About Dispersed Camping Olympic National Forest

Jan 12, 2021 12:30 PM

Camping Olympic National Park - Photo by Benson Kalahar from Google Maps

Let's familiarize ourselves with the term of dispersed camping first before we discuss more about the Camping Olympic National Forest.

Dispersed camping is like camping outside and preparing all the things on your own, such as selecting a campsite, providing your amenities, and camping for free. You can choose a campsite screened from roads and trails, and it should be at least 200 feet from the water.

Pets are allowed to accompany you during the adventure time. Most importantly, keep the area clean when you leave it, like store your food and trash properly.    

Camping in Olympic National Forest

Camping Olympic National Park - Photo by Gary Fryer from Google Maps

Cabin Rentals

Calling for the outdoor enthusiasts, Olympic National Forest provides a wide variety of camping experiences and settings. You will enjoy camping next to a peaceful lake in a dense conifer forest. There are around three historic cabins such as Hamma Hamma, Interior, and Louella Cabins. It can be booked online at www.recreation.gov or contact the staff at (360) 765-2200.

Campground Camping

Tripboba has picked about top five campground camping areas in Olympic National Forest, as follows:

1. Forks Area

Areas for Campground Camping at Forks area are divided into two, such as Klahanie Campground and Klahowya Campground. Klahanie Campground is located on the South Fork Calawah River. Klahanie Campground has a beautiful basecamp to explore the unique shops and calendar events of Forks like the surrounding landscape sound.

The amenities include picnic tables, toilets, parking area, tent camping, and camping trailer. Besides, Klahowya Campground is located on the south shore of the Sol Duc River. The visitors will be able to do some outdoor activities such as fishing and picnicking. The maximum capacity is five-person per campsite. Klahowya Campground amenities include the boat ramp, tent camping, camping trailer, toilets, drinking water, etc.

2. Quinault Area

Just make your visit memorable by staying in the Quinault area. It provides several varieties of recreation opportunities. Quinault area is home to the historic Lake Quinault Lodge, various campgrounds, Quinault National Recreation Trail, Colonel Bob Wilderness, and the West Fork Humptulips River. 

3. Hood Canal-South Area

You will be spoiled by the view of Lake Cushman, the Hamma Hamma, and the South Fork Skokomish River. Besides, take the advantage of visiting Wonder Mountain, Mount Skokomish, and the southern part of The Brothers Wildernesses. There are several things to do here and outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, horse riding, outdoor learning, picnicking, etc.

4. Dungeness Area

Dungeness Area is located in the northeastern corner of the Olympic Peninsula. The Dungeness areas are well known for the subalpine flower blooms and several butterfly species. This area has access to the trails along the rivers, which are connected to the popular National Park trails.

5. Dosewallips Area 

In the Dosewallips area, there are two campgrounds, Falls View and Seal Rock campground. To see the highlight, read the brief explanation below:

  • Falls View Campground

         This area is well known for its oysters and clam beds, including swimming, boating, and waterskiing. 

  • Seal Rock Campground

          Enjoy a stunning view of Hood Canal and the mountains to the southeast, located directly on Hood Canal.


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