Fairholme Campground sits at the far western end of Lake Crescent, a cold, clear, glacially carved lake with depths down to 624 feet. An Indian legend tells us of the creation of Lake Crescent... There was much fighting between the Klallam and Quileute tribes along a small river that flowed through the present site of Lake Crescent. The disagreements escalated into a great battle that lasted three days. The mountain spirit of the area became very upset at the foolish fighting. He hurled a gigantic boulder down at them, killing all of the warriors. The boulder was so big that it dammed the river and the water backed up, forming Lake Crescent. For many years, tribal members did not visit the area where their reletives were killed.
This is a large, wooded campground with 88 sites, running water and flush toilets. Nearby are the General Store, swimming area and boat launch. Fairholme is nicely located to set up a base camp from which to do day trips to Lake Crescent Lodge and Sol Duc Hot Springs. We like to bring our bikes here to ride the nearby Spruce Railroad Trail which goes from the Log Cabin Lodge at the eastern end of the lake to the Sol Duc turnoff on Rt 101. The section from Rt 101 down to the road that Fairholme Campground is on was recently paved and is an easy joy to ride. The section to the Log Cabin Lodge will require walking your bike through a few sections, but is mostly ride-able.