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Atwell Mill Campground

Capacity: 120 People
Elevation: 6,650 Feet (2072.9 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days between June 14 and September 14, 30 Days per year
Number of Sites: 21 Campsites
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 205 Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks
Recommended Season: Summer
Reservation Status: Not Accepted
Usage: Heavy in Summer
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle windy, dirt road

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General Description

The Atwell Mill Campground lies along Mineral King Road in the East Fork Kaweah River Valley. The site consists of 21 campsites each with a picnic table and fire pit with a grill. Campground amenities include drinking water and pit toilets. Nearby amenities include food, showers and a pay phone. This site is not open to RVs or trailers and drinking water is not available after 10/31. Campers at Atwell Mill can enjoy hiking, horseback riding and backpacking opportunities. The surrounding terrain is mountainous with a variety of wildlife and vegetation, including black bear and sequoias.

Directions from Three Rivers: Travel north on Highway 198 2.5 miles to Mineral King Road. Turn right on Mineral King Road (not recommended for RVs and Trailers) and drive approximately 18 miles to Atwell Mill Campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Mid-June through October (NOTE: Opening date varies each year depending on conditions.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
single-unit campsite Call for Current Fee Per Night

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Ben (Pasadena, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My wife and I camped here in August 2000 and we were thoroughly impressed with it. It was very quiet (there were only two other campers at our site) and we even saw several deer at our site. The road was extremely high and windy, and it took forever to get to the campsite. There is a very nice hiking trail that begins at the campsite and is definitely worth the spent energy.
Conditions: It was super humid but the campground itself is shady. Again, the road to the campsite is very steep, windy and one-way only...totally terrifying for someone that's afraid of heights (my wife).
Water Availability: Running water in the river next to the campground as well as running water at the campground.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Atwell Mill Campground - Paradise Ridge Trail, Atwell-Hockett Trail
ICON Camping Atwell Mill Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Atwell Mill Campground - East Fork Kaweah River
ICON Hiking & Walking Atwell Mill Campground
ICON Bird Identification Atwell Mill Campground
ICON Firewood Gathering Atwell Mill Campground - only downed and dead wood, best to bring wood to campground from outside National Park
ICON Mushroom Identification Atwell Mill Campground
ICON Plant Identification Atwell Mill Campground
ICON Wildflower Identification Atwell Mill Campground
ICON Mountain Biking Atwell Mill Campground - Mineral King Road
ICON Scenic Driving Atwell Mill Campground - Mineral King Road, not recommended for RVs and trailers
ICON Viewing Scenery Atwell Mill Campground

Related Activities
Atwell-Hockett Trail - This is an easy to moderate, ten-mile climb through giant sequoia groves and meadows.

Mineral King Road - This road leads 25 miles eastward from Highway 198 at Hammond. It provides access to a plethora of recreation opportunities.

Paradise Ridge Trail - This trail leads north out of the East Fork Kaweah River Valley over Paradise Ridge through groves of sequoias.

More Information

Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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