Top 8 Campgrounds near Seattle

Overnight camping adventures abound in the state of Washington. Lush rainforests, rugged coastlines, and pristine alpine environments wait to be discovered, as do wild and scenic rivers and the most diverse petrified forests in the nation. With such an array of landscapes, campgrounds in Washington appeal to every outdoor interest.

However, camping grounds fill up so quick in the evergreen state especially during the beautiful summer time. You usually have to reserve the camping spot one month beforehand.

Plan your next Pacific Northwest outdoor adventure with our list of the best campgrounds in Washington state.

1. Colonial Creek South Camping Ground

Standing on top of the Thunder Creek Trail

Many easy to medium level hikes are nearby the camping ground. Standing on top of the mountains, the views below are simply gorgeous. A quick dip in the lake after a sweaty hiking trip is the cherry on top of the sundae. If hiking is not your cup of tea, simply watching sunset with your loved ones can make you appreciate life and relieve all your stress from your weekdays.

Although it is 2.5 hours drive from downtown Seattle, this camp ground still does not lose its glamour.

Reservation Link: Colonial Creek Homepage

Requirement: America is Beautiful Pass

2. Hoh Rain Forest Campground, Olympic National Park

The Hoh Rain Forest Campground offers 78 campsites to aid in multiple days of exploring this lush and inviting landscape. As of 2020, the sites converted from first-come, first-served to reservation only. No showers are available, but flushing toilets and potable water are nearby. And the real appeal of this popular campground is its proximity to iconic trailheads in the area.

From downtown Seattle, it will take 4.5 hours. Ewww… Disgusting, right? Not so fast. The scenic drive along the way and the ferry ride will make the drive so fun that you will be surprised by the time you are already there.

Reservation Link: Hoh Rain Forest Homepage

Requirement: America is Beautiful Pass

3. Cougar Rock Campground, Mount Rainier National Park

This camp site is 2.5 hours drive from downtown Seattle down south. An expansive amphitheater area at the campground offers educational programming throughout the season, and flushing toilets and potable water can be found nearby.

Reservation Link: Cougar Rock Homepage

Requirement: America is Beautiful Pass

4. Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor

Ninety miles north of Seattle, Deception Pass State Park features more than 300 campsites spread out over three locations, accommodating tent camping and RVs. The most campsites can be found at the Cranberry Lake Campground, including a collection of hiker/biker sites. Fun things to do from all the campsites include hiking the scenic trails, fresh and saltwater boating opportunities, and great tide-pooling at places like Rosario Beach. Shower houses, restrooms, and interpretive programs can also be found at Deception Pass, and with over two million visitors a year, camping reservations are recommended.

Reservation Link: Deception Pass Camping Homepage

Requirement: Washington Discover Pass

5. Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco

Over 200 campsites can be found at Cape Disappointment, catering towards tent campers and RVs, with yurts, cabins, and dedicated hiker/biker sites also available. Picnic tables and great views enhance the entire park, and other popular recreational activities include hiking, beachcombing, and exploring history at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

Reservation Link: Cape Disappointment Camping Homepage

Requirement: Washington Discover Pass

6. Kalaloch Campground, Olympic National Park

Want to camp right by the ocean? Imagine walking alongside the beach in the night where you can only hear the omnipotent pacific ocean roaring but cannot see what is coming, or imagine waking up for morning stroll as the early sun reflects off the water. If the scene enchants you, then Kalaloch is your best choice.

On the opposite side of the Olympic Peninsula from Seattle, Kalaloch is the largest campground on the rugged Olympic Coast. Open year-round and accommodating tent campers and small RVs, Kalaloch features 170 campsites all within earshot of the ocean. The sites feature walk-up access to Second Beach, and campers at Kalaloch can also reach the sterling Ruby Beach just a short drive north along the coast. Flushing toilets and potable water are available at Kalaloch, and reservations can be made ahead of any summer visit. Driving south from Seattle through Olympia, it’s just over a three-hour drive to reach the campground. With plenty to see on the Olympic Peninsula, it’s recommended to check out some of the other top campgrounds in Olympic National Park for an extended trip.

Reservation Link: Kalaloch Camping Ground Homepage

Requirement: America is Beautiful Pass

7. Lake Wenatchee State Park, Leavenworth

Showers, boat docks, and an amphitheater are popular facilities at the park, and a small camp store nearby provides last-minute supplies. For an extra adventure, the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, one of the best small towns in Washington, is only a half-hour drive from Lake Wenatchee State Park. It is great choice of camping ground during winter or summer.

Reservation Link: Lake Wenatchee State Park Camping Homepage

Requirement: Washington Discover Pass

8. Sequim Bay State Park, Sequim

Located within the Sequim rain shadow, this state park campground avoids the often-wet weather associated with the Olympic Peninsula. Typically staying dry, Sequim Bay also offers an inviting atmosphere, perfect for boating, hiking, and enjoying a meal outside. With a surplus of moorage availability and boat launches, water activities such as fishing are popular at Sequim Bay. Basketball courts, baseball fields, and horseshoe pits add to the on-land attractions, and the 120-mile Olympic Discovery Trail passes through the park on its route from Port Townsend to the Pacific Ocean. Over 60 sites are available at Sequim Bay, most catering towards tent camping, and a large rustic retreat center is also available to rent.

Reservation Link: Sequim Bay State Park Camping Homepage

Requirement: Washington Discover Pass

Is there any camping ground on our list that catches your eye? If so, book ahead so you can enjoy the beautiful nature of the PNW and have a relaxing get-away from your busy week. Give your mind a break! Give your kids a chance to build a habit of going outdoors!

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Machine Learning Scientist @FANG. Entrepreneur. Seeking new adventures

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Chong Sun

Machine Learning Scientist @FANG. Entrepreneur. Seeking new adventures