Colville National Forest Guide

Drive to the far northeastern corner of Washington, and you'll come across the majestic Colville National Forest. This remote landscape doesn't get the attention of the Cascades or the Olympic National Forest, which is good news for adventurers — the small crowds make it easy to take in the wild beauty of the trails, peaks, and lakes. Snack on huckleberries as you hike to a mountain summit, or scan the shoreline for grizzly bears and caribou as you paddle across one of the forest's exceptionally clean lakes. No matter where you go, panoramic mountain views await.

Where to Camp

Camping in Colville National Forest

The Colville National Forest sits near the northern edge of Washington in an area that stays cool for much of the year. Whether you're braving the winter snows or enjoying the summer sunshine, an RV is a fantastic way to camp in the wilderness without sacrificing your favorite comforts and amenities. With RVshare, it's a breeze to rent the perfect RV for your crew — that way, you can go all-in on the adventure. 

RV Rentals Near Colville National Forest

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Colville National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Colville National Forest

The Colville National Forest covers more than 1 million acres; whether you want to relax or get active, there's plenty to do. Challenge yourself on the forest's excellent mountain-bike trails, or break out your road bike for a strenuous ride. Horseback riding is possible in many parts of the park. No matter how you get out into the wilderness, watch for the fantastic animals that live among the trees. Black bear, grizzly bear, moose, caribou, and bighorn sheep are just a few.

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How to get to Colville National Forest

Address: 765 South Main Street, Colville, WA 99114

Fee: Entry fee $0

Serene and beautiful, the Colville National Forest is the perfect place to get off the grid. Whether you're seeking the solitude of hiking and fishing or the community of the many lakeside campgrounds, the forest has activities for the whole family. An RV is a fantastic way to get out in nature while enjoying a warm, cozy bed and the comforts of modern life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Colville National Forest

What type of wildlife lives in Colville National Forest?

Wildlife that lives in Colville National Forest includes grizzly bears, caribou, black bears, moose, and bighorn sheep. There are also many different bird species that live in the forest, along with fish in the streams and lakes.

What is the closest town to Colville National Forest?

Colville is one of the closest towns to Colville National Forest. There are restaurants, hotels, campgrounds, and grocery stores so it's a great spot to stock up while camping.

Is Colville National Forest open all year round?

Yes, Colville National Forest is open year-round. However, some areas of the forest may be closed in winter and some services may not be available because of snow. It is a great winter spot for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter activities. In summer, it's a great place for hiking, biking, paddling, and other outdoor adventures.

Is there a fee to get into Colville National Forest?

No, there is no fee to get into Colville National Forest. There are permits and fees required for certain areas, however. Day-use areas, sno-parks, and other spots may require purchasing a permit or paying a fee to visit for the day.

Does Colville National Forest offer free camping sites?

Yes, Colville National Forest offers free camping sites. Dispersed camping is allowed throughout the forest, and does not cost. There are no amenities like water, restrooms, or trash service, so campers must be self-sufficient. Campers must also pack everything out when they leave and leave no trace.