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Camping in Washington

Thanks to an abundance of trees and greenery, Washington state is fondly known as The Evergreen State. True to its name, camping in Washington state means there are scenic options for your camping adventures at every turn.

It’s no wonder that Washington is one of the most popular camping destinations in the pacific northwest! However, the abundance of Washington state campgrounds means that the options can be a bit overwhelming. When considering choosing a Washington state park, here are some of the questions you might need to ask yourself to narrow it down:

Can you camp anywhere in Washington state?

Dispersed camping is a draw to those who want the truly rugged Washington state parks camping experience. As an added bonus, this is an easy way to take advantage of free camping in Washington state.

Dispersed camping is allowed in certain public lands and some Washington National Forests throughout the state. It’s not allowed in any developed recreation areas, including picnic sites and trailheads.

How many national parks in Washington State?

In addition to numerous state parks, there are three Washington national parks campers can choose from:

  • North Cascades National Park - Spanning more than 500,000 acres, this breathtaking Washington national park is filled with forests, lakes, and its scenic mountain range namesake for campers to explore.
  • Mount Rainier National Park - This is the spot most people think of when imagining camping in Washington state. Campers can take advantage of hiking dozens of scenic trails, multiple campgrounds, and wilderness camping.
  • Olympic National Park - Located on the Olympic Peninsula, this national park has three campsites here that accept reservations. One of those is the popular Kalaloch campground. Additional campsites are available without a reservation.

The Evergreen State also offers dozens of state parks for camping as well as five national forests.

What are some of the best Washington State Parks?

If you are bringing an RV on your Washington state camping trip, you’ll want to ensure the campgrounds are fully equipped for it. Some of the top Washington state parks for RV camping include:

How far in advance can you book Washington State Parks?

Not every state park campground campsite accepts reservations. In addition, each campsite may set its own rules. In general, it’s highly recommended to take advantage of a Washington state parks reservation when you can. The campsites throughout the state are popular and can book months in advance.

Where can you snow camp in Washington?

If you are looking for fewer crowds and more scenic views, try snow camping. You’ll have several options to choose from in the state including both national and state parks.

As the most glaciated point in the continental United States, Mount Rainier is a popular snow camp destination. Additionally, the North Cascade area is nicknamed the “North American Alps”, offering plenty of snow camp experiences.

Bridgeport and Cape Disappointment are two Washington state parks that also offer year-round camping with plenty of opportunities to trek into the snow.

Wherever you go when camping in Washington state, you’ll be sure to enjoy the scenic outdoors in the Evergreen State.

Recent Washington Campground Reviews

Port Townsend, WA

Beach Campground

Jul 20, 2024

"Awesome Views Of Straight and Admiralty Inlet "

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Nice clean new facilities. Biggest issue is very sharp burrs from weed that is in all grassy areas around our spot. Dogs are afraid to walk in grass and our MH is covered in prickly burrs. Ask Ranger and he blamed it on people parking on grass (really? That would mean Peale are parked everywhere.) Seems they could pay one of the state worker to...
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Joehartman27
9 reviews
Spokane Valley, WA

Park Lane Motel & RV Park

Jul 19, 2024

"Park lane Rv"

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Very Friendly And Accommodating. It’s A Little Tight, But full hookups, Fenced All a Round for safety, And Had A Big Dog Park Area. WiFi, Laundry, And Was Very Quiet. We Prefer A Country Setting, But If You Need To Stay In Town-this Would Be A Good Place.

Jul 17, 2024

"Affordable and Convenient"

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Nothing fancy, but worth the $7/night. 30A electric only parking spots on the side. The casino got busy on Friday and Saturday, but wasn’t crowded during the week. Our 43ft 5th wheel fit just fine. No reservations, just walk in to the casino to pay for your spot. They don’t have water on site, so fill up prior to stopping here. Lynden is a cute...
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camper-893422
13 reviews
Jul 17, 2024

"Lots Of Permanent Residents"

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We got a full hookup 30A site for less than $30/night. Our 43ft 5th wheel got in and out, and the host was very friendly. Pros: good price for the full hookups. Close to North Cascades National park. Great jogging/ biking trail across the street. Close to good food and a gas station. Cons: pretty tight turn in, but do able. The permanent...
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camper-893422
13 reviews
Hoodsport, WA

Dow Creek RV Resort

Jul 17, 2024

"Okay Campground, Nice area"

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Pros: Pretty area, close to Lake Cushman. Nearby espresso stand, dog park and groceries in town. Can do a day trip to Olympic National Park or enjoy the National Forest hiking trails. Cons: expensive for what you get. No dump station, despite signage and description. No internet connection via Starlink or tmobile (for those who work remote)....
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camper-893422
13 reviews