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On the eastern edge of the most northwestern state, you’ll find three of the biggest cities in the Pacific northwest. Just off of I-5, midway between Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR, and a short drive from the state capital of Olympia rests Millersylvania State Park. It sits in a forest of old-growth cedar and fir trees and encompasses 3,300 feet of shoreline on Deep Lake.
This 842-acre park was constructed in 1935 by order of President Roosevelt as part of the nationwide New Deal project. The Miller family owned it for years before they sold it to the state in 1922. The only stipulation was that it must only ever be used as a state park. The CCC spent several years constructing the park’s walkways and buildings.
RV campers in the Pacific northwest will find this park relaxing and enjoyable. You can do some hiking, biking, swimming, and boating at Millersylvania State Park, and that's just scratching the surface. Rent an RV in Thurston County and start making memories.
If you’d like to take the boat out for a spin, Deep Lake has a boat launch and a 100-foot dock. Breathe in that fresh West Coast air and become one with nature out there on the water. Motorized boats are allowed on the lake; however, it's good to note the five MPH speed limit. If you don't already have one, you can pick up your watercraft permit from the front desk.
RV campers at Millersylvania State Park have just over eight miles of trails to hike during their stay. These trails aren’t super strenuous, making them the ideal place for a stroll. Walk through the old-growth cedars and soak in the natural scenery. Trails will bring you past the lake, through the woods, and up into the hills.
Birders, make sure to pack the binoculars in your rental RV. Barn swallows, American goldfinches, cedar waxwings, and the brown-headed Cowbird are just a small selection of the birds you might find at Millersylvania State Park.
The Millersylvania State Park RV campground features 120 sites which welcome both tents and RVs. Of those sites, 48 come with water and 30-amp electric hookups. Full hookups aren't available, but RV campers can use the on-site dump station.
A couple of the sites are ADA-accessible. Most motorhome camping sites at Millersylvania State Park can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet long, but a few sites welcome rigs up to 60 feet. If you need a large or accessible site, be sure to call ahead.
Restrooms, showers, and some pull-through sites are available to those camping at Millersylvania State Park. If you plan to tell some stories around a fire, you can purchase firewood from the park store. Wi-Fi isn't available here, and most cell phone networks don't receive coverage, but the natural beauty of the land will have you forgetting all about your phone.
Just a short drive from Millersylvania State Park is the Hands-On Children’s Museum in Olympia. This is a fun and interactive way for kids to learn and exercise their brains in a variety of ways. There are over 150 exhibits that will challenge kids and teach them all about community, how things move, healthy living, and the environment. This activity-based museum is fun for kids as young as toddlers.
If you’re looking for something to do nearby that the whole family can enjoy, Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm in Olympia might just be the perfect option. This family-friendly farm was built in 1956 and has provided the residents of Olympia with apples, pies, doughnuts, cider, and the experiences of a lifetime. The farm hosts special events depending on the season, including an Easter Egg Hunt in the spring and the Applefest festival in the fall. No matter what time of year you’re there, you’ll enjoy your time at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm.
Maybe you're looking for a bit of serenity to cap off your motorhome camping experience in Washington. A few miles south of Olympia, in Thurston County, is the Monarch Sculpture Park. This 80-acre park is a peaceful plot of walkable land speckled with statues and other sculptural works of art. This park is open to the public, and no motorized vehicles are allowed in its borders.
Once your camping trip to Millersylvania State Park is complete, stop by any of the gas stations in the surrounding area to fill your tank and stock up on snacks. I-5 is near enough to the park, and you can take that south towards Oregon or north to Canada.