The Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park is one of the world’s iconic forests. Known for its vibrant greens, curtains of moss and dense, old-growth canopy, the Hoh is nearly half a day’s drive from Seattle. But campers at Bogachiel State Park, a lush rainforest in its own right, enjoy a 40-minute drive to this natural wonder.
Relaxation and Olympic Peninsula exploration are the name of the game at Bogachiel. After a leisurely morning on the Bogachiel River, take Highway 101 to the Hoh Rainforest and spend a day among moss and mushrooms. Take a stroll on the mighty Hoh River, give elk herds the right of way and hope for a glimpse of the snowy Olympic Mountains.
Also 45 minutes away are the wild peninsula beaches. Check out the rock pillars of Ruby Beach and nose around in the tide pools at Rialto, Beach 2 and Beach 4. Then enjoy dinner at Kalaloch or in Forks, where you also can pick up “Twilight” souvenirs for the vampire story fan in your family.
Back at Bogachiel, soak your feet in the river and take your time in this green-enshrouded forest. You have now seen a part of the world that few will ever experience.
Bogachiel State Park is a thickly forested 123-acre camping park on the banks of the Bogachiel River. The park provides an excellent base for western Olympic Peninsula tourism. Beginning February 21, 2018, campsites can be reserved for arrival dates between May 15 - Sept 15. To make a reservation, visit online or call (888) 226-7688.
The park provides three picnic tables in the upper day-use area. The lower day-use area has a kitchen shelter with electricity, lighting, a large grill and three parking spots, all on a first-come, first-served basis. A restroom is nearby.
1 mile of hiking trail
Other activities & features
During mid summer visitors have been known to float the small section of river at the park.
A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The campground offers 26 standard sites, six sites with power and water, one ADA, two hiker - biker sites, one dump station and two restroom buildings with showers. Main campground restroom includes ADA accessible restrooms and showers. The park accommodates RVs and combinations of 40 feet or less in length. Beginning February 21st, 2018 reservations can be made for camping between May 15 - Sept 15 2018. Reservations can be made by calling 1 (888) 226-7688 or visiting parks.wa.gov and clicking on the reservation link.
The park has one group camp for tents. It provides a covered shelter and two sheltered picnic tables. The camp accommodates 16 to 20 people.
Bogachiel State Park lies within the traditional territory of the Quileute Tribe. The Bogachiel River, which runs through the park, derives its name from an English approximation of the Quileute word for the river, meaning “muddy water.”
The park was established on March 19, 1931, through an act of the Washington State Legislature to set aside certain publicly owned lands for use as state parks. At the time, Washington’s recently established state park system had no operating funds, so the agency formed an agreement with the Bogachiel Improvement Club and the Chamber of Commerce of Forks to manage and develop the park.