Scenic Beach State Park
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Introduction

Scenic Beach State Park is true to its name. It’s a picturesque little park on Hood Canal with 1,500 feet of dramatic beachfront surrounded by wild rhododendrons and views of the Olympic Mountains. This 88-acre camping park near Seabeck, Washington, offers RV campers the chance to wake up to the sounds and smells of the ocean, just a five minute walk from the beach.

The park is ideal for the avid nature enthusiast. Tucked within hemlock, maple, yew and cedar trees, the opportunities for outdoor recreation here are endless. Bring your boat and enjoy water skiing and tubing, swim, dive and fish the waters of the Hood Canal or pack a picnic to enjoy on the beach – the park wasn’t named “most romantic spot” by local residents for nothing. Or you can spend your days exploring the hiking and biking trails and admiring star fish, sea cucumbers and other fascinating sea life that lie scattered along the beach at low tide.

With a pretty beach and shady picnic areas, Scenic Beach is a popular spot all year round with different activities to keep you busy in the warm summer months and the chilly winter months. But the park is probably most famous for the historic 1911 Emel House with its rolling lawns, intricate gazebo and incredible view of Hood Canal that’s a firm favorite for seaside weddings.

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Transportation in Scenic Beach State Park

Driving

Getting to Scenic Beach State Park is easy as it's located ten miles off Highway 3. There are no driving restrictions within the park and the roads are mostly paved so you won’t have any problems getting around by car or in a bigger rig or RV. The campsites are spacious with 18 pull-through sites allowing for easy maneuvering of larger vehicles.

Parking

There is plenty of day-use parking for day visitors as well as parking spots available throughout the campground. You can also use bikes to get around the park as long as you stick to the paved areas.

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Campgrounds and parking in Scenic Beach State Park

Campsites in Scenic Beach State Park

Reservations camping

Group Campsite

There is a group camp situated close to the Hood Canal that accommodates 20 to 40 campers. Tucked away in the woods, it has a vault toilet and fire pit and is perfect for large family gatherings or occasions.

Campers can stay up to ten consecutive days during the summer and 20 days between October and March. Engine-driven generators can be operated between the hours of 08h00 and 21h00. The park allows pets.

Main Campsite

Scenic Beach State Park is an 88-acre camping park with 52 tent sites and 18 pull-through campsites for RVs and big rigs up to 60 feet. The campsites are basic yet spacious and come with picnic tables and fire pits within a five minute walk of the beach.

Facilities include a kitchen shelter with electricity and three barbecue braziers, six sheltered and 60 unsheltered picnic tables, two modern restrooms (both ADA) with hot showers, potable water and a dump station. A boat ramp is located a half mile to the east and is managed by the Department of Fish and Game. Sports facilities include a ball field, volleyball court, playground and horseshoe pits.

One camping party is allowed per site with a maximum of eight people per campsite. Please note that while the campground is open all year-round, campsites 25 through 50 are closed between October and May. Campers can stay up to 10 consecutive days during the summer and 20 days between October and March. Engine-driven generators can be operated between the hours of 08h00 and 21h00. The park allows pets.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Scenic Beach State Park

In-Season

Picnics

Scenic Beach State Park is a popular spot for picnickers with a variety of landscapes in which to enjoy them. The park was even named the “best romantic spot” by local residents so it’s a great spot for a date. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day on the beach or make use of the shaded picnic areas at the day use area – there are six sheltered and 60 unsheltered picnic tables available.

Hiking and biking

Bring your bicycles along and enjoy exploring the park on two wheels or two feet. While cycling, make sure that you stick only to the paved areas and keep an eye out for pedestrians and you’ll have a wonderful time discovering the sights of this scenic park. Various hiking trails are located within the park. Special hiker/bikers campsites are available at Scenic Beach State Park and are located close to the trail heads.

Boating

With sheltered waters, the Hood Canal offers plenty of opportunity for water-based fun. Bring your canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board along and paddle the calm waters – these can be launched directly from the rocky shore at the park. Boating is also a popular summer activity at the park. While Scenic Beach State Park has no ramp or mooring buoys on-site, you’ll find a ramp at Misery Point in Seabeck a half mile to the east where you can moor your watercraft. Pack your life jackets and enjoy water skiing and tubing to your heart’s content.

Off-Season

Wildlife watching

Scenic Beach State Park is a haven for all sorts of wildlife. Take a stroll through the campsite or cycle the paved tracks and you may spot all kinds of small creatures, such as squirrels, rabbits, skunks and foxes. Larger wildlife such as deer and chipmunks can also be found in the woodlands, while otters may be spotted in the Hood Canal.

Bird watching

As Scenic Beach State Park is open all year round, you can enjoy spotting all sorts of fascinating species, from hawks to herons to sea birds. Bring your binoculars along and keep your eyes peeled for a variety of birds such as hummingbirds, eagles, gulls, ospreys, pheasants, woodpeckers, and ravens.

Beachcombing

Kids will love the chance to explore the marine life that washes up on the rocky beach at low tide. A mix of sand, pebbles and small rocks, the beach is a fantastic place to discover all sorts of interesting creatures, such as crabs, starfish and little fish swimming in small tidal pools. Keep an eye out for oysters and sea cucumbers. As the beach is rocky, be sure to bring aqua shoes or crocs to avoid cutting your feet.

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