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Chimacum, WA, named after a now-extinct Indigenous American tribe, is a region mainly known for small but progressive farmers and other agricultural-related endeavors like wineries, producing grass-fed meat, artisan cheeses and organically grown fruits and vegetables. In addition to perusing the local farmer markets where vendors market their craft foods, goods, and beer, go hiking, swimming, and boating. On a rare clear day, you can see the San Juan Islands from the Fort Worden State Park’s waterfront. The book, “The Egg and I,” was written by Betty MacDonald, who lived in Chimacum, and the original farm is still there.
The closest large town is Port Townsend, about 10 miles to the north. The fastest way to Seattle, some 45 miles to the southeast, is by the Bainbridge Island Ferry. The ferry transit itself typically takes 45 minutes, including the time to load and unload vehicles from the ferry. The Olympic National Park is just a few miles away, to the southwest.
When you rent a motorhome in Chimacum, one of the first destinations you’ll likely want to explore is the Olympic National Park. Encompassing 1,500 square miles, there are a huge array of choices in activities ranging from fishing to stargazing. Some trails for hiking and biking, for example, are only 15 miles away, and others, over 100 miles. The park has three distinct ecosystems: subalpine forest, temperate forest (rainforest), and the Pacific shore/ocean. Explore the rainforests, wade through tidepools and walk through towering firs.
Minutes away from Chimacum, the 500-acre Anderson Lake State Park is a serene place. The terrain is a mix of cedar, fir, and alder forests and freshwater marshes. Horseback riding and biking are permitted here.
Fort Townsend State Park, which encompasses a little over 400 acres of land with a few thousand feet of saltwater shoreline, offers six miles of loamy trails through soaring Douglas-firs, western hemlock, cedar trees, and lush ferns. Wander down to the beach for views of Port Townsend Bay. In addition to hiking, crabbing, clamming, boating, and diving are permitted.
Bring your RV rental to Fort Worden State Park, which is at the very tip-top of the peninsula. This park not only offers miles of hiking and biking trails, but it also has sandy beaches, a public dock and boat launch, kayak rentals, an on-site museum, and unparalleled views of the Cascades and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
When you rent an RV in Chimacum, you’ll need someplace to call home for a few days. There are a few options within a 10-mile radius. The Chimacum area caters to out-of-town visitors.
The Evergreen Coho SKP RV Park may fit the bill if you’re over 55. It offers amenities like 30/50 amps for your RV, laundry and shower facilities, a clubhouse, an outdoor kitchen, and an off-leash dog area for Fido. There are lots for short-term stays; however, they are limited; call ahead to check availability and to reserve.
Alternatively, consider the Port of Townsend’s Marina and RV Park. This park is waterfront, and includes amenities like shower and laundry facilities, WiFi (not free), and is pet-friendly. Walk up to the historic lighthouse at Point Wilson and watch tugboats, fishing boats, and freighter ships go by. This would be an amazing location to park your Chimacum travel trailer rental and enjoy the view.
Fort Worden State Park has RV lots with limited availability. The beachfront spots have 50 amp hookups for your RV sites; tucked between the bluffs and the beaches of Point Wilson. The other campground offers a few 30-amp hookup spaces for your RV and is located back into the woods, so it is more private.
Should you need a quick overnight stay, consider Walmart, truck stops, and larger grocery stores. The closest Walmart is over 20 miles away, in Poulsbo. Overnight camping may be allowed, just check with the manager for permission before you set up for the evening. Grocery stores are limited in this area, although there is a Safeway in Port Townsend. Camping may be allowed here, again, check with the manager for permission.
Though this is a quiet, small town that cherishes its slower pace, there’s plenty of things to do and see in the area. Visit the Finn River Farm, which is on the forefront of the hard cider revival. They offer daily tasting tours, showcasing their hard cider and fruit wines.
Port Townsend, in addition to rows of picturesque Victorian homes, has several boutique shops, art galleries, museums, cafes, and other small businesses. The Jefferson County Historical Society, for example, offers tours of the Rothschild House, which was restored to its early 1900s glory.
There are several boat tours that venture out into areas that offer some of the highest concentration of whales and dolphins and sea life anywhere in the world, including orca and humpback whales.
The Marine Science Center located at Fort Worden makes hands-on exploration of the Salish Sea accessible to everyone. The Museum on the Shore and Aquarium feature countless animals, plants, touch tanks, microscopes, a hydrophone to listen to whales offshore, and one of only six articulated Orca skeletons in the United States. The Center also offers sea wildlife cruises and guided beach walks. Note: the aquarium is closed to visitors in winters; check for the operating hours.
Like Seattle, this region is plagued by a perpetual curtain of drizzle 10 months out of a year. After you have have been out all day enjoying the outdoors, warm up in your a luxury motorhome rental from Chimacum and enjoy the evening together talking about the day's events.
If it's the cool Washington temperatures you are seeking, consider a camper rental in Chimacum, WA. Enjoy the local cuisine, watch a sunset, experience the outdoor activities, and take in the beautiful landscape. Rent a travel trailer in Chimacum, and explore The Evergreen State today!