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Top Ten Campgrounds in Washington State
Thinking of visiting Washington State this summer? Carry your favorite camping gear because you are going to get some of the best campsites around.Here is a list of my Top 10 Campgrounds Washington state has to offer. Washington is one of the best places for those who love sleeping under the stars. All you have to do is pitch your tents, build a campfire (when we can), and start enjoying your time. There are plenty of campsites in this place, but finding the best is not an easy task. This list highlights some of the best campgrounds in Washington.
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1. Ohanapecosh Campground – 46.7311111. 46° 43′ 52.0000″ N.
Ohanapecosh Campground provides three beautiful campgrounds located right in the heart of Mount Rainer National Park. If you need some humble getaway time in a less crowded campground, Ohanapecosh guarantees exactly that since it’s one of the most peaceful places you can visit. Apart from giving you a beautiful and friendly camping site, this spot will also expose you to the beautiful scenery of a wild river running right in the middle of the campground together with magical old-growth forests. You’ll also enjoy some hiking experience in the nature loop trail right outside the campground and see some of the biggest trees on earth. After a long walk, treat yourself to spar experience with the bubbling waters of the Ohanapecosh Hot Springs.
2. Moran State Park – 48.6650° N, 122.8240° W
Moran is one of the greatest places to camp in Washington State. Located at the San Juan Islands, this place provides the best outdoor environment, and every outdoor enthusiast will love it. While at the campsite, you can climb to the top of the small mountain and treat yourself to the beautiful scenery on the Northwest Straits.
With a total of 166 campsites, there is plenty to do in this campsite, and you’ll never get bored. Get a taste of the freshwater lakes around the area or treat yourself to some humble time on the mountain lake. Hop on a ferry and go all the way to Orcas Island and find a variety of fun things to do. You can also stroll around the lake and relax your mind as you think about how you are going to spend the rest of your vacation.
If you love those campsites that are not yet over-utilized, then Colonial Creek located at North Cascades National Park is one of the best places you can visit. The park boasts of over 300 glaciers, 400 miles of hiking trails and 127 alpine lakes. You will never run short of things to do at this camping site. Treat your eyes to some beautiful old growth forests, go fishing, hop into a boat, or treat yourself to some mountain climbing. If you’re camping with your family, Colonial Greek is the best place to pitch your tent. It is located near the amphitheater and the interpretive center, and you will have the opportunity to experience all the fun with your family.
White River, which is located in the Mount Rainer National Park, is one of the great places to enjoy some camping time. At 4,400 feet elevation, this campsite is suitable for late summer camping. Apart from the great camping experience, you get to treat yourself to a view of mountain goats, wildflowers, and the stunning Mt. Rainier. With up to 112 camping sites, you will have easy access to trails such as Wonderland Trail and the Glacier Basin Trail.
You will never run out of things to do at the Olympic National Park. This is the best outdoor playground where you get plenty of things to do, including hiking, paddling, backpacking, among other fun things. If you want to treat yourself to some camping experience, then the Kalaloch is right inside the pack offering up to 170 campsites to choose from. You can pitch your tent anywhere you want and enjoy a silent night. If you love some oceanic view, you can walk along the oceanic stretch of the coastline, and enjoy the sound of the crashing waves.
Deception Pass State Park stands as the most viewed camp in Washington State. The Park spans across Fidalgo and the Whidbey Islands which connects to the famous Deception Pass Bridge. You can treat yourself to a walk along the saltwater and freshwater shoreline of over 100,000 combined feet. You can also hike the 37 miles of the trails, pass through the coves, and see the wildlife cliff. Treat yourself to the West Beach Sand Dunes, the Kukutalki Preserve, and the Rosario Beach tide pools. There are a total of three campgrounds to choose from with a total of 167 tent sites. The camps start from the Bowman Bay, Cranberry and the Quarry Pond.
Ginko Petrified Forest is located near the Vantage. The forest has a wide variety of petrified trees which resulted in it being designated as a national landmark. The camp offers a unique camping environment where you can relax and spend some fun time either with friends or family. You will also treat yourself to a beautiful view of the Columbia River with more than five miles of freshwater shoreline. As if that’s not enough, the camp treats you 7,100 backcountry hiking experience. You have up to 50 campsites to choose from at the Petrified Forest as well as the Wanapum Recreational Area with options for tent and RV camping.
Contrary to its name, there is nothing disappointing about this park as it only ensures you have maximum time during your camping time. This is the oldest parks in Washington State, but despite its age, it still makes it to the list of the top camping grounds in the state. You get to enjoy many activities during your stay in the camp including fishing, hiking, clamming and some lighthouse tour. The hiking trails continue to improve each year thanks to volunteers of Washington Trails Association who are dedicated to making the place a great place for outdoor enthusiasts.
Salt is not only a great camping site, but it’s also a recreational area with all the amenities you need for camping and recreation. The play sports and the fields are located in the northern part of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The whale trail and the birding trail offers an exceptional wildlife view located at National Audubon Washington. You can choose to relax at the beach by Crescent Bay or go hiking, kayaking, and surfing. The campground offers up to 92 sites with views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Canada. You can also enjoy tide pooling opportunities of the Tongue Point Marine Sanctuary.
Lake Wenatchee is another great camping site preferred by many people in Washington State with many campgrounds to choose from. You can choose to camp at Nason Creek campground which offers 73 large secluded parks where you can treat yourself to some private time. Another great place that will comfortably accommodate you and your family is the Lake Wenatchee State Park campground. There are several activities you can indulge in, including hiking, fishing, playground, and canoeing. Another great place along the lake area is Glacier View Campground which does not disappoint with up to 23 campsites with a beautiful view of the Glacier Peak.
Dont forget to check the weather and let someone know where you will be going….
Enjoy. Relax. Have Fun.