This campground is a very nice one to check out when adventuring in the lower portion of Washington. Much like its single site counterpart the options offered at this campsite are well thought and well placed. I noticed that the campground itself was very well maintained and offered many features including water spigots in common areas, clear walking paths to facilities and ample parking for the campers.
Each site was equipped with standard features including fire rings and picnic tables. But the real advantage to this location in particular is its proximity to some of the more lengthy trails in the park.
Initially I was a bit confused as to where the camp was, my cell signal was weak and I could not seem to find the campground until I finally gave up and just decided to go on a hike first. In doing so I was able to navigate to higher ground closer to the Beacon Rock and from there I pulled up a map to locate. My suggestion is with AT&T to have an offline map loaded when traveling to this area. While some areas do feature great signal others are more spotty like this one.
The campground was filled with campers and I spoke to a ranger when visiting who mentioned that group sites typically book in advance on weekends but can be more easily picked up on the fly during weekdays from Monday to Thursday with Tuesdays and Wednesdays being the optimum day for last minute travelers to the area.
Sites here can be a bit costly depending on the group size, but the additional offering the camp provides is the ability to rent all sites for those needing a large group. This must be done well in advance but can offer many benefits for larger groups. Much like other state facilities in Washington you will need to display your Discover Pass on each vehicle parked on property. One pass does not cover multiple cars upon a single use.
A big huge grass field designed for large group camping. There is a large covered pavilion for meals, pit toilets nearby, though you aren’t far from the showers and regular bathrooms of the rest of the state park. There are also a handful of small wooden bivouac-like covered shelters that are available for sleeping.
While there are several camp and RV sites in Beacon Rock State Park, this is the only group site that I know of and it fits up to 200 people at around $4-$5 per person (the website says rates vary by person, but this is the rough price I've heard) with a minimum of 30 people to reserve the site. There's no showers on-site, you can head to the main campground across the road if needed.
Features include two super-cool open fronted cabins (called adirondack shelters), a covered picnic area made from huge timbers, one kitchen shelter with limited power, and scattered picnic tables. There's an enormous meadow that would fit a hundred tents plus areas for RVs as well (though no hookups). Two vault toilets are at the top of the meadow, with flush toilets also accessible a mile or so away at the moorage campground.
Perfect for large groups such as family reunions, but also fun with just 6-8 families since the minimum numbers are pretty low.
Tip: When reserving online, this site is called G1 and requites a minimum of 30 occupants. The cost for 30 people for one night in July was $138.77, or about $4.62 per person. The weekends book up months in advance, but week days are often free.