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Best Campgrounds in Olympic

Note that only a few places take reservations; if you can't book in advance, you'll have to arrive early to get a place. Each site usually has a picnic table and grill or fire pit, and most campgrounds have water, toilets, and garbage containers; for hookups, showers, and laundry facilities, you'll have to head into the towns. Firewood is available from camp concessions, but if there's no store you can collect dead wood within 1 mile of your campsite. Dogs are allowed in campgrounds, but not on most trails or in the backcountry. Trailers should be 21 feet long or less (15 feet or less at Queets Campground) though a few campgrounds can accommodate up to 35 feet. There's a camping limit of two weeks. Nightly rates run $12–$18 per site.

If you have a backcountry pass, you can camp virtually anywhere throughout the park's forests and shores. Overnight wilderness permits are $5—plus $2 per person per night—and are available at visitor centers and ranger stations. Note that when you camp in the backcountry, you must choose a site at least ½ mile inside the park boundary.

Elwha Campground. The larger of the Elwha Valley's two campgrounds, this is one of Olympic's year-round facilities. Elwha River Rd., 7 miles south of U.S. 101 No phone.

Fairholme Campground. One of just three lakeside campgrounds in the park, Fairholme is near the Lake Crescent Resort. U.S. 101, 28 miles west of Port Angeles, on west end of Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park No phone.

Kalaloch Campground. Kalaloch is the biggest and most popular Olympic campground, and it's open all year. Its vantage of the Pacific is unmatched on the park's coastal stretch. U.S. 101, ½ mile north of Kalaloch Information Station, Olympic National Park 360/962–2271 for group bookings.

Lake Quinault Rain Forest Resort Village Campground. Stretching along the south shore of Lake Quinault, this RV campground has many recreation facilities, including beaches, canoes, ball fields, and horseshoe pits. The 31 RV sites, which rent for $30 per night, are open year-round but bathrooms are closed in winter. 3½ miles east of U.S. 101, South Shore Rd., Lake Quinault 360/288–2535, 800/255–6936 www.rainforestresort.com.

Mora Campground. Along the Quillayute estuary, this campground doubles as a popular staging point for hikes northward along the coast's wilderness stretch. Rte. 110, 13 miles west of Forks No phone.

Ozette Campground. Hikers heading to Cape Alava, a scenic promontory that is the westernmost point in the lower 48 states, use this lakeshore campground as a jumping-off point. Hoko-Ozette Rd., 26 miles south of Hwy. 112 No phone.

Sol Duc Campground. Sol Duc resembles virtually all Olympic campgrounds save one distinguishing feature—the famed hot springs are a short walk away. Sol Duc Rd., 11 miles south of U.S. 101 360/327–3534.

Staircase Campground. In deep woods away from the river, this campground is a popular jumping-off point for hikes into the Skokomish River Valley and the Olympic high country. Rte. 119, 16 miles northwest of U.S. 101 No phone.

Updated: 2014-03-12

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