First of all, what a privilege it is to stay in such a unique and beautiful place like Hoh!
Campsites are either a huge hit or a huge miss. Because so many people are visiting and camping during COVID, we were unable to get a good spot the first night. The spot we had was virtually impossible. The tent pad was extremely lumpy and there was nowhere level to set up. Fire ring and table crowded in together. Rocks everywhere. No privacy from neighbors and we really felt like we were on display.
The good news is that because Hoh is so high traffic, people seem to come and go quickly. The next morning we were able to snag a river spot and it was easily one of the best sites! Huge site, lots of privacy. However, once again there were rocks everywhere! It was shockingly hard to drive in our tent stakes (and take them out!). We had to dig out rocks for about ten minutes before getting everything secure.
Being on the river was amazing. Though one downside is that it's such a cool little area, people were walking through the back of our site a lot. It was also a great place to view stars.
Another thing to be aware of is not only can it rain (in a rainforest!), it can get pretty cold at Hoh. Our first night was 46 degrees.
While the park itself is smaller than you would imagine, the campground it provides is simply amazing! You’re definitely in a rain forest, but there’s also a beautiful blue waters of the river nearby and some mountain views. You’re super close to the visitor center and the trails at the Park provides. The bathroom facilities here were also great, you have plumbed toilets and showers! They sold firewood at the campground which was convenient for us. Would recommend getting here early as it fills up pretty fast
The absolute closest campground you will find in the Hoh Rainforest to the most iconic trails in all the rainforest, the onsite campground is one which truly is a gem in Olympic National Park.
Because of its location prepare for rain!! I planned a stay here only to find I was basically rained out of my initial site which was slushy and slimy. On a good day however this campground really shines!! And when you are preparing if you prepare with an additional tarp you can still comfortably sleep here without issue in a tent.
I did see the advantage of those who were in hard sides however. They stay could be much more universal than it is in a tent as there would be no assembly. Sometimes in this area it can rain for days on end so a tent can pose an issue within those circumstances even with a tarp shelter.
Personally I would recommend checking the weather for the slightly less rainy season if tent camping based on my own personal experience.
Overall the facilities were clean and nice and offered standard amenities. However the restrooms seemed to be heated a bit which was very nice.
My favorite part of this campground however was the proximity to the trails. At any time you could venture a couple hundred yards and be in the middle of something spectacular. Green isn't even the color, it is beyond that it is electric.
You also have a very high chance of an elk sighting in this area is you are quiet, which is beyond words if you enjoy photography. Just take heed from the visitor center on proper safety measures however.
This is possibly the most beautiful National Park I have visited. Perfect campground along a river populated with deer, elk, and bears. Use your bear box! This is a rain forest so expect everything to be moist in the morning. There are still working pay phones here and fantastic interpretative center. There is a little town 15-20 minute drive away that has a supermarket, a large general store, and WiFi. The very best spot is Loop C, spot 78.
We absolutely loved our stay here (9/5-9/7)! We arrived on a weekday and the campground was fairly empty, so we were able to grab a great spot in the A loop with easy access to the restrooms and the trails to the visitor center. The campground is first come, first serve, dry camping, and the dump station was out of service while we were there.
There are both back-in and pull- through sites with concrete pads, fire rings, and picnic tables. Some tight turns and low-hanging trees but our 32’ fifth wheel managed just fine. Plenty of wildlife, including deer, rabbits, birds, squirrels, and numerous banana slugs.
The visitor is an easy walk from the campground. The hiking trails were simply gorgeous and we definitely did not stay long enough to thoroughly enjoy this area of Olympic National Park.
Nearby Forks, WA is a 45 minute drive from the campground.
Two bars of Verizon LTE but it varied throughout the park.
A note about the drive in: We are very glad we arrived on a weekday! The road into this campground is narrow, and there were times we were driving over the centerline to keep our rig on the road. There is no shoulder for most of the drive and we did not want to meet any oncoming traffic with a rig as long as ours. It’s doable but take it slow!
This campground feels like you are taking a step back into time or being part of Jurassic Park. There are many spots right along the river which you can place a smaller(less than 25’) travel trailer or RV. Each spot has its own landscape and plenty of space from your neighbors. This campground does not take reservations as its first come first serve. There also are not any hook-ups for water, sewer or electrical. The weather has its own climate and we stayed in early August and temperatures stayed around the 65-70’s during the day and a little cooler at night. We would come back here again!
Rainforest…. lush green moss hanging from the trees.. elk.. fog settling on the ground.. bluest river ever. Fishing is amazing…. campground is clean and spacious. Hiking trails everywhere
hands down my favorite campground ever. pretty busy, but the sites are huge. lots of wildlife. get there early cause sites fill up quick!
This is a first come first serve campground, and the good spots fill up by about 3pm, so if you want the choice spots right on the river, get there between 11a and 3pm. The drive in to the campground is nothing short of magical. I kept expecting fairies and unicorns to cross the road. While we didn’t see any mystical creatures, we did see elk, ducklings, slugs, deer, and ravens.
Great for car camping and families, with drive up campsites, restrooms with flush toilets and potable water easily accessible.
Town of Forks is nearby if you want to leave the rainforest for a moment.
The Hoh River is easily accessible from the campground.
There is a $30 fee for a 7 day pass to get in to the National Forest Land in addition to the $20 per night for the campsite. So, the longer you stay, the more you get your money’s worth.
Camp hosts were knowledgeable and friendly.