Friday, May 6, 2016

Three Rivers Hideaway, April 27 to May 4, 2016

Overall Rating: 3.5 on a scale of 5

Location: We selected this RV park because it is so close to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. It is only about 5 miles from the Ash Mountain Entrance to Sequoia. With a one-week stay, we visited the parks for three days and were very happy to be so close. This park was also convenient to Lake Kaweah where we spent a lovely day at the Slick Rock Recreation Area. Three Rivers has a population of about 2,600 so we were also near a couple of relatively small grocery stores, gas stations, post office, and restaurants. Many people stay here to enjoy the whitewater rafting trips that depart daily from here. 

Lot Size: There are full-time residents in trailers or RVs, RV sites with full hooks and cable TV, as lots of tent camping sites. 

The lots here are all back-ins for RVs and a little narrow, although a picnic table and fire ring are available at each. Wifi is available at no additional charge, but was sometimes too slow. We were able to get decent AT&T reception for cellular service. Our site was nicely shaded. 

Amenities: The amenities here include cable TV, wifi, laundry room, and common room in the office building with large TV and lending library of books and DVDs. The laundry room has one (large, front-load) washer and one dryer ($1.50/per wash or dry). This was sufficient for our needs while we were there for a week. The laundry room is located in the same building as the bathrooms/showers and there is another bathroom building closer to the river and camp sites. 

Kids enjoy swimming in the river. 

Folks here are primarily looking to enjoy nature at the national parks or nearby Lake Kaweah recreation areas and whitewater rafting. 

Cost: $268/week; 7th night free.

Management: Nice laid back place. When we arrived, I checked in at the office where they provided our assigned site and told us to get set up and then return to pay. 

When  I returned to the office to pay for our stay, they provided information about the area, the national parks, of course, and the whitewater rafting adventures that depart from here daily. In particular, it was good to know about the policy with requiring tire chains (for bad weather) when visiting the parks. We ended up not needing to rent any, but it was definitely good to know. Also, I got quarters for laundry here. 

General Comments: There is one primary road from the entrance to the park down to the Kaweah River. 

When pulling in and out we were careful not to block the road, as other vehicles came in for whitewater rafting trips or to/from their campsites. Most RVs stayed only a couple of days here while visiting the national parks, but there are also full-time residents. Everyone here was very friendly, both the full time residents and fellow RVers. I really enjoyed meeting Debbie and her wonderful, lovable, large doggy, Duffy. He is a sweet Irish wolf hound. He has his own Facebook page, Down the Road with Duffy. Check it out! They are planning to head north and journey to Alaska this year! 

The park met our expectations and provided what we expected. I was very happy that we chose to be so close to the Ash Mountain entrance. These RV sites that are close to the national parks can be somewhat pricey, but we offset the expense with one- or two-month stays at parks during the winter months. 

Our last night in Three Rivers we went out to dinner at the River View Restaurant and Lounge. We sat on the deck that overlooks the Kaweah River and Sadie was allowed to join us there (by entering  via the cabana, not permitted to walk through the restaurant). The place was pretty busy (as there are not that many restaurants in the small community of Three Rivers), but we had decent service and enjoyed our food. It was a nice way to end our week-long stay here.

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