Olympic National Forest
Guide

Introduction

Fall in love with Olympic National Forest when you take your next RV trip to Washington. Nestled in the Pacific Northwest area, this National Forest is located on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. From breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains to exploring the enchanted rainforest, this is a trip you won’t soon forget, so make sure to pack your camera in your rig. The Forest offers 600,000 acres to explore along the Pacific coastline. Olympic National Forest should not be confused with Olympic National Park, which is located just to the north and contains the tallest of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Olympus.

Fido will need to join you as pets are welcomed within the Olympic National Forest. Due to the vastness of this Forest, try to spend a few days camping in your trailer here, so you have a chance to see all that this area has to offer during your stay. There are a beautiful, cascading waterfalls to explore like Merriman Falls and Spoon Creek Falls. You can go saltwater fishing or cruising on your boat along Lake Quinault. Join thousands of others who have visited the unforgettable Olympic National Forest, as photos and words can not explain how beautiful this park really is.

From biking and hiking to horseback riding and hunting, Olympic National Forest is truly an outdoor lover's paradise. Winter brings a number of unique activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. There are 11 RV campgrounds within Olympic National Forest. Read on to find out details about four of those featured campgrounds you can choose for RV camping trip.

RV Rentals in Olympic National Forest

Transportation

Driving

Dreaming of your next adventure? Then get ready to have one of your best RV vacations yet at Olympic National Forest. This beautiful Foresr is less than three hours from Portland, two hours from Seattle, and less than an hour from Olympia, Washington. To access the park, travel the 1-5 corridor or any of the state’s highways to the Olympic Peninsula. Once you arrive in the Peninsula, travel to Hwy 101 that will take you to many of the different campgrounds at Olympic National Forest. Due to the vast size of the Forest, you will want to explore all of its regions in your rig or smaller vehicle.

Parking

Public Transportation

Campgrounds and parking in Olympic National Forest

Campsites in Olympic National Forest

Reservations camping

Coho Campground

Reserve your spot today at this fantastic campground nestled next to Wynoochee Lake. With 58 primitive RV sites to select, you’ll find that this area provides some unforgettable views of the park among the hardwoods and evergreens. Take a dip in the lake or get out in your boat to enjoy all that the water has to offer. Toilets and potable water are available, and the area is pet-friendly for campers. This campground can fit RVs and trailer up to 36 feet long. From having a moment in the peaceful space to out exploring the forest, you’ll be glad you came to the Coho Campground.

First-come first-served

Seal Rock Campground

This incredible campground has access to the freshest seafood around - especially oysters. Plus, you'll get great mountain views and scenic overlooks of Hood Canal. Come and bring your RV to camp at one of the 41 first-come, first-served campsites. With large, shady sites, you’ll be glad that you brought your dog along as there is so much to explore. Toilets, picnic tables, and potable water are available for campers to use during their stay. Make sure to bring your camera to capture these amazing views from your RV.

Falls View Campground

You’ll want to get here early to claim one of the first-come, first-served 31 RV sites at Falls View Campground. With great water access, enjoy time out in Quilcene Bay on your boat, water skiing, or swimming. This is a great place to access the Falls View Trail that takes you to the breathtaking 120-foot waterfall. RVs, motorhomes, and trailers up to 35 feet long can be accommodated. Toilets are available at this primitive campground, and feel free to bring your pets along.

Lena Creek Campground

C’mon out in your RV to a gem of a camping site at Lena Creek Campground. A great base camping spot to relax and get away from it all, this campground has 13 primitive first-come, first-serve sites. There are toilets available at this campground and potable water. Pets are welcome too. If you plan to explore the backcountry of Olympic National Forest by hiking the trails to Lena Lake or heading out into the Brother Wilderness, this campground is the one for you.

Seasonal activities in Olympic National Forest

In-Season

Picnicking

After a busy day out in the water, exploring the waterfalls or hiking the trails at Olympic National Forest, make time to have an outdoor picnic during your RV trip. Have a meal among the rainforest or along the lake shores as you take in the tranquil scenery of this Washington forest. Not all campsites provide picnic tables that are first-come, first-served, so bring a picnic blanket in your Airstream.

Getting Out in the Water

Grab your swimsuit and get out from your RV camping site and have some fun at Olympic National Forest. With opportunities to get out on your boat, take a dip in the crystal clear water and scuba diving, your trip will be amazing. Stretch out on your beach towel along the sand as you rest and take in a few moments of sun. C’mon and relax - you deserve a break.

Learning Outdoors

Olympic National Forest offers a number of ways for the whole family to get out of the camper and learn about the great outdoors. If you head to Seal Rock Campground you can learn about the history of original settlers of the area along the Native American Nature Trail. If you want to learn about the amazing nature all around you, head off on the Tideland Ecology Trail, which offers interpretive signs about the ecology of Hood Canal. Another interesting stop for history buffs is the Lake Quinault Lodge. Built in the 1920s, you'll enjoy learning about the rustic lodge's famous visitors like President Franklin Roosevelt.

Off-Season

Fishing

This area is an angler’s delight as there are a variety of places to fish at Olympic National Forest. Enjoy fishing from a peaceful stream or river to catch your next meal or get out on your boat at the high elevation lakes. Plan to visit the Seal Rock Campground as the park offers saltwater fishing among the breathtaking views of this Washington gem. Famous for Northwest salmon and steelhead, numerous warm-water fish and a variety of trout unique to this Northwest Pacific area to catch on your next trip.

Snow Sports

Washington's forests turn into a winter wonderland when the trees and mountains become snow-capped vistas. An excellent experience for those who love a little fun during their RV winter camping trip, Olympic National Forest offers trails for cross country skiing and snow-shoeing to explore this fantastic forest. Before you head out, take a moment to check the weather and be prepared - your adventure awaits.

Hiking

Get out of the campervan and head out on one of the many trails at this National Forest. There are over 250 miles of trails that can be explored any time of the year. If you have young children or want an easy stroll, check out one of the eight nature trails such as the Brown Creek Nature Trail. Each nature trail is under a mile long and offers interpretive areas to help you learn about the local natural and cultural history. If you are looking for beautiful views you won't want to miss a chance to see some incredible waterfalls, like Fallsview Falls or Merriman Falls. Or you can trek along beautiful lakefront views on the Quinault National Recreation Trail System.