Attractions in and near Kings Canyon National Park

Crystal Cave
Explore underground caverns in Crystal Cave. Choose from either a two-hour or 45 minute tour through tunnels filled with amazing calcite and marble. This cave is open to the public. It houses tunnels and rooms that are filled with stalactite curtains and stalagmite mounds. Get a lesson in geography and history of the caverns on the longer and more in-depth two-hour tour. It gets a little chilly inside the cave, so be sure to bring a sweater or jacket. Also, sturdy shoes are a must.

Panoramic Point
Take in the spectacular view at Panoramic Point. This spot gives a breathtaking view of the mountains below, including Kings Canyon and Lake Hume below. This 7,520-foot overlook is accessible from a short drive on a road that is open during the summer months. Or snowshoe your way up the trail in winter.

Hume Lake
Relax in the water at Hume Lake. Once used by loggers to float the sequoias downstream, this reservoir provides refreshment for visitors during the summer months. Walk the 2.5-mile trail around the lake to take in the various viewpoints of this uniquely formed watering hole. Visiting during cooler months? Pull up a chair and a good book and relax on the beach next to the lake as well. Boating, camping, and hiking are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed at Hume Lake.

General Grant Tree
Come see one of the largest trees in the world, the General Grant Tree. This tree is the largest sequoia in Kings Canyon. Just a 10-minute hike from the parking lot, this tree named after President Ulysses S. Grant, can be appreciated up close. At almost 2,000 years old, the General Grant Tree is 267 feet tall and approximately 30 feet in diameter. In 1926, President Coolidge named it the National Christmas Tree, and it is also recognized as national shrine to veterans who died in war.

Grizzly Falls
Take in the misty spray at Grizzly Falls. At 80 feet, this waterfall is accessible from a short trail from the picnic area. Plaques along the way to the location of the falls detail how the waterfall is fed from the Monarch Divide. Since the falls are just off the road, they are easy to get to, allowing visitors to enjoy the beautiful view. Cool off and do a little climbing on the rocks during the summer months. Be prepared to share the spot with other visitors, as this is a popular spot among tourists, due to its convenient location.