Best Places for Camping in Washington State
Moran State Park in the San Juan Islands
- Orcas Island, San Juan Islands
- Open year round
Moran State Park is on a fabulous lake in the middle of Orcas Island and it has a great children’s play area. No, you don’t have to take kids to any of these places. You’ll have just as much fun if you’re with adults.
There are two easy hikes at Moran State Park: Lake Cascade Trail and Mountain Lake Loop. Or, you can take a drive to the top of Mount Constitution and gaze out over the ocean, the Olympics, Mt Baker, the other emerald islands, and over into Canada.
This may be the best of all Washington campgrounds for kids – and kids at heart.
Fort Flagler State Park
- Hadlock WA
- Olympic Peninsula
- Camping May - October
Camping sites are either down by the beach or up in the forest. Everyone will have a blast exploring the old gun batteries and bunkers, so bring flashlights. There are guided tours and a small museum here. Fort Flagler has lots of trails and kids' bikes are allowed on them.
Lincoln Rock State Park
- Near Wenatchee
- Eastern Washington
- Open March - mid October
This 80-acre park is on Lake Entiat, which was created when the Columbia River was dammed. Lincoln Rock is a great place for swimming and waterskiing. Rafting is nearby. Rentals include campsites, yurts, or platform tents. So, go dry out in the sunshine of Eastern Washington.
Washington State Parks
Here's the website for camping at Washington State Parks. This site allows you to pick out your exact campsite, but it's a bit confusing if you're looking for an RV or trailer campsite. I would call them. Reservations should be made as soon as possible. (You can rent a tent at REI or you can rent an RV or trailer somewhere near Seattle.)
Camping trips are affordable family vacations. Mount Rainier, Moran State Park, Fort Flagler and Lincoln Rock Park are all in our big backyard. So, rent a tent and some sleeping bags; then pack the car with hot dogs, marshmallows, and some kids… or not.
Some people like the idea of camping, but not the idea of sleeping on cold ground and hard rocks. Another option is to rent a cabin at Mount Rainier. You can still make S’mores or roast hot dogs around a campfire by visiting Ohanapecosh, Cougar Rock, or White River Campgrounds at mealtime.
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