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Olympic National Forest

The Olympic National Forest is located on the Olympic Peninsula in the northwest corner of Washington State and includes five major landscape settings, including temperate rain forest, rugged mountains, lowland lakes, rivers, and coastal beaches.

The Olympic National Forest is part of an emerald paradise on the Olympic Peninsula. The Peninsula features more than 2 million acres of public federal lands. Of this area, Olympic National Forest consists of more than 633,600 acres. The National Forest blankets the foothills of the Olympic Mountains and surrounds much of Olympic National Park.

Here the flora and fauna provide interest beyond the imagination. Recreational opportunities seem unlimited. The forest includes an extensive network of 270 miles of trails, 87 of which are in the forest's five Wilderness Areas.

There are also 20 campgrounds, and three cabins you can rent for the night. For a list of interesting places to visit while you're here, visit this page.

Because the peninsula also includes Olympic National Park and other state lands, it is important for visitors to know which agency manages the site or lands they plan to visit as opportunities and regulations differ from one agency to another. To get more information, you may wish to contact any of the Olympic National Forest offices or order an Olympic Peninsula Recreation Map.

Featured Partner

Stay at this historic Lake Quinault Lodge on the Olympic National Forest. We're excited to partner with them as part of our Forest Stewardship Fund Program. Click here to learn more and make a reservation today.


Accept the Challenge! Help the Forest Service maintain this beautiful and natural environment by following some of these simple guidelines.

First-timer’s Adventure

Take a hike!

The Olympic National Forest has an impressive number of marked nature trails and easy day hikes that offer short and informative hikes through the region's incredible ecosystem.

The Pioneer's Path Nature Trail, for example, makes a .6-mile loop through the lush forest in the Klahowya Campground. The campground is located 9 miles west of Lake Crescent on Highway 101. Interpretive signs explain how the pioneers carved out an existance along the Sol Duc River.

Statistics

State(s):

Washington

Nearest Large Urban Area:

Seattle

Notes & Conditions:

Research campground locations and amenities at the U.S. National Forest Campground Directory. The Web site is full of pictures and detailed descriptions to help you plan your next trip.

If you want to experience a guided recreation trip in a National Forest, visit Adventure Vacation to learn about whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, camping, hiking and fishing trips.

Permits, Passes and Fees:

Many activities in Washington and Oregon require a Northwest Forest Pass. Don't forget to check here to find out if you'll need one for your next adventure.

Maps:

Visit the National Forest Store to see what maps are available for this Forest and others you may want to visit.