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Just for Kids
Just For KidsIn 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.

National 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.

Park Programs
ProgramsNPS 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.

Field Seminars
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.

snowshoeingWhether 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.

Horseback Riding
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.

Winter Sports
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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