Olympic National Forest


The Olympic National Forest is a 633,000-acre collection of diverse landscapes and recreational opportunities. Situated on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington's northwest corner, the U.S. Forest Service-managed land is composed of temperate rain forest, mountains, lakes, rivers, and saltwater beaches. Established in 1897 as the Olympic Forest Reserve (it received its current name in 1907), the forest surrounds much of Olympic National Park and offers a dizzying array of diversions, such as camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, picnicking, and scenic drives.

The park’s main office is in Olympia, but there are ranger stations in the vicinity of Quinault, Forks, and Quilcene. The area is also dotted with Olympic National Park visitors centers. Some 250 miles of trail wind through the forest, including the half-mile interpretive Quinault Rain Forest Nature Trail on the south shore of Lake Quinault and the barrier-free, kid-friendly Pioneer Path's Nature Trail in the Klahowya Campground, 9 miles west of the glacial, 12-mile-long Lake Crescent. More than 20 campgrounds, including hike-in and boat-in sites, are within the forest's boundaries, offering more than 600 campsites.


1835 Black Lake Blvd. S.W.
Olympia, Washington 98512


47.39182400, -123.89232200
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(360) 956-2402

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