Big Meadow Campground

Area Status: Open

This campground, at an elevation of 7,500 feet, is located near vast meadows and high granite mountains. There are 30 single units and 8 double units.

Natural Features: An open meadow that is surrounded by a variety of pines, including lodgepole, Jeffery and red fir. A creek runs through the meadow. A trailhead nearby leads into the Jennie Lakes Wilderness. Buck Rock Lookout, perched at an elevation of 8,500 feet, is a short drive away. Hume Lake is approximately 15 miles from the campground.

Recreation: Hiking into the Jennie Lakes Wilderness and fly fishing in Big Meadows Creek are popular options. Horseback riders have access to the nearby Horse Corral Pack Station. Numerous trailheads provide access to popular wilderness areas including Jennie Lakes, Monarch and National Park wilderness destinations. Guests looking for water activities can visit Hume Lake, only 15 miles away.

Features: Every unit in the campground are provided with a vault toilet and information board. Each Campsite will have a table, and metal fire ring and a food storage box. A camp host will be available in site # 7 (in Unit 1) to help you find your site and address any other concerns you may have.

All developed campground areas on the Forest operate under a concessionaire permit with ExplorUS. For additional information, please visit ExplorUS - Hospitality Management ( or call their home office at (559)335-5385.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations for this campground can be made by visiting or calling 877-444- 6777.
Fees: Campsite fees range from $32/night for single unit, $64/night for double unit. Standard amenity fee collected at the National Park entrance stations as part of an interagency agreement.
Open Season: When snow melts in spring. Usually mid to late June - Usually end of October or when snow starts to fall.
Usage: Heavy
Water: No potable water available
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Information Center:
  • This is bear country; visitors should follow safety precautions and store food properly. Camping fee does not include Park Entrance Fee
  • Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. 
  • Fire restrictions may be enforced at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. Campfire permits may be required during fire restrictions. Please view the Sequoia National Forest Fire Restrictions on the "Home" page. You can obtain a campfire permit at

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.71814, -118.83306
36°43'5"N, 118°49'59"W

Take Highway 180 east to the Kings Canyon National Park entrance, where you will be required to purchase a forest/park permit. After entering the park, continue 2 miles where you will stay to the right as though you were going to Sequoia National Park. Continue on the General's Highway approximately 6 miles to the turn off to Big Meadows. The Big Meadows Road (Forest Road 14S11) is located on the left-hand side of the road. Follow this road approximately 5 miles, where you will find the campground on right side of the road. Please refer to the small scale map, or contact the Hume Lake District office for more specific directions.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

River and Stream Fishing

Fishing is available in Big Meadows Creek, Stony Creek and Hume Lake. The creek and the lake are occasionally planted during the summer by California Department of Fish and Wildlife. All state fishing rules and regulations must be followed.

Day Hiking

Experience Jenny Lakes Wilderness and hike to Weaver Lake for a cool dip in the lake, a moderate 3 mile one-way hike that will take up to 1.5 hours or hike to Jenny Lake, but start early in the morning if you plan to return to camp back for dinner, a moderate 8 mile hike that will take about 3 to 4 hours each way. Buck Rock Lookout at 8,500 feet in elevation has over 170 steps to the top and offers a spectacular 360 degree view.  This is a staffed lookout and is generally open from 9:30am to 5:00pm on the summer.  

Short day hikes in the district are, Hume Lake Loop trail, Chicago Stump, Boole Tree trail.

*Remember to practice Leave No Trace principles on all trails and adventures you experience.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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