State: Southern California
Address 1: 35860 Kings Canyon Road
Number of Sites: 25
Full Hook: Yes
National Park: 274
About: Big Meadows Guard Station was constructed between 1933 and 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, (CCC) to provide a residence for Forest Service fire patrolmen stationed in that area. In 1964, the Forest Service no longer needed the use of the cabin. The cabin is 900 square feet, single story and consists of 1 bedroom with a closet, 1 bathroom, a living room and a kitchen with a service porch. The original cabinets, living room and bedroom flooring and bath fixtures remain. The interior has been slightly modified. The exterior is constructed of redwood board over 1 X 8 diagonal sheeting nailed to a standard wooden frame.
Restrictions: At the Kings Canyon National Park entrance, you will be required to purchase a forest/park permit. You can either purchase a 7 day pass for $20.00 or an annual pass good for one year for $30.00. Golden Age and Access passes are honored for entrance fees as in the National Parks Pass.
Directions: Big Meadows Guard Station is located 75 miles east of Fresno and 70 miles northeast of Visalia, taking Hwy 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 to the park Wye. At the Wye, turn right as though you were going to Sequoia National Park and continue on the General’s Hwy 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 4 miles, where you will find the Guard Station on the left side of the road. Please refer to the small scale map, or contact the Hume Lake District office for more specific directions.