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10 Uncrowded Beaches around the Olympic Peninsula

April 1, 2021

From majestic sea stacks to clifftop vistas of the expansive Pacific Ocean to secluded beaches on quiet coves and bays, the Olympic Peninsula is a beach lover’s paradise. When you need a beach fix but want to be surrounded by …

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Grays Harbor Beach with family

How to Build a Sandcastle on a Grays Harbor Beach

March 31, 2021

Tips on Building a Great Sandcastle from a Grays Harbor Pro For many, their earliest memory from a day at the beach includes building a sandcastle, moat and all. Even as adults, the novelty of creating a magical castle out …

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Viewing Waterfalls in Olympic Peninsula Rain Forests

February 25, 2021

Do you feel it? There is a hint of spring in the air. The days are getting longer and the rain, well, it’s still here. But there is a beauty to all that rain, if you know where to look. …

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My first time as a lighthouse keeper at New Dungeness

January 29, 2021

It was a bucket-list dream come true. My Christmas present was an annual membership to the New Dungeness Light Station Association, and a reservation to spend the last week of 2020 in the lighthouse keeper’s house at New Dungeness Lighthouse …

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Totem Poles of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

December 23, 2020

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has been carving totem poles for over 25 years. More than 35 totems grace their tribal campus in Blyn, seven miles east of Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula. They are magnificent works of art providing a …

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Winter Birding on the Olympic Peninsula

December 23, 2020

Winter is a very busy time for birds and birders in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. Many species gather here during their non-breeding time of year, from thousands of ducks in Dungeness Bay to scads of sparrows visiting backyard feeders. The Sequim-Dungeness …

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Copalis Ghost Forest

December 16, 2020

What was once a forest along the Copalis River less than a mile upstream from the town of Copalis is now a cluster of preserved tree trunks stripped of their branches. They stand as scientific proof of the great Japanese …

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Cross-country skier at Hurricane Ridge

A Guide to Winter Recreation at Olympic National Park

November 23, 2020

From snow-blanketed mountains to evergreen forests dripping with rain and ocean beaches pounded by winter storm waves, there are many ways to recreate in the winter at Olympic National Park. Although most of areas of the park are open, some …

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Rialto Beach

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

November 17, 2020

Last updated November 17, 2020 See our new Guidelines for Visiting the Olympic Peninsula pdf and Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands blog to check what is open. To stay informed on Governor Inslee’s Four Phase Reopening Plan, follow …

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Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands

September 17, 2020

Last updated April 5, 2021 This page will be updated daily or as needed. Scroll down to view each recreation area categorized by land jurisdiction. Not all parks and trails are listed. Independently owned and operated campgrounds and RV parks …

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