From magical rain forests to majestic alpine peaks to wild coastline that stretches for miles, Olympic National Park offers a vast and diverse landscape that attracts visitors and adventurers from around the globe.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve encompasses nearly a million acres bursting with sights, sounds and endless activity. It’s a natural playground of glacier-carved lakes, waterfalls, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, dozens of campgrounds and scenic vistas too numerous to tally.
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Olympic National Park Entrances
From Hood Canal to Lake Quinault along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway you have several opportunities to enter Olympic National Park, and you’ll find unique terrain and experiences at each spot.
Reopened in May 2018 after a major facelift, the main Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles offers general information, a children’s discovery room, book store, maps and exhibits. Take time to view the movie to learn more about the park’s three main habitats and be sure to venture out on nearby nature trails. The Wilderness Information Center is on site April through October and has all you need to know about backpacking, permits and bear cans required for backcountry camping.
Olympic National Park Visitor Center
3002 Mount Angeles Rd., Port Angeles, WA 98362
Open daily year round; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Hours vary according to season
Make the most of your visit to one of the Olympic Peninsula’s most iconic and popular destinations with a stop at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. You’ll find information, maps, exhibits, an orientation film and nearby trails. A gift shop and snack bar are open seasonally. Ranger walks and talks, Junior Ranger programs and star- and moon-gazing events are offered during summer months.
2018 season: Open daily May 25–October 14, 2018, 10 am–5:30 pm; hours vary remainder of year
Hurricane Ridge, approximately 17 miles from Port Angeles
Heart O’ the Hills
A great spot to visit during summer months, Heart O’ the Hills campground offers evening amphitheater programs covering a span of topics, along with Junior Ranger forest activities for the kids.
Ranger station operates summer months only.
It’s not always open, but when it is the Storm King Ranger Station is a good place to stop in for information, books, kids’ activities, and access to trails. Guided hikes, Olympic Junior Ranger program and evening programs on the scenic lake are offered during summer months.
Open intermittently, summer months only.
The Mora Ranger Station near Rialto Beach is open summer months Friday through Sunday. Stop in for information, maps, wilderness permits and bear cans. Mora Campground offers evening programs at the amphitheater.
Mora Ranger Station
3283 Mora Rd., Forks, WA 98331
There’s a lot happening around Kalaloch beaches, and the Kalaloch Ranger Station can fill you in on the coastal region and nearby Forks. Along with helpful information, the ranger station features exhibits, books and maps. During summer months, check out ranger-lead beach and tidepool walks, talks, Junior Ranger programs and evening events at Kalaloch Campground.
2018 season: Open daily from 9 am–5 pm through September 30.
Quinault Rain Forest
The Quinault Rain Forest Ranger Station on North Shore Road offers information, exhibits, bookshop, maps and nearby trails. Learn more about life in a rain forest and homesteader lore on a 90-minute ranger-lead walks across easy terrain.
Hoh Rain Forest
Stop in at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center for general park information, books, maps, wilderness permits, bear cans and access to popular nearby trails. During summer, join a guided 90-minute ranger-led walk through the Hall of Mosses or Spruce Nature Trail or get the lowdown on the world-famous rain forest.
2018 season: Open daily 9 am–5 pm through September 4. Closed September 5 to mid-October during road repair project. Open Friday–Sunday when road reopens December 2018.
Hoh Rain Forest
Approximately 31 miles south of Forks off U.S. Highway 101
The Staircase Ranger Station located in south Hood Canal is staffed intermittently. For information about the area, along with wilderness passes, bear cans and park passes, stop in at the Hoodsport Visitor Information Center.
Hoodsport Visitor Information Center
150 N. Cushman Rd., Hoodsport, WA 98548