Campsites will accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. The 64 camp units are spaced for privacy in a second-growth forested area. Big Creek, a small stream, is adjacent to the campground. Fires in developed campsites only.
Three covered picnic shelters are available for group–day use only. Hiking, mountain climbing, fishing, swimming, and exceptional scenery can be enjoyed in the area. Lake Cushman and the Staircase entrance to Olympic National Park are nearby with a public boat ramp available in vicinity.
A trailhead within the campground accesses Big Creek Campground Trail #827 - a gentle loop around Big Creek Campground, and Upper Big Creek Loop #827.1 a longer loop trail which also links up to the Mt Ellinor Connector Trail #827.2 north of the campground.
Beautiful forest campground. We loved this campground because there is plenty of room for all the campers. Clean and well kept.
Great relaxing location. Really close to lake Cashman. Campgrounds provide plenty of space for groups of 8-10. Very clean and beautiful location for summer camping.
This was one of the first areas we explored and keep coming back to it. They aren't open all year (typically May to October) but it is well worth it in the summer! We found a nice secluded and quiet spot with larger than average spacing to set up our large tent. The spots have a nice campfire ring and table that sit among the trees. The bathroom was a pit toilet but we have found that they aren't bad up hear. There isn't running water in the privy but they did have water for the campers. The road in is all paved and there is supposed to be a camp host although when we were there, no one showed up. The cost is a bit pricey for us at $20 but still better than the local state parks. As far as hiking there is a nice 4 mile loop and a nice ascent to Mount Eleanor. The 4 mile hike is one of my favorites so far in the region.
Near Lake Cushman and not far out of Hoodsport off Highway 101, this easily accessible campground is away from the summer craziness that afflicts so many campgrounds in the Olympics. That said, it's still very close to the big boat-friendly lake (just a few miles to the south) and Staircase, which is an amazing entry point into Olympic National Park.
The surrounding forest is lush and gorgeous, the campsites fairly spread out (there are 23 sites for tents, trailers and RVs, with the usual amenities) and as an entry point to outstanding hiking it's first rate. My crew hit the short trail that circumnavigates the campground and then hooked up to the Upper Big Creek Loop Trail, which climbs into the forest, features some nice bridge crossings and affords views of Mount Ellinor (you can connect to the Mount Ellinor Trail, too, if you're super ambitious and ready to go big!). Big Creek roars steeply down through part of the trail (under a few bridges, that is!) and then skirts its namesake campground.
Big Creek Campground is definitely a stellar basecamp for exploring the south Olympics area, which abounds with trails, climbs and fishing spots, and I'd highly recommend you giving it a shot.
We camped here on a Thursday night-- got in late and Staircase was full but Big Creek had tons of space available. Great campground, well spaced sites, very clean with new facilities and spacious picnic shelters (the shelter lights don't turn off however, so that was almost a problem). We got a site on our own private loop! Plenty of bathrooms and water spigots around. We had a great time, and experienced no bugs! The only downside was the tent spaces are all in fine gravel beds, so not the softest.
We stumbled upon this campground by chance and were quite happy to have done so. We came early in the morning and were able to get a tent site (first come first serve $20/night) before setting out to explore the Staircase area of Olympic National Park. The campground hosts were super friendly and gave us great advice on where to go in the area. Our tent site had a fire pit with grill, picnic table, and nice gravel parking pad. The spots here are well dispersed and set back in the woods for the most part so they felt very secluded and peaceful. We didn't spend a ton of time around the campground and this was just a one night exploration base but overall it was clean, offered good basic amenities and was very quiet and tranquil.