Olympic National Park

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The Olympic National Park in Washington has been inspiring awe in visitors since the 1880s. Home to spectacular mountains, a rugged coastline, and beautiful temperate rainforests, the Olympic Peninsula is a unique place to visit. First designated as a national reserve in 1909 by President Teddy Roosevelt, it wasn’t until 1937 that the park became an official national park by President Franklin Roosevelt. In 1981, the park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well.

Every year, approximately three million visitors visit the 922,000-acre national park. As one of the most diverse national parks in the country, the Olympic National Park is home to 60 miles of coastline along the Olympic Peninsula, glaciated mountains, and temperate rainforests. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

The park is open year-round, but for the best weather, you’ll want to come during the summer. With large cities like Seattle and Tacoma nearby, there is always something to do and see. The park is home to over 650 archeological sites dating back over 12,000 years and thousands of miles of hiking and nature trails.

The park has a regular schedule of events with most occurring during the warmer summer months. For a full schedule, visit the Calendar of Events. There is a variety of activities that will keep you busy from sunrise to sunset that includes hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, and more. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a mountain goat or bear. No matter where you go in the park, you’ll be greeted by incredible scenery, so don’t forget your camera!

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  • Spring 24-49 F
  • Summer 37-62 F
  • Fall 40-56 F
  • Winter 24-35 F
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Park Info
  • Olympic National Park Private Vehicles: $30
  • Olympic National Park Motorcycles: $25
  • Olympic National Park Bicycle or On Foot: $10
Olympic National Park Hiking Trails

Olympic National Park Hiking Trails

Olympic National Park is home to world-class hiking. Whether you like snow-capped mountains, beaches or fields of wildflowers, Olympic National Park is home to a variety of hiking trails ranging in length and difficulty.

Olympic National Park Trails

Things to do Outside Olympic National Park

Things to do Outside Olympic National Park




RV Resorts & Campsites in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is home to 14 public campgrounds and two nearby campgrounds. Most campgrounds can fit RVs up to 21 feet long that are open year-long so you have great options depending on your interests in the park.

RV Resorts & Campsites in Olympic National Park

Campgrounds Near Olympic National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near Olympic National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near Olympic National Park

An unglamorous but necessary aspect of RVing? Dump stations. Knowing where the best dump stations are near you will allow for more ease and less stress in your travels. Dump stations are an easy and convenient way to clear waste from your RV. Use our guides to find dump stations on your route, so you can get back to the good stuff – exploring, relaxing, and making memories on the road.

Dumpstations Near Olympic National Park

How to get to Olympic National Park

How to get to Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park can be accessed many of ways. The park can be accessed by plane, ferry, car, and RV. You can fly into Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle or even Victoria International Airport in Victoria, British Columbia. You can rent cars at both airports.

You can take the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles. From Sea-Tac, you can State Route 16 to Bremerton. Once on the Olympic Peninsula, you can take Highway 101 to reach almost every destination in the national park. Alternatively, you can take the Washington State Ferry from multiple locations to several port destinations, which can be accessed by Highway 101.

Another wonderful way to visit Olympic National Park is with an RV. Renting an RV will not only serve as your home for the next week, but a great way to get around the park at your own pace. If you don’t have your own RV, you can rent one in Washington. While most campgrounds in the national park allow RVs, it’s important to review the size limitations and restrictions.   

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Frequently Asked Questions
    Is Olympic National Park accessible for disabled visitors?

    Yes, Olympic National Park is accessible for disabled visitors. The park has wheelchair-accessible campgrounds, visitor centers, picnic areas, and a few trails.

    Are pets allowed at Olympic National Park?

    Yes, pets are allowed at Olympic National Park. Pets can go on certain designated trails, in drive-in campgrounds and picnic areas, and on dirt or paved roads. Pets are not allowed in public buildings, on trails that aren't designated for dogs, on interpretive walks, or in the wilderness.

    Take care of your pet by not allowing them on tidal rocks, where they can cut their paws, and by bringing plenty of water.

    What are the top things to do in Olympic National Park?

    Top things to do at Olympic National Park include visiting the Hoh Rainforest, exploring Hurricane Ridge, kayaking Lake Crescent, and beachcombing along the shore. The park has lots of hiking, biking, and water activities.

    Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Olympic National Park?

    While it is not required that you reserve a camping spot at Olympic National Park, it is a good idea during the popular months. Fairholme, Kalaloch, Mora, and the Hoh Rain Forest accept reservations in summer. Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort RV Park & Campground and Log Cabin Resort RV & Campground also offer reservations for the summer.

    All other park campgrounds are first-come, first-served.

    How large is Olympic National Park?

    Olympic National Park is 1,442 square miles, or 922,650 acres large. It covers several ecosystems, from the Olympic Mountains to rainforests to beaches.