Things You Need to Know before in the Forests of Olympic National Park
by Arshpreet Multani
March 20, 2019
Have your eyes set on this beautiful national park? This guide will put all your hesitation to a halt. Over 2,800,000 visit this park a year, making it the 7th most visited park in the U.S. Come enjoy all Olympic National Park has to offer, including climbing, hiking, and backpacking trails!
- Olympic National Park is situated in Washington's Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest.
- It is open 24 hours a day, as well as 365 days per year.
- Travelers flock to this beautiful region during the months of June through September, and the busy summer is said to offer a wide array of activities and programs for visitors.
Olympic National Park offers 12 campgrounds that are all on a first come, first served basis, excluding Kalaloch Campground (reservations during peak season). Here are some of the recommended campgrounds!
Deer Park: A unique site, as it's the only car campground in the park. Make your way to this isolated location if you want views of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the beautiful night sky (stars visible when clear!).
Fairholme: Campers claim that this spot fills up quickly, so be sure to arrive early to grab a spot by the popular Lake Crescent.
Heart O’the Hills: A very popular campground for family camping. The site offers summer programs that kids are sure to love. It is also one of the most easily accessible campgrounds (few miles from Port Angeles).
Activities in Olympic
Sol Duc Falls: Various hikes offer a direct route to this scenic waterfall, which can go from 0.8 miles to 5.3 miles roundtrip.
Hurricane Ridge: One of the most beautiful places in this park. Visit during the summer for beautiful views, or during winter to partake in snowshoeing, sledding, skiing, and snowboarding.
Hot Springs: Relax in these warm hot springs after a long hike! Visitors claim the most popular are the Olympic Hot Springs, as well as the Mineral Hot Springs.
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