Between the state capital of Olympia and the port city of Aberdeen, Elma is a small town in rural Washington with divine beauty. The community was first settled way back in 1853, making it one of the first non-native settlements in the Pacific Northwest. Elma was named for a man named Elmer Brown who fought on behalf of the Union during the Civil War.
Since it was finally incorporated in 1888, Elma has managed to retain its small size and laid-back atmosphere, but there is no doubt that this woodsy enclave in western Washington is poised for a popularity boost in the not-so-distant future. With unimaginable natural beauty in seemingly every direction, using an Elma motorhome rental is quite possibly the best way to see the town as well as the rest of Grays Harbor County. It doesn’t hurt that Seattle is only a 90-minute drive away, so hitting the road for an adventure enables you to see a variety of different places in magical Washington State.
Experience the Sites and Scenery
When you book an RV in Elma, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of parks, recreation areas, forests, and other outdoor spots. There is really no wrong way to go in your Elma camper rental as each part of the state has its own unique characteristics, all just as beautiful as the next. Lake Sylvia State Park, for instance, is a smaller park the next town over from Elma. Sylvia Lake is the main feature of the tiny park and was once a lumber mill pond before being deeded to the state. Much of the park is dense rainforest, teeming with migratory birds and other woodland animals. You can fish or canoe on the open waters of Sylvia Lake and camp out along the water in your Elma motorhome rental.
Westport Light State Park is out on the coast on the entrance to North Bay. There are stellar beaches and hiking trails, though camping is not an option here. You can comb the beaches for shells and driftwood, have a picnic by the sea, or take a tour of the Grays Harbor Lighthouse which happens to be the tallest lighthouse in Washington, and over 100 years old. To the south of Westport Light State Park is Grayland Beach State Park, another incredible place to see the splendid Washington coast and the picturesque scenery that comes with it. You can hike the beaches and enjoy fantastic sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, catch fish and go clamming, have a beach bonfire and cookout, and camp out in your Elma RV rental while you anticipate the next day on the enchanting beaches of Washington.
When you rent an RV in Elma, there are two world-class national parks within a few hours’ drive, so there is no excuse to not see at least one of these natural treasures. Olympic National Park is a half hour's drive north of town so naturally, it is your best bet to see one of the most popular parks in the country. Numbers don’t lie and well over three million visitors enter this mountainous park each year to hike through its temperate rainforests, explore its rocky coastlines, and see its sublime mountain peaks up close. You can climb the snowcapped Olympic Mountain giants if you are adventurous, but most people simply opt to hike around the sprawling park. There are several campgrounds that can accommodate your Elma RV rental so staying multiple nights is a fantastic idea if you have the time.
Where to Park It
Finding a safe and comfortable campground to set up camp should not present too much of a challenge at all when you arrive in Elma. Travel Inn RV Resort, for instance, can be found in town and is home to amenities like basketball courts, sports fields, a large clubhouse for events, and a swimming pool.
Elma RV Park is another obvious choice, found right in the heart of town. The park is within walking distance of several local shops and restaurants, and it has a spacious clubhouse with a digital nomad work center, complimentary drinks, a library, and much more.
Hoquiam River RV Park is closer to the coast around 25 miles west of town. This riverfront campground is a scenic, pet-friendly spot with modern amenities. The park is only a mile outside the center of Hoquiam, so it is quite easy to find. Lake Sylvia State Park and other state and national parks in the region are always options when you need a place to camp in a pinch, so don’t forget to consider these public campgrounds.
It would be wise to temper your expectations when you opt to rent an RV in Elma, as there are not many things to do in town aside from dining or walking around. If you are seeking a place to check out some attractions, nearby Aberdeen is a solid place to check out. The Aberdeen Art Center is a workspace and gallery for local artists to build their own community and share their work with the world. You can look through the exhibits and galleries or buy some crafts to support the local art scene too. Driftwood Players Theater continues the artsy trend with fantastic performances by dedicated actors in an intimate theater setting. The theater has been running since the 1960s and has frequent performances of musicals and stage productions for the community to enjoy.
The Polson Museum is a lovely institution with a focus on history where you can learn fascinating facts about the area’s complicated past. Nearly every historical topic is covered in this museum, with a focus on the logging industry that first spurred the growth of towns and cities in the region.