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Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands

June 9, 2022

This page has the latest information on major closures to recreational lands and roads on the Olympic Peninsula as well as required permit information. Regular seasonal closures as well as privately-owned campgrounds and RV parks will not be listed here …

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10 Uncrowded Beaches Around the Olympic Peninsula

May 23, 2022

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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Visiting Washington State Parks

May 2, 2022

Advice from a Park Ranger Like many people, I was introduced to camping through my family. We used parks for camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. So, as I was growing up, going camping at parks was a favorite …

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Spruce Railroad Trail family

COVID-19 Updates

March 14, 2022

Your resource for the latest COVID-19 updates on the Olympic Peninsula. Read below for information on planning a trip to our region, how to recreate responsibly, and restaurant, event, transportation and outdoor recreation statuses. Last updated May 2, 2022 State …

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Oysters, the Original Love Story

March 2, 2022

The interesting thing about oysters is that they are passionately regarded by many. Few “sort of like” or “kind of dislike” oysters. Instead, words like love and hate are thrown vehemently at these unassuming mollusks. Simple, yet complex, and having …

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Port Townsend’s Boatbuilding Legacy

February 1, 2022

The first thing you see when entering Port Townsend is a horizon of boats—some new, some old, some in great shape, and some needing work. You don’t have to love boats, or be a boat builder, to enjoy all the …

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Building the Olympic Discovery Trail

December 30, 2021

If you are a walker, runner, cyclist or just a general outdoor enthusiast, you don’t want to miss the chance to explore the Olympic Discovery Trail, traversing the North Olympic Peninsula from Port Townsend to the Pacific Ocean. For more …

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7 Cedars Holiday Lights

Holiday Light Displays on the Olympic Peninsula

November 30, 2021

Ever wonder who puts up all the gorgeous holiday lights we see across the Olympic Peninsula? Are they all volunteers, lighting experts or a combination of both? Curious minds want to know, so let’s go behind the scenes to look …

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A geocache box on the beach

Geocaching 101 – a guide to treasure hunting for beginners

September 13, 2021

Geocaching offers something for everyone If you’ve been longing for adventure, love technology and want to get outside for some exercise, we’ve got a solution for you. Take a road trip to the Olympic Peninsula for a treasure hunt and …

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Visit Port Townsend this Fall

August 31, 2021

Port Townsend is a picturesque seaside town situated only 60 miles away from Seattle. Located between the waters of the Puget Sound and the snow-capped peaks of the Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is one of three National Historic Seaports in …

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