This was our favorite campground over the course of 40 days on the road. Our site was right next to the river – the sound of the water was super peaceful! We were early in the season, so it was very quiet. Lots of tree coverage!
It's very hard to get a reservation anywhere near Mount Rainier. We got one Thursday night in August! The campgound is very nice. Visitor center, restrooms, nature trail. The river behind our site was beautiful! Lots of logs and boulders. Close to hiking. Our neighbors were close, but the site was very deep so it gave the illusion of more privacy that there really was.
This campground is perfect for one person, up to a whole family of six or whatever have you. Super close to the Silver Falls and the Ohanapecosh hot springs. Our camp site was very spacious with a good fire pit and close to bathrooms as well. The amphitheater was right next door and they hold ranger stories and other activities for all ages. If you’re planning on camping in the Mt. Rainier National Park, take a peak at what Ohanapecosh has to offer because you won’t leave upset or empty handed.
This is a family favorite that we visit every year. Very family friendly with large and small camp sites. Great for multiple family outings. Very full in the summer time. Only a 45 minute drive up to Paradise or White river for amazing hikes on the mountain. Greats hikes from the campground too! Visitor center in the campground, fun ranger programs
Amazing campground right in the Ohanapecosh River. Beautiful trees plenty of space and amazing ranger led activities for the kids.
I like this campground a lot. The sites are spread out, so that you don’t feel like you’re on top of your neighbor. As someone who often camps alone, it was nice to know others were close, but not too close!
We’ve stayed here a few times and it has been great. There are some sights that are better for kids than others. But we’ve had good luck most of the time.
The group campground is in its own separate area. We had more than enough space for our training retreat. The rangers were extremely helpful in getting everything set up and figured out for our ever-changing list of RSVPs. For groups, you can have the rangers do a special program just for your group---highly recommended!! They do a good job keeping up with cleaning. Lots of great information about the natural features and Native American history. Make sure you follow all the regulations regarding bears…we saw paw prints out on hikes. This is pretty far away from any stores, so make sure you have everything you need before entering the park. Excellent basecamp for long hikes in the area.
Incredible area, heavily wooded, clear waterways, endless mountain views. This is a fairly large and busy campground but the sites still feel private thanks to the PNW forests. They do a good job keeping up with cleaning. Lots of great information about the natural features and Native American history. Make sure you follow all the regulations regarding bears…we saw paw prints out on hikes. This is pretty far away from any stores, so make sure you have everything you need before entering the park. Excellent basecamp for long hikes in the area.
Campsite Review: This campground is really in a nice area of the old growth forest but it's camping amongst crowds when we went in the high season, the entire 188 sites were filled. There were very few walk-up sites and the rest of the campsites themselves are a decent size but not spaced far enough away from other campers and there is no underbrush to separate you from each other at all. We stayed at site 54 in loop A and had people constantly walking through/by both sides of our campsite to get to the toilets which were located on the next level higher than us. People literally walked right by our fire ring and through our chairs at one point to then hike up the hill instead of traversing around to the right for some stairs. If you can go off season by all means try and do it, but avoid this particular site at all costs…
The toilet facilities weren’t the nicest ones I’ve been to and could have used a little TLC. The facilities right by us were dirty and a bit rusty. They also had no soap or hand drying instrument what-so-ever (neither paper towels or hand dryer). Thankfully we had these things ourselves, but usually in NP campgrounds you don’t have to bring them yourself to the restroom.
Amenities: not sure if every site had one, but lots of bear boxes (you’re in bear and cougar (mountain lion) territory), your standard picnic tables, fire rings, plus flush toilets, potable water, & dump station for you RVers |Prohibited: pets off-leash, & firewood gathering (The camp host drives around selling wood if you haven’t already gotten some at a store) we came right during a fire ban, but as soon as it was removed they drove around letting everyone know. There then seemed to be a truck driving around with firewood for sale, I wasn’t able to confirm though as we were headed off to Paradise and then the Olympic peninsula.
Gear Review: As a Ranger for The Dyrt I sometimes get the opportunity to test out products and the saving grace for this particular camp site was my testing of the Leatherman Signal (Designed for adventure!!). This is a truly fantastic Leatherman and even if you’ve had them for years you should really check out the newer lines of specialized gear. I had an old PST (pocket survival tool) as a boy scout and had upgraded to the original WAVE, but hadn’t checked them out in years as I still have them and thought what could be better than what I already have. I was wrong. This tool and many of the other lines (skateboarding, surfing, skiing, hunting) are also really worth checking out.
- This is designed specifically with camping in mind.
- Really impressed with the new ability to change out components from this and other tools are you wear them down.
- The hammer is great for knocking in tent stakes into some stubborn ground or breaking up that giant block of ice into some manageable pieces.
- Great locking functions on the blade, saw and hammer section - nothing comes loose as you’re cutting/hammering away
- It’s really all the little touches that make this an awesome tool. Like having a sharpener, a built-in fire starter and emergency whistle. These are things that might end up saving your life if you happen to get stranded while out in the woods.
I give the Leatherman Signal 4.5/5 Stars!