The General Grant Fire Scar is so large, it dwarfs a fully grown adult.
The Nation’s Christmas Tree

This tree has inspired thousands of people including R.J. Senior and the late Charles E. Lee of Sanger, California. In 1924, R.J. Senior visited what was then General Grant National Park, and found himself standing by the Grant Tree with a little girl. As they admired the huge tree, the girl exclaimed, “what a wonderful Christmas tree it would be!”

The idea stayed with Mr. Senior, and in 1925, with the help of Mr. Lee, the first Christmas program was held at the Grant Tree at noon on Christmas Day. Mr. R.J. Senior, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. Lee, then secretary of the Chamber, conceived the idea of an annual ceremony. Mr. Lee wrote to President Calvin Coolidge, who designated the General Grant as the Nation’s Christmas Tree on April 28, 1926.

It is difficult to comprehend the immense size, age and stature of the General Grant Tree, which is currently the second largest tree in the world by volume, but it is easy to let your mind and spirit rise as its trunk carries your gaze toward the skies.

Visiting the Grant Tree

The General Grant Tree is in Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park. A 1/3-mile (05. km) paved loop trail leads to the tree, and includes other named trees and features, including the Gamlin Cabin, the Fallen Monarch, and the Centennial Stump. Other trails in the area offer opportunities to see sequoias, meadows, and wilderness views.

Kings Canyon National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70.

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Pets are allowed inside the National Forest but NOT inside most areas of the National Parks

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  • Trails:Yes
  • Camping:No
  • Groceries:No
  • Gas:No
  • WiFI:No
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    Q Is this location accessible to people with disabilitites?

    Absolutely! The General Grant tree access is just 0.5 miles from the parking lot and the trail is paved with a gentle slope. It is wheelchair accessible.

    Q Are UAV or drones allowed to fly in the National Parks?

    No. Please read the following guidelines.

    Q Is this location disability / handicap accessible?

    Yes. The manicured, sloped trail is not more than 0.5 miles and leads to a flat, paved viewing area.

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    This is a great accessible trail. It’s a paved loop that takes you to the base of the second largest tree on Earth, while passing by many other Big Trees. No pets are allowed on the trail. This tree is amazing not only because of it’s size but also what it represents. On the second Sunday of December, the city of Sanger hosts the Annual Trek to the Tree. Where the tree is celebrated as the nations Christmas Tree. It’s open to the public. Every November 11th at 11am, local veterans come to the tree carrying flags and have a moment of silence in honor of those who have died for our country. Taps is played as well. What a beautiful way to remember the lives of those who died for our country.

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