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South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park

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National Park Service

Olympic National Park

Positioned on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, South Beach offers panoramic ocean views and beach access.

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Location

South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park is located in Washington

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Directions

South Beach Campground is located off of Highway 101 in the Kalaloch Area. The Kalaloch Area is 36 miles south of Forks, WA.

Coordinates

47.566023 N
124.361388 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Good
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
    Fair

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Phone Service
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

For Vehicles

  • Big Rig Friendly

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17 Reviews

Sonny S.
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2022

very crowded but nice people

Stayed here for two nights after a friend recommended it and it’s definitely a gorgeous view of the ocean but it’s by no means private. There’s only a few places you can actually put a tent as most sites seem to cater to van or RV campers. Some noisy neighbors but most were great. Our second night someone camped right next to us at our site but they were fun to talk to nonetheless. Kalaloch lodge down the road is great for dinner and shopping. no water but good bathrooms

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Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Sonny S., September 13, 2022
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Sonny S., September 13, 2022
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Sonny S., September 13, 2022
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Michael D.
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2022

Awesome campground right on the pacific

Paid campground that was pretty crowded but luckily we got the first spot on the right when you come in so we had some privacy. There were bathrooms and tables and you could walk down to the beach which was amazing. Convenient spot right off the highway but you couldnt hear the cars on the road.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Michael D., August 9, 2022
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Michael D., August 9, 2022
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Michael D., August 9, 2022
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K
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2021

Saw Whales at Dusk!

While the campground doesn’t offer any privacy for each spot, it is in an amazing location. Take an evening stroll along the beach and look for whales. During September there were 2 really close to shore showing off their fins for hours.

There are bathrooms but no water hookups or any outlets.

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Katie B., October 19, 2021
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Reviewed Aug. 31, 2021

Nice, but crowded.

Pulled in on a Monday and found a spot along the beach. The site was pretty small and there was next to no privacy. Some of the sites are so small that I don't even see how you could put up a tent. Parking an RV would leave you partially blocking the road in some sites. If you look at the size of the park on a sat image and consider that there are 50 sites in this tiny area, you can get an idea of what to expect. There is a lot of gravel around the sites, so you end up with rocks underfoot. Barefoot isn't the best option. The views were amazing and a moonlit walk on the beach is always nice. There are bathrooms with real toilets rather than stinky pits in the ground, but there are no showers or sinks.
$20 a night seems excessive for what you get here, but there aren't many options for beach camping around.

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Month of VisitSeptember
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Reviewed Jul. 17, 2021

Hidden Gem by the Ocean

South Beach campground is one of those hidden gems I wish I had gotten to spend more time at. It seems at first glance like overflow camping from Mora, but if I’m ever in the area again I’ll choose this site over that in a heartbeat. There isn’t much privacy, and there are only about twenty sites, but don’t let that dissuade you. The sunsets are spectacular, the stars at night even more so, and the beach is only a few steps away the entire time.

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Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Grace , July 17, 2021
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Kristina  C.
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2021

Great View

Campsite overlooks the beach and ocean. Sites are fairly close to each other and very open. Not much trees or shade. It can be tricky to find a spot with an actual view sense at lot of RVs will fill up the front row blocking the ocean view for any sites behind it. Trails that lease straight to the beach.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Kristina  C., June 30, 2021
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Kristina  C., June 30, 2021
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Kristina  C., June 30, 2021
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Lauren V.
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2021

Ocean front

My partner and I thought this campground was a great find. We got there around 1 on a Thursday and we were able to grab an ocean front spot for our skoolie. The beach was beautiful, huge washed up trees that we had fun climbing on and some really cool rocks to be found when combing the beach. Has bathrooms but no sinks or showers so bring your own water. 20$ for the night.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Lauren V., June 4, 2021
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Lauren V., June 4, 2021
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Lauren V., June 4, 2021
Annie C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2021

Camp with the whales

On the western side of Olympic National Park, this campground was right on the top of the dunes/bluffs overlooking the water. It is a long narrow loop with very tight sites right on top of each other and no privacy whatsoever. First warning- there is NO water available here(ironic as you look out at the Pacific Ocean), not even in the bathroom(just flush toilets, no sinks). So bring all that you might need. Second warning- LOTS of RVs that will block your view if you end up on the uphill side of them. Most sites had picnic tables and some had fire rings. Tide charts are posted at the bathrooms, which would be very important if you want to spend any time along the narrow beach below the campground. All that being said, I loved being able to watch the sea otters and gray whales while I ate my dinner.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Annie C., June 1, 2021
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Annie C., June 1, 2021
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Annie C., June 1, 2021
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Blaine B.
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2020

Million Dollar Views - Close to your Neighbors

We loved the view of the ocean and proximity to the beach, but we’ve not stay at many campgrounds where we were so close to our neighbors. At times it felt difficult to socially distance...spots are that close. The views and beach make up for it though. We spent all our time on the beach so it was great.

  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Blaine B., August 31, 2020
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Blaine B., August 31, 2020
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Blaine B., August 31, 2020
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K
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2020

Beautiful sunsets

This campground is first come first served and when we arrived it was full. There are very few campgrounds around the area and they were all reserved. We were allowed to stay for the night as we arrived late and left very early. Be wary that the site may be full.

  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Kallie B., August 11, 2020
Jake A.
Reviewed May. 30, 2020

Beautiful beach camping

With a short hike to the beach, there’s nothing like camping on beach with the nearest person more than a football field away! It was my first beach camping experience and it was amazing!

  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Jake A., May 30, 2020
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Jake A., May 30, 2020
Samantha  T.
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2019

Next to the ocean

The campground is first come first served small sites that are cramped together but close to the ocean. $15 per night.

Robert  G.
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2019

Enjoy the ocean breeze

This is the best place I ever set up a tent. To smell the ocean and it’s calming effects is probably the most relaxed I’ve felt in a long time. I just saw a sign on the road and decided to turn and I ended up here and was so happy there were still tent sites still available. It’s first come first serve and it’s worth it! I will come back again!

  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Robert  G., June 29, 2019
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Robert  G., June 29, 2019
  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Robert  G., June 29, 2019
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Chad K.
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2018

Overlooking the Beach

This campground is awesome.  Waking up in your tent to the sounds of crashing waves and drinking your coffee on the bluff looking out over the ocean is as relaxing as it gets.  THe campground is about 50 spots that are tightly packed with nice restrooms.  THe beach is accessible to roam miles each way.  Bring water.

Month of VisitJuly
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Brandi M.
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2018

Open campground on a bluff overlooking the ocean

This is a 50 or so spot open campground. Trails down to the beach, which is filled with driftwood, rocks and beautiful sand. You can watch whales from your site. It's a short drive to the House National Rain Forest. There are many things to do in the area.

Sara S.
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2016

near the beach

What a great experience camping so near to the beach. The park is lovely- so many different areas to check out and experience. Our campsite was average. It was somewhat busy while we were there, but this is an ideal campground so that makes sense. Very pleased with our stay here and I recommend it.

Lindsay B.
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2015

Noisy, but so Scenic and Memorable

The downside of the beach side campgrounds on the Olympic Peninsula are their close proximity to the busy road. The upside of the beach side campgrounds is you are feet from a ridiculously beautiful beach full of life and so much to see. You could live on the beach your whole life and not see it all.

  • Review photo of South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park by Lindsay B., June 10, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

Does South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at South Beach Campground — Olympic National Park?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is fair.