trips into the backcountry. Minimum age to ride may
vary. Reservations are recommended. Call the Cedar Grove pack station and Grant
Grove stables at (559) 565-3464.
Rental equipment, including snowshoes,
are available for skiers of all ages. For more information on cross-country
skiing, sledding, or snowshoeing at Grant Grove, please call (559) 335-5500.
Kids can sled and play in the snow-play areas near Big Stump and Wolverton.
Sleds are available for purchase from the Grant Grove Market.
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