Olympic Peninsula Forests
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Color photo of South Fork of Hoh River on Olympic Peninsula

 
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages various forestlands throughout the Olympic Peninsula as working forests. These lands provide sustainable revenue in support of public services.
 
The forests of the penninsula support timber production, biomass byproduct sales, communication tower leases, and other activities help to fund local services, prisons, universities, and construction of public K-12 grade schools throughout Washington. In addition to earning income, these activities contribute to the local economies of many area communities, as well as the entire state. A notible landscape on the peninsula is the Olympic Experimental State Forest, which is unique among forest trust lands for its role as a place where research is done to inform DNR's statewide efforts to integrate revenue production and ecosystem values.
 
The Olympic Peninsula’s undeveloped working lands provide habitat for native plants and animals, water retention and quality benefits, and many scenic tourism and recreation opportunities.
 
When working in or visiting Olympic Peninsula forestlands, always remember to:
Those interested in learning about planned forest activities on the Olympic Peninsula may use our Habitat Conservation Planrecreation planning, Forest Practices Application Review System (FPARS), and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) web pages to find out about proposed and authorized timber harvests, thinning projects, road projects, planning efforts, and other activities.
 

Recreation

DNR recreation opportunities on the Olympic Peninsula include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, motorcycling, and off-road-vehicle riding. The majority of the campgrounds have river or lake access for boating, fishing, and other water activities. The region is located near the Olympic National Park, Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Forest, Olympic Experimental State Forest, as well as the many coastal beaches in the region.
  • To access recreation sites on DNR-managed land with your vehicle, you'll need a Discover Pass, your ticket to Washington's great outdoors.
  • Olympic Peninsula campgrounds are open year-round.
  • Campgrounds are first come, first served.
  • Garbage service is not provided. Pack out what you pack in.
  • Maximum stay length is seven days within a 30-day period.
  • Practice quiet hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • DNR currently has a statewide burn ban through September 30, 2015. This burn ban prohibits campfires in state forests, state parks and anywhere else on the 13 million acres of Washington forestlands DNR protects from wildfire. Learn more about outdoor burning and burn bans.
  • Dispersed camping, or camping outside of designated camgrounds, is not allowed.
  • Dogs allowed on leash. Horseback riders may bring unleashed dogs controlled by voice command.
The nearby Shipwreck Point Natural Resources Conservation Area also offers low-impact recreation opportunities. Or, visit the Clearwater Corridor Natural Resources Conservation Area to camp at the Upper Clearwater Campground. Use our statewide interactive recreation map to find recreation opportunities near you.

Recreation sites

Northern Olympic Peninsula
This 16-campsite campground is located along the Sol Duc River. Visitors to the campground can take a hiking trail to the river and fish along its banks. Amenities include a scenic overlook, two toilets.
 
Directions: Located on south side US Highway 101 at milepost 206. Get directions.
 
Just below Hurricane Ridge and 5 miles south of Port Angeles, the 6.5-mile Foothills Trail is open to hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and motorcycles. Visit our trail map for more information.
 
Directions: Start in Port Angeles at 8th and Pine. Go south on Pine (Old Black Diamond Road) for 4.8 miles. Turn left on Little River Road (gravel, one lane). Go 1.1 miles. Turn left. Go .2 miles on Foothills Trailhead Road. Trailhead on right.
 
The Little River Trail begins just a few miles west of Port Angeles and provides access to Hurricane Ridge and the northern end of Olympic National Park. It winds through mature hemlock trees and alpine meadows. View our trail map for more information.
 
Directions: Start in Port Angeles at 8th and Pine. Go south on Pine 4.8 miles. Turn left on Little River Road. Go .1 miles. Trailhead, parking on left. Trail access to Hurricane Ridge (mountain bike access to Olympic National Park boundary only).
 
This campground is located near Lyre River in a mature riparian forest, about a half mile upstream from where the river empties into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A popular camp for anglers, Lyre offers good salmon fishing during fish migrations. Site has 11 campsites, shelter, two toilets, potable water, and shelter. View our map for more information.
 
Directions: Start on SR-112 between mileposts 46-47. Go north on paved road .4 mi. Turn left to site. Get directions.
 
Murdock Beach, located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, gives visitors a view of Vancouver Island. This is the only public beach access for 12 miles between Camp Hayden and the East Twin River. Toilet located at parking lot. View a trial map of Murdock Beach.
 
Recreation alert: Bridge construction on PA-S-2500 Road will close Murdock Beach starting Monday, July 13, 2015.
 
Directions: Start at milepost 44.6 on SR-112. Turn north on PA-S-2500. Go .3 miles. Turn right on PA-S-2510. Follow to beach.
 
Sadie Creek Trailhead, a 30-mile trail and road system on the Olympic Peninsula. The trail climbs to about 2,500 feet, giving visitors views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver and the San Juan Islands. View a trail map of Sadie Creek.
 
Recreation alert: Logging traffic will be on the PA-S-1100 west along the BPA power lines.
 
Directions: Start on SR-112 between mileposts 42-43. Turn south on East Twin River Road (Forest Service Road 3040). Go .1 miles. Turn right to trailhead.
 
Striped Peak Vista and Trailhead offers a spectacular view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island. The trail takes hikers through old growth Douglas-fir trees, alongside a waterfall, and to a rocky cove on the Strait. View a trail map of the Striped Peak Vista and Trailhead.
 
Directions: Start from SR-112 between mileposts 56-57. Go north on Freshwater Bay Road for 1.6 miles. Turn left on a one-lane gravel road, go 2.8 miles.
Western Olympic Peninsula
Along the Clearwater River, Coppermine Bottom Campground offers a secluded and primitive campground to enjoy the Olympic Peninsula.
 
Directions: Start on US Highway 101 at milepost 147. Go north on Hoh-Clearwater Mainline (paved) for 12.6 miles. Turn right on C-1010 Road (gravel, one lane) and go 1.5 miles. Site is on left.
 
Cottonwood Campground
Cottonwood Campground is a primitive campground near the Hoh River located close to the Olympic Experimental State Forest.
 
Directions: Start on US Highway 101 between mileposts 177-178. Go west on Oil City Road (paved) for 2.3 miles. Turn left on H-4060 (gravel). Go .9 miles to site. Get directions.
 
Located near the Hoh River near the edge of the Olympic National Park, Hoh Oxbow Campgroundoffers pristine camping among a dense, mossy forest of hemlock and fir. Facilities include eight campsites, toilet.
 
Directions: Start on US Highway 101 between mileposts 176 and 177. Site is east of highway. Get directions.
 
This nine-campsite campground is on the edge of the Hoh Rain Forest in the Olympic Experimental State Forest and provides visitors a peaceful setting along a creek.
 
Directions: From Willoughby Creek continue on Hoh Rain Forest Road for 1 mile. Site is on left. Get directions.
 
On the Hoh River at the edge of Olympic National Park, South Fork Hoh campround offers a primitive camping experience in the Olympic Peninsula.
 
Recreation alert: The South Fork Hoh Campground will be closed from August 10 to September 25 due to road construction on the H-1000 Road. View our closure map for more information.
 
Directions: Start on US Highway 101 at milepost 176. Go east on Hoh Mainline (paved) for 6.6 miles, then left on H-1000 Road (paved one lane, then gravel one lane) for 7.4 miles. Site is on right. Get directions.
 
This three-campsite campground is near Willoughby Creek, the Hoh River, and the Hoh Rain Forest National Park.
 
Directions: Start on US Highway 101 between milepost 178-179. Go east on Hoh Rain Forest Road, 3.5 miles. Site is on right.
 
At 2,400 feet, Yahoo Lake campground is a remote campground on the Olympic Peninsula. It offers lovely views of Yahoo Lake.
 
Recreation alert: Expect the Hoh Clearwater Mainline to be closed to through traffic between mileposts 13.2 and 16.1 from July 20 to September 18. Access to the Yahoo Lake Campground will be available from the C-3000 (at Mainline mile 16.1). View our closure map for more information.
 
Directions: From Upper Clearwater camp entrance continue on C-3000 Road for .8 miles. Turn right on C-3100 Road (paved one lane, then gravel one lane). Continue 6.1 miles to trailhead.