Notes: Giant Forest, located on a plateau between the Marble and Middle Forks of Kaweah River, is the largest grove of giant redwoods in Sequoia National Park. Potwisha indians led cattleman Hale Dixon Tharp to Giant Forest in September 1858, and naturalist John Muir, who visited Tharp later, explored and named Giant Forest in 1875.
Excluded from the original park, Giant Forest became part of Sequoia National Park when the park expanded on October 1, 1890. The grove remains the most-accessible of all giant redwood groves with over 8 mi (13 km) of roads and 40 mi (64 km) of hiking trails.
Giant Forest includes the world's largest tree (General Sherman), the oldest living redwood (President), the redwood with the most leaves (President), the tallest giant redwood (Near Sherman), the giant redwood with the largest crown (President), and 4 of the 10 largest trees on Earth (Franklin, General Sherman, Lincoln, and President). The grove contains 13 trees larger than 25,000 ft3 (708 m3), 12 trees larger than 30,000 ft3 (850 m3), 8 trees larger than 35,000 ft3 (991 m3), 5 trees larger than 40,000 ft3 (1,133 m3), 3 trees larger than 45,000 ft3 (1,274 m3), 2 trees larger than 50,000 ft3 (1,416 m3), and 1 tree larger than 55,000 ft3 (1,557 m3).
Giant Forest includes the following giant redwoods:
Photos: Pictures of Giant Forest