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Camping in Washington

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About Washington Camping

Exploring the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest means choosing between beaches and deserts, forests and volcanos, lakes and prairies. Camping in Washington is a chance to greet nature up close and sleep in some of the most beautiful land in North America. The biggest challenge? Deciding where to start.

The Cascade Mountains run down the center of Washington like a spine. A handful of highways cross the crest in parallel lines, all running from the evergreens of the west side to the wide open grasslands of the east. Camping in Washington is available along every route, like the state parks that dot I-90 and North Cascades National Park that hugs Highway 20.

Take Highway 2 over Stevens Pass to find old-growth trees around each spot at Money Creek Campground, plus a view of a classic metal train trestle. Fill each day with hikes through the Cascade forest, perhaps on a stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail where it passes the Stevens Pass Mountain Resort ski area. Head east of Stevens Pass to verdant Lake Wenatchee State Park for wooded campsites near the shores of a placid mountain lake and a stable inside the park offering trail rides through the summer. BYO kayak or rent one here.

Sometimes camping in Washington means getting off the beaten track to explore the quiet corners of the state. Take a forest road in Olympic National Park to find a green haven of mossy logs and curious chipmunks, or head north around Mount Baker, the Cascades’ northernmost volcano, for boat-in campsites around Baker Lake. In winter, the snowy expanse of Artist Point near Mount Baker' offers killer views of rugged glaciers for intrepid snow campers and backcountry skiers.

There are spectacular overnights to be had in the Pacific Northwest’s national and state parks, not to mention the remote U.S. Forest Service lands that blanket this corner of the country. Stock up on s’mores and firewood (when and where rules allow) and pitch a tent under the stars and go camping in Washington for the trip of a lifetime.

Recent Reviews In Washington

5286 Reviews of 1966 Washington Campgrounds

lara K.
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

Basic

The RV park is merely a gravel parking lot and you don't get to access the resort. You can't really get to the beach either, so there's not a lot to do here except gamble. The restaurants in the casino are just ok. Gambling is fun but if you are looking for the whole experience, this is a…

Month of VisitAugust
lara K.
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

Meh

In an industrial section of town, despite being right on the water. Lots of traffic noise, everything is paved. That said, convenient to town, and to attractions like jet boat tours. Just not much to do at the park itself.

Month of VisitAugust
jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

Beautiful place

Nice and clean flat tent sites with grass. Lots of wildlife had a visit from a family of raccoons and deer. Lovely views of the ocean.

Month of VisitNovember
jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

Fantastic

This is a really nice campground. Super well cared for in a beautiful forest. The staff and volunteers do a great job!

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Month of VisitNovember
Chanel C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

Sweater weather camping

We loved camping here during the summer! It was cloudy and the air was crisp. Perfect getaway from the heat.

  • Sites are very close together with very little privacy. Hope you love being stacked up against your neighbors
  • Sites are also pretty small and narrow
  • Crowded campsite with lots of…
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Month of VisitJuly
Kurtis K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

Amazing!

Immaculate RV park within minutes of the Casino. You can even rent golf carts for the day to easily travel back and forth. Pool was closed, fairly quiet but everyone has a dog.

Site11
Month of VisitNovember
Matthew R.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2021

Forested campground by a lake and the sea

I stayed at the Cranberry Lake campground because everything else was closed for the season. There were lots of cozy nooks to park anything from a car to an RV. The ocean and a lake are right next to the sites, and it was great to watch the sunset through the trees as I cooked dinner. There are…

SiteCranberry Lake, site 127
Month of VisitNovember
D
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2021

Spacious

Huge campground, plenty of space, most fit multiple vehicles or vehicles and campers easily. Busy in the summer months but have never not been able to get a spot. Thetis section of the campground seems to be most disarable (surrounded by shore) Fires were not permitted during this time. Lots of…

Month of VisitOctober
S
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2021

Beautiful riverside campground

We absolutely loved this campground! Stayed during the week so there was plenty of availability. There are about 15 campsites right along the river out of 50 total. We were able to easily get a riverside spot during the week. My man spent most of his time fishing right from our campsite while I…

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Month of VisitJuly
D
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2021

Enjoyed fall camping

Wonderful place to camp during autumn. Beautiful colors. Arrived for the last weekend before gates were closed (Closed noon Monday 10/11) A lot of no show reservations, recommend coming Saturday morning and taking the pick of the crop. Very close to amazing hikes and Leavenworth. Camp hosts were…

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Month of VisitNovember
J
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2021

Best high camp of Mt Rainier.

I’m tempted to not post this as I don’t want it to become too popular. However, considering how selfish that may be. I shall share with you how cool camp Schümann is.

It’s the best way to find yourself next to the behemoth of rainier while being also secluded with a toilet!!

Hike in can be a…

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Month of VisitSeptember
wThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2021

Lots of trails around

Very nice spot for an overnight or a few days. There’s a lot of hiking trails around here. Don’t forget tour Discover Pass.

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Month of VisitNovember
Katrina E.
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2021

Beautiful river and fall leaves

Peaceful stay. Showers require tokens. A little pricey.

Site13
Month of VisitNovember
HThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2021

Great BUT

(Stayed 9/21) North Casacdes' campsites are free during off season but they are VERY LIMITED. We got this one the moment someone pulled out of it, and the night before we had slept in a parking lot at Colonial Creek because literally every available spot in the park was taken. If you get a spot,…

Month of VisitOctober
HThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2021

Free in off season BUT

(Stayed 9/ 20) North Cascades' campgrounds are free in the off season, however they fill up FAST. ALL of the available spaces were taken in all of the remaining open off season sites. Colonial is mostly closed and only allows walk in sites. A group of vans and cars all slept in the parking lot due…

Month of VisitOctober

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