The Scenic Washington Road Trip That Leads To Some Of The Best Hiking, Camping, And More
In Washington, both the hiking and camping opportunities are abundant. If you’d rather hit the trail than the treadmill and prefer to sleep under the stars, this is definitely the state for you. There’s a reason they call it “PNWonderland.” You’ll find hiking trails and campgrounds in every corner of our state, and you can enjoy everything from a treacherous mountain climb to a peaceful seaside stroll. This camping and hiking road trip takes you to two of our most highly rated campground in Washington, which just happen to be surrounded by breathtaking trails.
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What are the best parks for camping in Washington?
There's nothing quite as amazing as camping in Washington. Our state is home to some of the most incredible natural beauty and scenery in the country, and you can quite literally immerse yourself in it at these campgrounds in Washington:
- Fort Flager Park. One of our picks for the best campgrounds in Washington is Fort Flagler Park. You'll admire panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains at this camping park, enclosed on three sides by saltwater shoreline. The park has 59 standard campsites, 55 hook-up spaces, two primitive sites, one Cascadia Marine Trail site, a dump station, and two restrooms.
- Cougar Campground. Stay at one of the 45 tent-only sites at Cougar Campground for the trip of your life! Reservations are required, which you can apply for online, but at least you can be satisfied knowing you've secured your spot. Some of the amenities at this location include picnic tables & a swimming beach for a cozy summer camping trip!
- Deception Pass Campground. The notoriously wonderful Deception Pass Park reliably serves as a perfect site for experiencing all that our Northwest has to offer. You can walk along the saltwater shoreline or simply kick back and enjoy the dynamic views or unique wildlife (with over 174 varieties of birds)! It's also larger, so you're guaranteed to score a spot - sporting 167 tent sites, 143 utility spaces, five hiker/biker sites, two dump stations, 20 restrooms, and even 10 showers -- what a luxury!
- Lena Lake. There are 20+ sites that have been noted here by Lena Lake, all pretty spacious & comfortably secluded in the surrounding Evergreen environment. You can also utilize the fire rings and tables, but you'll probably want to bring your own water from home!
- Upper Wildcat Lake. You won't be able to get enough pictures of Upper Wildcat Lake here in the Snoqualmie Region, which serves as a great site for fishing as well. There are only four campsites - one big enough for three tents right at the trail ending point, and three that are less than a half-mile around the lake, so you may want to come early because they'll fill up fast!
- Ohanapecosh Campground. Grab your tent, flashlight and friends and head out here to the southeast side of Mount Rainier National Park! You'll feel completely calm while surrounded by old growth forest at one of their 188 individual spots. Ohanapecosh is thought to be a Taidnapam Indian word for "standing on the edge" of the Ohanapecosh River, which is another gorgeous feature you'll be able to admire at this campsite.