Seven Circles Retreat Center
DIRECTIONS TO SEVEN CIRCLES FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
At Fresno, follow signs for Hwy 180 East – “Kings Canyon Highway” (there is a right hand turnoff the freeway for Hwy 180 East) Take Hwy 180 East – it will end at Clovis Road (NOT “Clovis” but the exit following Peach Ave.) Take the Clovis Road exit #63 and turn right Get gas in Fresno – there is no gas up at Badger. There are gas stations on Clovis Ave. and after you turn on Hwy 180 East Get in the left-hand lane and watch for the sign for Hwy 180 East. Turn left on Kings Canyon Hwy (Hwy 180 East) – there will be a Walgreen’s on the right side of the road and an Orchard Supply Hardware on the left side. There is a Von’s market after you turn if you need anything.
On Hwy 180 after you pass the town of Minkler there will be a sign showing 180 turning left to“Squaw Valley”. Turn left – there is a fruit stand on the corner across the street. Watch for the sign saying “Pinehurst 5 mi” and turn right on Hwy 245. In Pinehurst, there is the Pinehurst Lodge – a restaurant and small store. Take 245, going past the Tulare County sign, and the Badger Creek Fire Station. Soon after the sign for the town of BADGER Seven Circles Retreat Center will be on your left.
DIRECTIONS TO SEVEN CIRCLES FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Take Hwy 99 north. Turn off at Hwy 198 EAST towards Visalia. Take Hwy 198 past the town of "Lemon Cove" and watch for Road 216 - turn LEFT there: there will be a "Prince Mart" gas station on the left-hand corner. This will be your LAST GAS station so if you didn't fill up before hand, do fill your tank here. There is also a little store and deli at Prince Mart.
Less than a mile down Road 216, right across the Kaweah River, will be a right turn for "Badger - 19 miles" at Dry Creek Drive. Take this road – drive slowly as it is often one lane wide.
.At the end of Dry Creek Drive is a stop sign at Hwy 245 - veer toward the right, almost going straight (do NOT turn left). Across this intersection is the Mountain House Café – the closest restaurant to Seven Circles. Continue on Hwy 245 – just past the intersection for Eshom Valley Road you will see Seven Circles Retreat on your right.
(The Managers are Chris & Jim at 559-337-0211)
We try to be as eco-friendly as possible with a naturally occurring well water system and a state of the art, on demand water heating system.
Seven Circles has been helping youth, multi denomination religious and Spiritual groups, familes, and individual visitors to the southern Sierra Nevada find a quiet pristine place for inspiration and renewal.
Located on 24.2 acres, near the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, we offer secluded and inspiring hikes to views and vistas to the east and west. Our eastern view is of the beginning of the southern Sierra Nevada, a dramatic sight indeed. To get there, you can walk through two Manzanita tunnels that are striking in their unique beauty.
We have always felt there is a special feeling or "atmosphere" on this land. A couple years after we began operation, confirmation of that feeling came from the local first nation elders whose tribes lived near this land. They explained that there are no grinding holes in the granite rock to grind corn anywhere on Seven Circles because our land was the Spiritual gathering place for their people. That may have contributed to the special feeling we all sense there. We hope you can experience this too, as so many groups, families and guests have before.
(The Managers are Chris & Jim at 559-337-0211)
Lodging Style and Amenities
Our lodging is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It is simple with a rustic charm, and very comfortable. Every guest room has been lovingly remodeled to provide comfort in this mountain charm. We have a warm and inviting lodge with a professionally stocked kitchen that can be used for catered meals by our staff or you can use it to prepare your meals.
We have a pool that is quite unique, fashioned in the shape of an Irish Shamrock. Our most special and unique meeting space is our large Yurt which is a round structure that is quite comfortable and beautiful inside. Internet access with WiFi coverage is available in all the rooms.
Pet Friendly Notes
Not able to accommodate pet request!
Onsite activities include hiking, sports and our shamrock-shaped swimming pool. Sports include badminton, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, a swing set and playing field.
Seven Circles is near two spectacular National Parks - Sequoia and Kings Canyon. These feature hiking, fishing, cavern tours, bird watching, rock climbing, river rafting and kayaking, horseback riding, naturalist programs, winter snowshoeing, cross country skiing and sledding.
Kings Canyon Highlights
- Grant Grove – General Grant Tree and other giants along a gentle trail; visitor center and restaurant nearby
- Boyden Caverns - The caverns have a picnic area by the Kings River, gift shop featuring rocks, and ice cream available
- Buck Rock – One of the last fire lookout stations in the southern Sierra Nevada
- Zumwaldt Meadows – with a natural wading area in the Kings River
Sequoia National Park Highlights
- General Sherman tree, Giant Forest Museum, and Big Trees Trail
- Crystal Cave
- Moro Rock – View of the Great Western Divide via steps cut into this granite dome
- Tokopah Falls – 3-mile hike to spectacular falls
Also close by is Hume Lake with a white sand beach, rental boats and canoes.
$30 to $50 per night per person
- Locally or Family-Owned Business