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Exploring Olympic National Park, WA

Mountains, Lakes, and Rain Forests! Oh my! When exploring Olympic National Park you will find all this and more! Located within the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state, this park is near both the Pacific Ocean and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There's plenty to do in this large state park so make sure you budget enough time to take it all in.
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What Makes Up this Park?


Olympic National Park is one of the most diverse national parks with regards to landscape. The towering Olympic Mountain Range with Mount Olympus in the center offers snowy peaks and vast forests covering the sloping hills. Tons of rivers and lakes can be found all over this park, most leading back to Mount Olympus as the life point. Along with the mountains and the water, you'll find coastal, temperate rain, lowland, montane, and subalpine forests all over the park. With all this going on, there's an endless source of activity in this national park!
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Camp Out In the Park


You'll find 16 different campgrounds to choose from in Olympic National Park. Not all of them can accommodate an RV so make sure to book a stay at one that allows them, unless you're planning to tent camp. Those that only allow tents have only pit toilets and no running water. These sites are as follows:

  • Deer Park Campground

  • Dosewallips Campground (Walk-in Only)

  • North Fork Campground

  • Queets Campground


If you are bringing an RV, there are plenty of campgrounds that do allow and can accommodate them. The RV campgrounds are:

  • Altair Campground

    • 35' and under

    • Flush toilets

    • Running water



  • Elwha Campground

    • 35' and under

    • Flush toilets

    • Running water



  • Fairholme Campground

    • 21' and under

    • Flush toilets

    • Potable water



  • Graves Creek Campground

    • 21' and under

    • Pit toilets



  • Heart O' the Hills Campground

    • 35' and under

    • Flush toilets

    • Potable water



  • Hoh Campground

    • 21' and under

    • Flush toilets

    • Potable water



  • Kalaloch Campground

    • 21' and under

    • Flush toilets

    • Potable water



  • Mora Campground

    • 35' and under

    • Flush toilets

    • Potable water



  • Ozette Campground

    • 21' and under

    • Pit toilets

    • Potable water



  • Sol Duc Campground

    • 35' and under

    • Flush toilets

    • Running water



  • South Beach Campground

    • 35' and under

    • Flush toilets



  • Staircase Campground

    • 35' and under

    • Flush toilets (May – September)

    • Pit toilets (off season)

    • Potable water (May – September)




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Fish the Many Waters


With all the lakes, rivers, streams, and 75 miles of Pacific coast in this National Park, it's a fisherman's dream! You'll find tons of Trout, Bass, and Salmon swimming around the park but some of these species are protected. Make sure you get a license and read over the park's fish and shellfish regulations. You don't want to end up with a hefty fine for taking home something you didn't realize was protected. As with any fishing trip, ensure you scrub the bottom of your boat (if using one) before launch to keep any non-native species out of the water.
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Check out the Tidepools


There are tons of small pools of water left on the shore when the tide recedes back into the ocean. Many creatures find these tidepools and make them their home like colorful anemones and algae. You can explore the tidepools and all the amazing things you can find in them at Olympic National Park. Venture out to these pools on your own or participate in a ranger-lead program! Make sure you take caution when out there, as conditions are slippery. You also want to keep an eye on the tide and ensure it's not going to come back.
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Climbing the Olympic Mountain Range


If you're looking for a great place to climb you've come to the right place! You'll find 3 amazing peaks you can strive to reach in Olympic National Park. Head to the top of Mt. Olympus, which is 7,980 ft., Mt. Deception which is 7,788 ft., or Mt. Constance which is 7,743 ft. Note that the rock here doesn't have a lot of cracks for anchoring climbing protection so you will want to watch for things like trees and rock horns to keep yourself safe. As always, never climb alone and ensure you tell someone else where you will be climbing and what time you expect to be back. This way if something were to happen, someone would notice you missing and know where to look.
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Watch the Abundant Wildlife


If you love animals you'll love the ability to see a diverse range of species in this park. This includes both marine and land wildlife. Some of the great marine wildlife to check out includes whales in the ocean and the salmon in the rivers. Around land you can find mountain goats, black bear, Roosevelt elk, deer, and marmots! If you take a look up you'll be able to see over 250 different bird species, including our nation's Bald Eagle!
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Don't Forget Winter


This park isn't just a summer destination! There's a host of activities you can participate in when the snow starts to fall! With all the mountains in this area you can hit the slopes for some downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding and tubing! Hike through other parts of the park with snowshoes or head out on a cross-country skiing adventure! Head down to the coast of the Pacific during the winter where you can watch the storms roll in as the ocean rises up to respond to the storm with large, crashing waves.
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This park is a great adventure for anyone, no matter what time of year it is! Add Olympic National Park to your bucket list and you will not be disappointed once you check it off!

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