The 198 brings you to Three Rivers at ease. Time to 'un-plug'!
Just follow the signs to Sequoia National Park.
Scroll down for loads of good information & Mark's tips about Three Rivers & both Parks!
Tip, getting here: If you are using Goggle Maps you can just type in the name of the home and it should just show up. I will be sending you access and directions to the home about a week before your arrival date. We send directions because most cell providers, except for at&t, do not work past the middle to our little town. You’ll want to know and save the directions to the home starting from the center of town. The last 5 miles or so.
Tip, groceries: There is the Village Market here in town that has everything including produce and fresh meat. However if you are staying longer with us and want more grocery options and better prices you can find Save Mart on Demaree St. just a few miles down Hwy 198 after you exit from Hwy 99 to head east. Exit Demaree go right , on the left , can’t miss it. Next door is Quality Meats if you are after fresh fish and really good quality meats.
Tip, gas: Before you head up into the Park to see those big trees know that it is a long drive so you’ll want to have a full, or nearly full, tank of gas. There are two gas stations here in Three Rivers - you will see others on 198 before you get here that are likely less expensive.
Regarding the drive up into the Park: If you, or anyone in your group, suffers from motion sickness be prepared as the road up the mountain is pretty steep and curvy.
Every visitor to our ‘neck of the woods’ goes to the Giant Forest! See why!
and check out the Giant Forest Google map
Start planning with Things To Do in the Parks. Very helpful :)
Here is a nice YouTube video for both Parks!
Be amazed at the General Sherman Tree!
And YouTube for 10 things to do in Sequoia Park.
Don't forget the General Grant Tree in nearby Kings Canyon!
And YouTube for 10 things to do in Kings Canyon.
Take an easy walk on the Big Trees Trail or a dip in the pools of Paradise Creek.
In Park river access at Potwisha and Hospital Rock with a trail between the two.
For information about lots of Day Hiking in both Parks :)
TWO LINKS OF GIANT PARK IMPORTANCE.
Park Basic Info Guide & Watching Wildlife
Mark's Tip: On the weekends there often is a line to get into the Park so if you want to avoid that I suggest that you head to the Park by 10am.
Check the Three Rivers Weather Forecast and the Weather in the Park
It differs because of the elevation change.
Tip: Temperature drops 3 degrees for every 1,000 feet you go up.
This means in the Giant Forest the air temperature will be 18 degrees less than in town.
MARK INVITES YOU TO LISTEN TO THE SOUNDS OF NATURE!
In our 4 Great Homes you will find a 'What is Where' map for the Park and yet another for these locations in Three Rivers. For now here is a very complete breakdown of what you can expect to find in Three Rivers for 'Food and Beverage'!
As you enter town you can't miss our local mini grocery store. The Village Market.
Adjacent to it is Casa Mendoza Mexican food.
The Pizza Factory is two doors down.
A mile up 198 (aka: Sierra Dr.) You'll find Sierra Subs. Local owned with good healthy food, featuring great sandwiches, beverages, goodies and more! Check out Sage Roots while you are there.
Two blocks further to the Buckaroo Restaurant, Many guests tell me they like it. They also offer several vegetarian meals and have outdoor seating above the Kaweah River.
The Shell gas station is next. They have a mini market and keep open long hours.
Next to it is the Three Rivers Brewing Company, Craft beer! Local spot for sure.
Two blocks further down is the Chevron. They have our only mechanic in town.
A mile further and you'll notice the River View Restaurant and Lounge.
on the left side. Good ol American style food, burgers and such. Dining right along the Kaweah River with a full bar & pool table.
Right next door to the River View is the famous Reimer's Candy shop!
On your way to the Park, 3 miles further down Sierra Drive is the Totem Market.
Just before the Park entrance is the Gateway Restaurant. Very good food and service. The Gateway has a wonderful view overlooking the Kaweah River! Ask to sit on the back deck.
For a look at most of these Three Rivers restaurants see Trip Advisor.
(SEE PHOTOS OF ALL OF THESE LOCATIONS BELOW IN SECTION 5)
There are ATMs in just about every store here however if you need banking ATMs there are two in Three Rivers. One at the Credit Union and one at the Bank of the Sierra. Both are located across from the Post Office and both accept international Maestro cards.
OTHER GOOD INFORMATION:
We have a Mercantile 'hardware store' that has just about everything including fishing gear and licenses, camping and gift items.
There is a Family Health Care facility halfway through town. Walk-ins ok.
Three Rivers Pharmacy is between the Village Market and the Pizza Factory.
Midway through town is our very own Three Rivers Historical Museum.
The Three Rivers Lions Club has our local Lions Roping Arena that hosts some good events!
The In Park Shuttle Service is great and it is free!
NOTE: The shuttle does not run in the Winter.
Mark's Tip: if you have kids or elderly, park at the Giant Forest lower parking lot, take the free shuttle to the top, and walk through the forest easy downhill back to your car.
Mark's tip: many people don't know about Crystal Cave. It is amazing!
See it here: Crystal Cave
Tip 2: the 'Cave' books up well in advance, so make your reservation early!
IF IT IS SPRING, IT'S LIKELY WHITE WATER RAFTING SEASON!
For more information here are the certified local rafting outfits.
It is always a good time for horseback riding right here in Three Rivers at the famous Riata Ranch. There are also two horseback riding stables in the Parks.
The Park During the Winter is a great experience including winter drives and viewpoints.
Many incoming guests are asking me about snowshoeing and where play in the snow!
Mark's tips: learn about current road conditions and about winter driving and tire chains.
THE COMPLETE INFO on snow chains, rentals, videos and even the weather in the park
In each of our homes you'll find that we provide you a single sheet Park overview map, a one page overview Park Driving map and a third map that shows you the locations of the places in Three Rivers shown in section 2: Food Options. All are yours, each will help you to get your bearings.
At the Park entrance you will be given a full size road map as well as a Park Newsletter.
Here are some other great links for advance planning:
If you would like to see the various Park trail maps (for purchase) and know about guided tours you may find all that at the Sequoia Parks Conservancy website.
For Crystal Cave! It is usually booked up so may I suggest again that you make reservations or just buy the tickets
Moro Rock Lookout is really something!
Information about Lake Kaweah can be found just by clicking it.
Lake Kaweah marina; boat rentals, fishing tackle, snack bar: http://www.kaweahmarina.com/
Mineral King webcam and 8 other low tech cameras:
Sierra Fire Lookout webcams:
For your information; also in our area the app 'Just Ahead' might be a functional tool. It can offer you guidance during your hikes and visits to the amenities of your choice. This app requires a paid subscription, and you can find all info about it on the app's website https://www.justahead.com/
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