Ready to take your home away from home into the park? Olympic National Park is an excellent place for RV camping, with options ranging from oceanfront perches to deep rainforest refuges. Here’s what you need to know before you hit the road.
RV campsites run by the national park are fairly rustic, with fire pits and picnic tables but without water or electrical hookups or showers. (For sites with hookups, head to the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort or Log Cabin Resort, both run by a park concessionaire.) You’ll have the easiest time finding sites for RVs that are 21 feet long or smaller, though there are options for rigs up to 35 feet long. All sites are first-come, first-served (except Kalaloch and Sol Duc campgrounds, the only ones to take reservations), so arrive early, especially in summer.
10 Park Campgrounds Accommodate RVs
Heart O’ the Hills Campground
This 105-site campground near the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles is open year-round. Sites are in an evergreen forest. Flush toilets and potable water are available. Most sites are for 21 feet, with a few large enough for 35-foot RVs.
This larger (88 sites) campground sits on the western bank of Lake Crescent and is adjacent to the Fairholme General Store and a boat launch. Flush toilets and potable water available; dump station $10/use. Sites up to 21 feet. Open late April to early September.
Sol Duc Campground
This 82-site campground, open year-round, is in a riverside old-growth forest and next to Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. Trails to Sol Duc Falls and Seven Lakes Basin leave from the campground. Flush toilets and running water available summer only; dump station $10/use. Most sites are for 21 feet, with a few large enough for 35-foot RVs.
Reservations are available online at recreation.gov for $24/night, or walk-ups are $21/night
Located on Ozette Lake, this 15-site, primitive campground is convenient to the Cape Alava and Sand Point Trails. Pit toilets and potable water avaliable. Sites up to 21 feet. Open year-round.
$20/night, first-come, first-served
Large, 94-site campground sited two miles from Rialto Beach and the Pacific Ocean, along the Quillayute River. Flush toilets and potable water available; dump station $10/use. Open year-round; some sites fit 35-foot RVs.
Features 88 sites located in the Hoh Rainforest. Flush toilets and potable water available; dump station $10/use. Open year-round, with campfire programs in summer. Most sites up to 21 feet, with a few sites up to 35 feet.
The park’s largest campground with 170 sites, Kalaloch is also the only one that accepts reservations in summer (recreation.gov). Sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, near Kalaloch Lodge. Flush toilets and potable water available; dump station $10/use. Open year-round; some sites fit 35-foot RVs.
Reservations are available online at recreation.gov for $22/night
South Beach Campground
This 55-site campground is in an open field a short walk from the Pacific. Flush toilets but no potable water. Most sites fit 21 feet, with a few fitting 35-foot RVs. Open May-September.
49 sites in the old-growth forest along the Skokomish River. Open year-round, with flush toilets and water in summer only. Near Lake Cushman and trails to Flapjack Lakes and First Divide. Most sites fit 21 feet, with a few fitting 35-foot RVs.
Other Nearby Campgrounds In and Near Olympic National Park
Park full? Steer toward these convenient options in the area.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
17 RV sites run by a park concessionaire and located in the Sol Duc Valley, near natural hot spring pools. All sites have fire pits, picnic tables, and water and electrical hookups, but no public restrooms or showers. Open late March to early October.
Log Cabin Resort
This campground on the shores of Lake Crescent and run by a concessionaire features fire rings, picnic tables, public restrooms, showers, and full hookups. Open late May to late September; accepts reservations.
Near Lake Quinault
Choose from two RV campgrounds on the shores of Lake Quinault, run by a concessionaire. Both Willaby Creek and Falls Creek Campgrounds accept reservations at www.recreation.gov. Most of the sites are over 30 years old and are not originally built for RVs. At most, the sharp turns in the campground can possible accommodate an 18-foot RV if the driver is knowledgeable, but anything larger can pose a risk to the structures and the beautiful 400-plus year-old trees in the sites.
Sequim/Port Angeles Area
Public campgrounds include Sequim Bay State Park, Salt Creek Recreation Area, and Dungeness Recreation Area. Private options include John Wayne’s Waterfront Resort, Gilgal Oasis RV Park, Rainbow’s End RV Park, Elwha Dam RV Park, Shadow Mountain Campground, and Salt Creek RV Park.
Northwest Olympic Peninsula/Forks Area
Head to Harrison Beach Campground, Sam’s RV Park, The Hungry Bear, and Forks 101 RV Club.
Road Access Notes for RVs
Though most of the roads in and around Olympic stick to lower-elevation valleys, not mountain passes, there are a few areas you’ll want to skip with an RV. They include:
- Deer Park Road
- Upper Queets River Road
- Hurricane Ridge Road
- North Shore Road on Lake Quinault
Always check road conditions with rangers; floods and washouts sometimes restrict access.