Beautiful but out there

We reserved a spot in advance thankfully, this campground was very busy. A lot of spots are closed this summer, so we actually lucked out and had a whole loop to ourselves with no neighbors. Facilities are great, there’s a beautiful river running through it and a nice visitors center. Only downside for me is it’s kind of on the outskirts of the park, so going to any location in Rainier takes a little while to get there.

Hard to get to but worth it

A Long rocky and dirt road lays ahead of these dispersed camping areas. This park has set up campgrounds, but we chose to drive off road a bit and set up camp on the edge of a rocky overlook. Given we went in October, but we were the only campers around our area. No trash or restroom facilities so be prepared to pack it out. Great views!

Another cool spot

This was our last stop on a 3 day SD camping trip. We were able to find a spot at the end of the day (thank god) and set up camp. The camping is very out in the open, so don’t expect privacy of any sort. But the surrounding area is nice and it’s very close proximity to the park itself. We loved playing in the park and exploring the rocks and dunes etc. Would prefer to feel a little more secluded from all the other campers, but the facilities were nice and it was a good experience overall.

A must stay!

Holy cow we would go back here again and again. First of all, as you drive into the park you’ll just see plains of buffalo hanging out! So cool to see them up close. Secondly, the camping was nice a secluded from the traffic of the park and there were plenty of options. We picked a site on the end of the campground and were able to hike around to see different landscapes etc. We woke up the next morning and walked to the visitors center which is just full of cool information! We signed up to do the cave tours before we departed and it was just the coolest experience.

Plenty of option

Pueblo Reservoir has plenty of options for day use and also camping. Whether you want to boat, fish, swim, hike, sun tan or just chill with some scenery- you can do it here. It’s nice but sometimes has a foul fish smell depending on where you are in the park. There are facilities around and overall it was a pleasant place to spend weekends!

Nice day use

The day use area on the water is really nice, but the park itself is in a weird area and close to the Hwy overpass. Signs everywhere for “not responsible for theft” and it’s right outside of a neighborhood. Camping options are very limited since it’s a small park, so make reservations. I’d come here again for the beach access and views during the day, but probably not to camp

Small private campground

Mostly had RVs pulled in when we visited, but I’m sure they would allow rent sites. Need to reserve your site online with the JBLM MWR or go to the adventure center building nearby on base. Nice access to American Lake and fishing nearby as well.

So many Sand dollars!

No camping at this park, and you need a Discover Pass or pay the $10 daily fee. Nice beach access when the tide is down and you’ll find THOUSANDS of sand dollars. Took our nieces here and they spent hours just looking at the live ones and collecting some dead ones. Also saw some crabs and a seal out in the water.

Super fun!

The campsites here are really cool, mixed in between really rugged rocks and lake shore. We got a spot a little further off from the lake, but we were able to climb on the big rocks and hike around the outskirts. Our spot was close to the convenience store where we were able to rent a boat for the day and go out on the lake. The spot was able to accommodate a small A-line camper and a tent just fine. Not the most private camp spots but everyone around was so friendly.

Last minute camping

We decided to camp last minute and this was the only spot we could find nearby where we were. The park itself is nice, but the campground was small and provided absolutely no privacy. Basically just an open field where people camp in their spots. Lots of noise and we were close to trash cans which did not smell great. The facilities are nice with flushing toilets and sinks, so I will give it that. There is a swim beach right next to the campground which was nice, but lots of people and very noisy

Super cool spot!

Given we went here in a very off-season of December, we really enjoyed this campsite! There are camp spots that back right up to the ocean, as well as some in a more wooded area. We had our dogs with us so we chose a more secluded wooded area. Easy access to walk along the beach, there’s also a lighthouse that you can walk to and a hike up and around the Coast Guard station. Only 10 to 15 minutes from a cute little town with groceries and food as well. Highly recommend. Toilets are available but we’re closed when we visited.

Super cool spot!

Given we went here in a very off-season of December, we really enjoyed this campsite! There are camp spots that back right up to the ocean, as well as some in a more wooded area. We had our dogs with us so we chose a more secluded wooded area. Easy access to walk along the beach, there’s also a lighthouse that you can walk to and a hike up and around the Coast Guard station. Only 10 to 15 minutes from a cute little town with groceries and food as well. Highly recommend. Toilets are available but we’re closed when we visited.

Lake Crescent campground

This is by far my favorite campsite I’ve been to in WA. Lake Crescent itself is one of the most beautiful places, but the camp spot we landed made it all the better. There’s plenty of RV and car camping spots, but we chose a walk in spot right on the water and WOW!! We had the end spot so we were basically alone, but it was conveniently only 40 yards away from the little store and kayak rental shop that’s outside of the campground. Sites range in size so there’s something for everyone. Would go back over and over!

Amazing!!

While the park itself is smaller than you would imagine, the campground it provides is simply amazing! You’re definitely in a rain forest, but there’s also a beautiful blue waters of the river nearby and some mountain views. You’re super close to the visitor center and the trails at the Park provides. The bathroom facilities here were also great, you have plumbed toilets and showers! They sold firewood at the campground which was convenient for us. Would recommend getting here early as it fills up pretty fast

Minnie Peterson- on the way into Hoh Rain Forest

We found this camp spot after unsuccessfully getting a spot in the whole rain forest campground. It’s quite a few miles back out on the one-way road into the national Park. Only has maybe 10 sites, so definitely pull through here and keep an open eye. We felt very secluded and very private, the lush green trees provided a great shelter. There is only one pit toilet, so come prepared. Decent amount of bugs as well considering the landscape, so definitely bring some bug spray! One of our favorites so far!

Mountains, Rivers, Forests and Lakes!

What more could you ask for in a campground? This one is located just off of lake Cushman, follows along the creek which is super fun to walk along, has a great rainforest feel, and is also within a 30 minute drive of one of the most amazing hikes of my life. Definitely make reservations or get there early, we had a hard time landing a spot but snagged one last minute. Most of the spots we saw were very decently sized, only had a few neighbors, really great spot! Toilets are just pit toilets, so come prepared for that and definitely bring hand soap

Quarry Lake Campground

The actual campground within the state park is called Quarry Lake Campground. Very nice forest feel and offers trails that go around the state park and follow along the sound and ocean. Did get a good bit pf road noise, but not the worst. The sites were a decent size and we felt like we had enough privacy.

Small but great location

The campground for Dash point State Park is across the highway from the actual park, but offers lots of trails and hiking in and around the ocean and forest. The campground isn’t the largest, so definitely get there early or try to make a reservation. There are decent bathrooms centrally located In the campground which was nice. Not as much privacy as we would like, but given the location and ease of access to either Tacoma or Seattle, it’s a great camp spot

Amazing dispersed camping!

When we discovered EVERY organized campground in North Cascades was fully booked, we went on the hunt for dispersed camping. Located near mile marker 111 off Hwy 20, Bacon Creek Rd offers several miles of dispersed camping. The road is rough, so some car clearance is recommended. You can either pull off to one of the few side pullouts and car camp, or you can make a small trek down to the creek and camp on the rocky banks/creek bed. It is mostly rock ground, so a sleep pad would be ideal. The creek is gorgeous crystal blue (and very cold) water! We spent two nights here since it was perfect distance from both the National Park hikes and the amenities of nearby town of Marblemount. The Mondo restaurant in this town is delish if you get tired of campfire cooking. Loved this trip!