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Posted: 01/11/17 12:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a 33 foot TT (65 foot overall). Want to spend a week this summer at Olympic Peninsula. We like camping at the NP campgrounds and dry camping. Do not need the "extra" facilities of a private campground, but we will need to dump after a few days.

Some of the reviews say that while the "official" length at most of the NP campgrounds is only 25 feet there are many sites that will take much longer rigs.

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1. Anyone with actual experience with a long rig?

2. OP looks to be very large like YS. Is it best to find one site and drive around to see OP or should we look for a campground in the north for a few days then move 50 south for a few days and them move 50 more for a few days?

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I would definitely move around, a few days in each area. Otherwise, you spend a lot of time driving. We liked Heart of the Hills campground, Sol Duc campground, and the Hoh Valley campground. Our trailer is small, so I don't really know how they'd be for bigger RVs. Bring high-quality rain gear.

If you go to my blog (see link in signature) and type in Olympic in the search bar, there may be some useful tips on hiking and other activities.


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Yeah I agree, the park is quite large but the roads only poke into it from the edges, no thru roads. So if you are at the 6 O'Clock point and you want to check out the entrance from the 12 O'clock, you have a long drive in front of you. We stayed at a CG on the Hood Canal for 3 or 4 days and likewise one at Forks for a couple days. The one at Forks was a soggy dump. The one at the Canal was excellent.

The weather will affect what you will want to do. No surprise it rains -a lot- in the area. I don't think we saw a blue sky the whole time we were there. I was in the area a long time ago and it rained for 143 days straight and was still raining when I left. Not heavy rain, more often just a drizzle.


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We were there last summer and scouted many of the the campgrounds. I think you will find your trailer is too long for the NP campgrounds. Your best bet might for long campsites might be Klahowya Campground, west of Lake Crescent.

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TenOC, some of the campgrounds in Olympic NP have some sites that will take up to 35 feet. See https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/camping.htm for more information.

I am with you on: "We like camping at the NP campgrounds and dry camping. Do not need the "extra" facilities of a private campground"


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We were in the area in 2011. Stayed at Salt Creek Recreation Area, 15 miles west of Port Angeles. Beautiful county park with great views of the Straits of Juan Defuca. Enjoyed Hurricane Ridge, Neah Bay. Wastern-most Pt, etc. Took the ferry to Victoria. Was a lot of driving but was so worth it.





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Here's the park's website with lots of good information including camping. A couple campgrounds have bigger sites.

https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/camping.htm

If you need a beach/small town fix, try to stay at Fort Worden State Park for a couple days. It's at Port Townsend which is a fun little town with lots to do. The beach sites are the best. You can walk to noon concerts on the grass, rent a kayak, do a day trip to Seattle via the Bainbridge Island ferry which docks right at Aquarium, the Pike Market, the Underground Tour, the Space Needle (take the quick monorail to get there). You could also do a day trip to Hurricane Ridge, Olympia NP.

There are many public camping spots in the area. You can't go wrong with any.


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Sequim Bay State Park (located half way between Sequim and 7 Cedars Casino)

park map. I believe the "Upper Loop" has a 25 foot length limit for the RV.

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We stayed at Elwah Dam RV Park and Forks 101. You will fit in those campgrounds.


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You are right. The Olympic Peninsula is huge, but unlike Yellowstone NP, no roads pass through it. This NP is comprised of a mountain range, the Olympics, at its heart, and the ocean beaches on its west perimeter. It's way to big to stay in one location and take day trips.

The park is accessed on the west, north, and east sides. I suggest finding a location at each of these sides and stay several days there for your day trips. Google research - here are ideas for you. WEST: Kalaloch campground, town of Forks area /Bogachiel SP (Hoh rainforest), town of LaPush. NORTH: Salt Creek County Pk, city of Pt. Angeles (Elwha R. and rainforest and Hurricane Ridge), Lk. Crescent (+Sol Duc Hot Springs). EAST: plenty of NP, SP, and private campgrounds along Hood Canal, Lk. Cushman.

As a local who has camped and hiked lots on the "Peninsula" through the years I can easily stay a week in any one of these 3 sections doing "stuff" or just kicking back. Beware that parts of the Olympic Peninsula are the rainiest spots in the lower 48 if not the world. Parts of it are in unique rain shadows (e.g. Sequim) which get little rain. Also Ft. Wooden SP next to Pt. Townsend in the N.E. tip of the Peninsula is a unique, beautiful location.

Olympic NP is huge. You won't see it all in one visit, just like Yellowstone, but you will enjoy it.


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