Olympic beach (GIF 320x240 57k) (JPEG 640x480 38k)

Waves on the shore (GIF 320x240 57k) (JPEG 640x480 45k)

Our slimy friend (GIF 320x240 65k) (JPEG 640x480 36k)

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is located in the north-west corner of Washington, USA. It includes a diverse array of terrain types including mountains, Pacific coast and rainforest.

Favourite Campground: Bogachiel State Park - although not right on the beach, this campground offers large, private sites, showers and is centrally located so most of the attractions are a short drive.

Location: approximately 11 km south of Forks on US 101.

Size: 41 sites, 118 acres

Favourite Activities: There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails at Olympic through various terrains, including many boardwalks through the rainforest which is home to the largest Douglas Fir in the world. The water is usually a bit too cold for swimming, but you can certainly walk in it or try some fishing. There are several beach access points - these points can get a bit crowded, but if you are willing to take a 10-minute walk down the beach, you can find a nice, secluded area to read a sci-fi novel or simply look out into the ocean and unwind. There are, of course, several US National Parks visitor's centres with plenty of information.

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