“see Native American petroglyphs”
Hospital Rock is a large quartzite rock in Sequoia National Park, located just off of the Generals Highway, on the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River. Hospital Rock was once home to 500 Potwisha Native Americans. Archaeological evidence shows settlement as early as 1350, and bedrock mortar sites and petroglyphs remain. The Native Americans mostly used this site in the winter months. In 1860, Hale Tharp and his brother-in-law, John Swanson, were exploring the Giant Forest when Swanson sustained an injury to his leg. Swanson was transported to the locale where the injury was treated by local Indians. Hale Tharp gave the spot its name after a second similar incident. In 1873, James Everton recovered from a gunshot wound at the site. He had been injured by a shotgun snare set to trap bear. Hospital Rock is a public archaeological site that now features a parking lot and picnic area. A short trail was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps that leads to a waterfall nearby.
It's just a short walk to the riverbank, but be careful as you approach because it can be slippery. The main cause of death at Sequoia National Park is drowning, so watch the little ones.
There's also lots of ticks, poison oak, bears, and rattlesnakes. So, be aware of your surroundings. Hospital Rock is a great place to enjoy a picnic.
It's worth a stop because it's such a short walk-like seriously, stop, it'll take less than three minutes to walk there. It's pretty neat!
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