Hiking is one of the least expensive ways to get exercise, get a vacation, and have fun. Fresno residents are lucky to be a short drive from Sierra National Forest which houses the Nelder Grove. The Nelder Grove is a grove of Giant Sequoia trees along with about 1500 acres to hike in.
The easiest way to reach this from Fresno is to take Highway 41. From Highway 41 head toward Oakhurst which is a tiny town with a variety of eateries and gas stations along with a map and department stores. Exit Highway 41 just north of Oakhurst and take the Sky Ranch Road which is otherwise known as Road 632. Drive on this road for approximately 7 miles. You will see a dirt road labeled 6S47Y, look carefully for this road as it is quite easy to miss. After you turn left onto 6S47Y drive for approximately a mile until you reach 6S90. At 6S90 intersection a trail head is a half mile to the left and campgrounds and more trail heads are under a half mile to the right.
The great thing about this area is that the camping stops are free. The bad thing is that only two of the sites are available for walk-ons. Additionally the other bad thing is there are only 7 camping spots. The last challenge is that the roads into the camp are gravel covered and have tree canopies over some sections. Try to avoid driving low or long vehicles as they could encounter challenges. There are several trails, artifact displays, and historical replicas near the camp including life size replicas depicting logging techniques.