Where to Camp
Here's just some of the many camping opportunities available to you. Visit our blog for more detailed information on many of the locations. Click here for a map of the Olympic Peninsula. If your schedule can allow, consider planning at least 3 nights, which will give you 2 full days to enjoy your camping experience.
Olympic National Park - With over 1,400 square miles within it's boundaries and containing three distinctly different ecosystems, Olympic National Park arguably has more diversity than any other of our national parks. It has spectacular alpine country dotted with sparkling lakes, lush meadows and glaciers, 60 miles of wild and empty beaches on the Pacific coast and North America's finest temperate rain forest with stunning stands of old-growth trees. These diverse ecosystems are still largely pristine in character and about 95% of the park is designated wilderness. The Park operates 16 campgrounds with a total of 910 campsites. All campsites are first-come, first-served, except for Kalaloch and Sol Duc, which can be reserved on-line at www.recreation.gov. The best strategy for securing a campsite is to be at the campground between 10AM and 12PM. Check the reservation board to see who's leaving and also drive around to see who's packing up. See a large map of the park here. Make sure that you visit the ONP site to confirm whether your campground of choice is open as there will be scheduled closings this year at several parks. Below are some, but not all of the ONP's campgrounds.
National Forest Land - Surrounding the Olympic National Park are more than 633,000 acres of National Forest Land with 19 developed campgrounds and 3 rustic sites. All sites are first come, first served.
Port Townsend Area - Marrying the authenticity of it's Victorian maritime history with a thriving Arts community, Port Townsend is a unique destination point. Home to Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend plays host to many annual festivals celebrating Jazz, Blues, Film, Fiddle Music, Writing and... Wooden Boats. With great restaurants and shopping, Port Townsend itself is a walkers and bike riders delight with miles of trails and bike lanes within the city limits. You can easily spend a week here exploring the town and nearby areas and it's close enough to Olympic National Park for day trips. We will set up and take down your campsite for you at any of the PT area campgrounds. See Gear and Rates for details.
WA State Parks - There are at least 9 State Park Campgrounds within reach of Port Hadlock, some of which you can reserve on-line. Make your reservations early since some of the parks fill up fast, especially for holidays. As of July 1st, 2011, there is an entrance fee for all WA State Parks. You can either pay $10/car upon entry or buy an annual pass for $30. If you're camping in a WA State Park, the entry fee is included in your camping fee and you do not need to purchase the pass.
Clallam County Parks - Four campgrounds are listed on the web site. Campsites are available both by reservation and first come, first served.
Vancouver Island - This is a big island with National, Provincial and private campgrounds . Ferry information to Victoria here.
Whidbey Island - Eight campgrounds are listed of which seven are State Parks. Ferry information here.
San Juan Islands - Including Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Island, there are seven campgrounds listed. Ferry information here.
Nine Hikes in the Olympic National Park