North Fork Elk Group sits alongside the Cispus River in the North Fork Campground, shaded by a dense canopy of pine, fir and cedar trees. The facility is typically open from mid-May through late September, and is one one of three group sites within the campground.
North Fork is situated between three of Washington's most impressive mountains: Mount St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier. The variety of recreational activities and the diverse natural beauty draws many visitors to this area.
North Fork Elk Group makes a great base camp for a variety of activities. Hikers, mountain bikers and OHV riders can access the nearby multi-use Valley Trail. From this trail, OHV riders can enjoy a network of over 50 miles of OHV trails.
The North Fork Loop trail is open to foot traffic and can also be accessed in this area.
Anglers can fish the Cispus River for brook trout, steelhead and salmon.
This tent-only site has six tent pads and will accommodate up to 30 people. It's secluded with gated access and offers picnic tables, grills and drinking water.
There is a host on-site and firewood is available for sale.
North Fork is part of the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, which is located in the northernmost portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Located in southwest Washington state, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1.3 million acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument established by Congress in 1982.
This Ranger District manages four Wilderness Areas including the Goat Rocks Wilderness, Glacier View Wilderness, Tatoosh Wilderness and William O. Douglass Wilderness. Major River drainage includes the Cowlitz River, Clear Fork of the Cowlitz, and the Cispus River.
A variety of wildlife may be spotted in this area, including elk, deer and bears.
Randle is the closest town to North Fork, and it offers access to the Windy Ridge Lookout at Mount St. Helens.
Adventurous hikers who want to enjoy some spectacular views may be interested in the Tongue Mountain Trail, which climbs to an elevation of 4,838 feet.
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We had no reservations and stumbled upon this gem- gorgeous campsite right along the river! Quiet and clean bathrooms, with flat sites - well maintained by a very friendly couple. Peaceful and fell asleep to the running river water- amazing!
Beaver is right on the river. Parking is located above the site. Lovely outhouse. Lots of picnic tables, garbage cans, water available in the site. Easy river access. Lots of shade, areas with sun. Privacy between tent pads is terrific. RV's and Trailers have nice level parking area above the rest of the site. Good trail system throughout campground.
Stayed two nights in early July, campground was well maintained, vault toilets were clean. No showers, but water available. About 1/3 of campground was out of commission or closed as they took down hazard trees it appeared. Avoid sit #10 as next to the loo, otherwise nice site.
Mostly tent campers, sites are all good size and most spread out a bit. Campground is located and on the Cispus River so can hear the river from most spots. Of the group camps, the "Beaver" looks the nicest as on the river. Several relatively short trails, but scenic all the river and nice bridge, be sure to visit Layser Cave and Campground falls (nearby on FR23 just before campground when coming in from Randle.