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Originating as a coal mining settlement for the Black Diamond Coal Mining Company of California, Black Diamond, Washington became a town in its own right in 1959. It was originally settled by mostly European immigrants who came to work the mines, which was shut down following World War I when it became no longer viable.
A second mining boom happened in the early 1930s and has continued until recent years, although today Black Diamond serves predominantly as a community for people working in Seattle. It’s renowned amongst locals for the Black Diamond Bakery that produces a range of delicious bread and baked goods while being on the doorstep of Tiger Mountain’s hiking and mountain biking trails.
One the northern edge of the city sprawls the Black Diamond Open Space, which encompasses mature forest, wetlands, and shrublands that are crisscrossed by trails. In addition to hiking, it’s a popular mountain biking area, with fun cross-country routes to explore. Pick up your RV rental in Black Diamond and opt to tackle one of Tiger Mountain’s shorter trails or venture off on the biking and hiking trails that connect north into Henry’s Ridge Natural Area.
Also to the north of Black Diamond is the Tiger Mountain State Forest, which encompasses six peaks in the center of the Issaquah Alps. This large conservation area sprawls across more than 13,500 acres and offers plenty of hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities, with pets welcome to join you in some areas. Mountain bikers can test their skills on the Raging River Trail System, with something to suit all levels, while hikers can tackle the Tiger Summit, which affords panoramic views of Seattle.
You can also rent a motorhome in Black Diamond and drive to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range. It protects vast tracts of wilderness that can be accessed along its miles of hiking trails, which are ideal for those seeking an escape. Take in the sweeping views from the summit of Goat Peak or trek to Maple Pass to photograph the majestic Okanogan Valley, with the park’s trails transforming for cross-country and downhill skiing during the winter months.
Pick up your RV rental near Black Diamond and you can drive to the Blue Sky RV Resort in Issaquah. The resort is a pet-friendly RV destination that nestles in landscaped gardens at the base of Tiger Mountain. It offers full hookup sites with 30 and 50 amps and a coin-op laundry facility, as well as covered picnic areas, a clubhouse, and high-speed internet.
Also nearby is the Issaquah Village RV Park, which connects along a walking and biking path to the downtown area. There are more than 50 full hookup sites with 30 and 50 amp service, as well as clean restrooms, a children’s playground, and horseshoe pit.
You can also head west to the Seattle / Tacoma KOA in Kent, which has a range of full hookup sites, as well as a heated pool and rental bicycles to keep visitors of all ages entertained. There are a camping kitchen and Wi-Fi, with cable TV available.
Black Diamond is home to supermarkets and a range of eateries where you can dine out. There are also gas stations if you need to fill up your motorhome rental in Black Diamond. You can also drive north to Renton where you’ll find a Walmart and may be able to set up for a night or two with the manager’s permission.
Begin your exploration of Black Diamond at the former train station, which is now occupied by the Black Diamond Museum. It showcases the history of the Columbia & Puget Sound Railway (1884-1916) and the Pacific Coast Railway (1916-1951), as well as the town’s mining legacy. Exhibits include the old Selleck school bell, mine cars, and a bell tower, as well as the original Black Diamond Jail.
If you’re particularly interested in the mining history of Black Diamond, make a point of stopping by the historic Miners’ Cabin on Morgan Street, which is one of the only remaining examples of a late-19th-century mining cabin. Also of note is the Luigi & Aurora Pagani House, which is believed to have been built by two Italian miners who lived here until the 1920s.
Park your camper rental in Black Diamond and visit the Black Diamond Cemetery, which was founded in 1884 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers a fascinating insight into the cultural diversity of the town due to its mining industry, as well as the tragedies that occurred here during the peak of the coal operations. There are more than 1,200 graves at the cemetery, with gravestones marking the resting place of those who hailed from Italy, Australia, Russia, and Germany, together with numerous children who died during smallpox and flu epidemics in the early 1900s.
Whether you’re visiting King County for its outdoor trails or mining history, book an RV in Black Diamond and start exploring.