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Old 09-15-2017, 02:34 PM   #1
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Where to camp in Olympic National Park

We are planning a trip to Olympic National Park with our 32ft long trailer. We are overwhelmed with the choices of where to camp and not sure where we can fit. We would prefer more of a "National Park" campground rather than an RV Park, but would like at least one full hook up park to stop at before going home. Willing to boondock. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-15-2017, 05:42 PM   #2
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My suggestion might be a compromise. Salt Creek County Park is located on the Straight of Juan de Fuca, a few miles west of Port Angeles. It's a nice park with some pull through spots that can handle larger rigs. It has a beautiful view of the Straight looking across to Victoria with terraced rows so almost everyone gets a good view.

It is handy to the northern part of the park like Hurricane Ridge. It's also easy to access Neah Bay, the Northwestern most point in the continental US.

The last time we were there, which has been a while, they did not have online reservations. You had to send in a form with a check a couple of weeks in advance to secure a spot or take a chance on an opening. We went in August with no reservations and got a nice pull through for a couple of nights.

There is a NP campground on the way to Hurricane Ridge but, as I recall, neither the road or the campsites were suitable for larger rigs.

There may be something at Sol Due Hot Springs but we have not been up there. Maybe someone else can comment on that area.
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We stayed at Elwah Dam RV Park and Forks RV Park in the summer of 16. Worked for us.
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:51 AM   #4
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We stayed at Elwah Dam RV Park and Forks RV Park in the summer of 16. Worked for us.


We have decided to stay at Elwah Dam RV park but we noticed there are "new" rv sites and "old" ones. Any recommendations?
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:20 AM   #5
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Can't help with your question.
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Elwah Dam RV Park was our first ever glamping trip and we judge every place by that, it was in August and pretty crowded. They apologized for putting us in overflow but the slide was right next to the woods, and we had a beautiful view and a great stay. The BR were clean and the owners were extremely nice. I would try to avoid the office area, itís just busy.

This summer we stayed in Cape Resort in Neah Bay. Umm not good, not bad. Great area of course. In Hoodsport we stayed at Glen Ayers twice, once in a cabin. Itís not a pretty campground, but the people were super nice both times. So far, we focus on kayaking and bike riding and try not to get hung up on the gravel or whatever.
I camped years ago in Hobuck RV ďResortĒ it has 10 hookups and is a fabulous area, mostly for tent camping. You have to go to Forks and Cape flattery.

This might be too late for your trip but I hope itís just wonderful.
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Old 10-09-2017, 12:12 PM   #7
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Great info - Thank you. We are still in the planning phase. We also think the Elwah Dam RV Park might be the ticket for us. Thanks for confirming!
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Elwha Dam RV

We have stayed there twice, once about 3 years ago with a 37 ft, 4 slide fifth wheel and for a week this summer with our 24ft TT. Both times have been great and the owners are very helpful. They tend to put the bigger rigs on the north end of the park and smaller ones in the middle. We have had pull throughs both times. The owners were new 3 years ago on our first stay and have made improvements since. Can't go wrong staying there.

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My suggestion might be a compromise. Salt Creek County Park is located on the Straight of Juan de Fuca, a few miles west of Port Angeles. It's a nice park with some pull through spots that can handle larger rigs. It has a beautiful view of the Straight looking across to Victoria with terraced rows so almost everyone gets a good view.

It is handy to the northern part of the park like Hurricane Ridge. It's also easy to access Neah Bay, the Northwestern most point in the continental US.

The last time we were there, which has been a while, they did not have online reservations. You had to send in a form with a check a couple of weeks in advance to secure a spot or take a chance on an opening. We went in August with no reservations and got a nice pull through for a couple of nights.

There is a NP campground on the way to Hurricane Ridge but, as I recall, neither the road or the campsites were suitable for larger rigs.

There may be something at Sol Due Hot Springs but we have not been up there. Maybe someone else can comment on that area.


Sol duc hot springs is a parking lot for utilities camping. . However, the woods campsites are very nice, but no hook ups in there. Plenty of big sites in that area. The springs are an experience.
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I can't speak to Olympic National Forest area but since you are up in the Northwest I might suggest to also look at Mountain Rainier National Park.
One of our all time favorite campgrounds is of HWY 123 out of Packwood, WA. Campground is called Ohanapacosh. It is a NP campground on the Ohanapacosh river in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Lots of hiking in the area also nice base for checking out Mountain Rainier. There is a nice 2/3 day hike from the campground to the "Grove of the patriarchs". Here you will walk on an island that has 2000+ year old trees. believe me, the trunks are just HUGE!
Note for this park: there are no hookups. There is water available and a dump site. Size restrictions are 32ft trailer or motorhome. (Some of the turns are quite sharp. Best campsite is C1 or C3 imho..

Enjoy your visit to the Northwest!
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