Where is Olympic National Park?

This park is in the northwest corner of the United States in Washington state on the Olympic Peninsula. It contains Pacific Ocean beaches and mountains.
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Location Map of Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is in the Northwest Corner of the United States in Washington State

It encompasses most of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula, a 922,651-acre parcel of Pacific coastline, towering rainforests, and jagged mountain peaks. Elevations range from sea level to 7,983 feet at Mt. Olympus.

Olympic National Park Road Access

The park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, though some roads within the park close seasonally due to weather.

Olympic is a huge park and has many access points, all reachable via US 101, which circles the peninsula.

Olympic National Park Region Map

The most popular entrances are the Hurricane Ridge Entrance outside of Port Angeles, the Elwha and Sol Duc Entrances on the northern side of the peninsula, the Hoh Rain Forest Entrance on the west side, and the Mora Entrance on the coast. Other entry points include the Deer Park Entrance in the park’s northeast, the Ozette Entrance in the northwest, the Queets Entrance in the southwest, the Quinault Entrance on the south side, and the Staircase Entrance in the southeast.

The park headquarters in Port Angeles are 82 miles from Seattle and 230 miles from Portland, Oregon. Olympic is also about 120 miles from Mt. Rainier National Park and 145 miles from North Cascades National Park.

The quickest way to Port Angeles from Canada is by taking the ferry from Victoria, BC, only 25 miles across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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Park visitors get advice, permits, bear cans and maps from rangers at the Port Angeles Visitor Center near the Hurricane Ridge Entrance Station

Olympic National Park Entrances

Accessed via US 101, which circles the peninsula, Olympic National Park has many entry points. Here are the six most popular.

Sea stacks on Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park

Pacific Coast in Olympic National Park

The park’s wild coastline features both easy-access beaches and remote wilderness. Camp on the beaches year-round.

Hiking to Sunrise Point on the High Ridge Trail at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Located at 5,242 feet in the park’s northeast corner, Hurricane Ridge is accessible by car and the quickest way to reach Olympic’s alpine zone.

The interior of the remodeled Hoh Visitor Center. Photo by NPS

Entrance Fees and Where to Get Your Park Pass for Olympic National Park

Hoping to take a hike along Hurricane Ridge? Don’t forget the entrance fee to Olympic National Park..

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park

Visitor Centers in Olympic National Park

There are three visitor centers and multiple ranger stations in Olympic National Park. See exhibits and learn about the park.

Shi Shi Beach in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park Ecosystem Zones

Olympic National Park contains four distinct and remarkable ecosystems—and even better, it’s possible to see all four in one day.

Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

This strikingly blue, deep (624 feet) lake sits in the forest 18 miles west of Port Angeles.

Bridge over Sol Duc Waterfall on Olympic National Park. Photo by Justin Bailie

Sol Duc Valley in Olympic National Park

Beyond the beauty of the Sol Duc River running through old-growth forest, there's a hot springs resort, a three-legged waterfall, and a salmon cascade.

A man sitting with his dog on the beach

Can I Bring My Pet to Olympic National Park?

To protect the wildlife and flora, pets are prohibited in most areas in the park. Here we list a few places you CAN take your dog plus pet-friendly lodging.