Margaret McKenny Campground

Capitol State Forest

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Waddell Creek Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512
360-825-1631
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GPS: 46.9265, -123.0628

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: gravel
Open Seasonally: May-Nov.
Elevation: 284 ft
Max Stay: 10
Tent Camping: Yes

Washington State Discover Pass required passes available online

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

9 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
2bars
Verizon 3G
3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
1bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE
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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7

BigVanandaTinCan would stay here again

“Easy access, forest camping for free!”

Reviewed Oct 08, 2018

Overall Rating

We have a 32’ travel trailer that sits lower to the ground than we’d like, so finding free boondocking with easy access is a big deal. This campground worked well for us. Well maintained dirt roads, with a few very minor pot holes led to a number of of back in sites nestled in the trees. It took a bit of maneuvering to get into our... more

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: a1
“excellent! Well cared for Campground.”

Reviewed Aug 28, 2018

Overall Rating

The caretakers, Steve and Ginny, are great folks. They cared for the campground well and I always felt safe and at home. Thanks so much for a great stay. I'll be back! Now for the logistics. Verizon cell service is virtually nonexistent for data, but I always had the ability to do emails and texts.. But, I found if I placed my cell ... more

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1bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: c2

imagebyvic would stay here again

“Pretty good for Free”

Reviewed Aug 10, 2018

Overall Rating

I thought this was a pretty good campground for free. I liked how it is close to the town of Tumwater, so easy to get supplies, drinking water, throw trash out and grocery shop. Drive out there is paved, pleasant, tree lined and pretty. It was not the most quiet campground as there were orv, gun shots from the target range close by an... more

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1bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: A-6

Anne K would stay here again

“Nice free family campground ”

Reviewed Jun 10, 2018

Overall Rating

The Park hosts are super friendly, helpful and live on site. Good for families and great for equestrians. Plenty of space between sites. Beautiful sites that accommodate horses and a parking lot for trailers that won’t fit. Sites have a fire pit, a picnic table and lots of space. We carried our own drinking water and there is s creek... more

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1bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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StoryChasing.com

25 Winnebago Spirit
7 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

StoryChasing.com would stay here again

“Nice forested area and free with discover pass”

Reviewed Nov 09, 2017

Overall Rating

This was my first spot I boondocked at when starting the RV life back in May 2017. Area was clean and all you need is a WA State Discover Pass to stay here for free. Just register your spot and vehicle on arrival. I have a 25 foot Class C so was a bit tricky in some areas (the first loop) to back into, but it worked. If you keep fol... more

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2bars
Verizon 3G

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Margot Bai
Toronto, ON, Canada
17 Taylor Coach Nik Nat
2017 Toyota Tacoma
118 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Margot Bai would stay here again

“Easily accessible campground just inside the perimeter of Capitol State Forest”

Reviewed Nov 08, 2017

Overall Rating

About a 25 minute drive from hwy 101 on paved roads, this campground has 3 loops with approximately 8 sites per loop. Loop A is the first and closest loop to the entrance and was the only one open when we arrived in early November 2017. Loop B is the prettiest, with more spacious sites. Sites in loop C are clustered around a fenced ... more

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3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

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glasgows_onthego

28 Ford Four Winds Five Thousand
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
103 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: C7

glasgows_onthego would stay here again

“Nice camp, tight spots for bigger rigs”

Reviewed Sep 12, 2017

Overall Rating

This was a nice spot to camp for a couple days heading up to Olympic National Forest. You are suppose to get a Discover Pass to camp here which cost $35 for the year. The camp hosts never did ask about it. The campsites are a bit tight to fit our rig into. The big spots were all ready taken. We did find a nice tight spot in the C l... more

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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Road it up

35 Bluebird Wanderlodge 1984
1987 Volkswagon Vanagon Syncro Wesfalia
89 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: 0

Road it up would stay here again

“NOT FREE, you need a Discovery Pass, LOTS of horses”

Reviewed Sep 09, 2017

Overall Rating

We came there on a Friday around dinner and all the sites were full already. It is a pretty popular place with locals. There were lots of horses, which is not so great if you have a dog that is not used to them. You need to purchase a Discovery Pass ($30/year) to camp here. Not worth it if you are spending only a night, but well worth ... more

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: C9
“Pleasant stay, right in the middle of my price range”

Reviewed Sep 06, 2017

Overall Rating

Located very few miles west of I5, just south of Tumwater, WA. Clean, quiet boondocking. Nearby timber harvests leave plenty of firewood within walking distance. Camping with a 38' MH, easy access to most sites. Picnic tables & firepits. Camped in Augst/Sept so sites very dusty. Nearby hiking trails. Some sites reserved for campers wi... more

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Location
Cleanliness
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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Sold House, Full Time RV Living, Capitol State Park in WA

What a whirlwind this process has been to sell the house, buy an RV, sell everything in the house, and move into the RV for full time RV living. I’m not gonna lie – it was STRESSFUL! My anxiety w...

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sputnik goes: to Capitol State Forest

Sunday morning we leave Cabela's and attend a church in Olympia, Airstream in tow.  The dogs catch up on their daily twenty hours of beauty sleep while we go to church.  Some nice folks ask where we...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • recreation trail
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
Pets:
  • pets

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