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Olympic National Park


Washington State

Data & Facts, Visitor Info

Olympic National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, although some roads, campgrounds and other visitor facilities close in winter. Emergency situations including flooding, blowdowns or wildland fire may also close areas temporarily.

Map of Olympic National Park and Peninsula All park destinations can be reached by U.S. Highway 101, which circumnavigates the Olympic Peninsula.

Getting there



By ferry

The Washington State Ferry system serves a number of routes across Puget Sound, but does not provide service in or out of Port Angeles. Official Washington State Ferries Website

Ferry service is available throughout most of the year between Victoria, British Columbia and Port Angeles.

  • The Black Ball Ferry offers vehicle and passenger service throughout the year, except for a two-week winter maintenance shutdown.
  • Victoria Express operates a summer passenger-only ferry between Port Angeles and Victoria.
Please find the web links further below.

By car

From the greater Seattle area and I-5 corridor, you can reach U.S. 101 by several different routes.
  • Cross Puget Sound on one of the Washington State Ferry System's car and passenger ferries.
  • Drive south to Tacoma and cross Puget Sound at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
  • Drive south to Olympia and access U.S. 101 there.
From Victoria, British Columbia, ferry service across the Strait of Juan de Fuca provides access to Port Angeles, Washington.

Visitor Centers


In Port Angeles is the Main Visitor Center, which is open year-round. Rangers are present.  Olympic National Park is a national treasure waiting to be discovered. Whether your journey takes you to forests, mountains or coast, a good way to begin is to visit the Olympic National Park Visitor Center. The exhibits, Discovery Room, and nearby trails can help you discover why this place is so special. For longer adventures, the Wilderness Information Center (WIC), at the Visitor Center, can help you safely explore a special place in the 95 percent of the park that is designated wilderness. Clues to the park's richness are everywhere. Many people find treasure in Olympic National Park.

Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, accessible, open daily in summer, Friday through Sunday rest of year. Interpretive exhibits, educational sales items, wilderness camping permits. No food or gas. Wheelchair available for checkout.

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center has exhibits, orientation movie and restrooms year-round. The information desk is staffed in summer and weekends late December to late March. Ranger programs are offered late June to September. A gift shop with snack bar is open mid May to late September and weekends mid December to late March. In winter, the gift shop has snowshoe and ski rentals. The Hurricane Ridge Road is open 24 hours a day from mid May into October. The rest of the year it opens (weather permitting) primarily on weekends. Call 360-565-3131 for a 24-hour road and weather recording.

Ranger Stations

Ranger Stations are located at Storm King at Lake Crescent, Ozette, Kalaloch and Staicase.

Entrance Fee


Single visit (good for up to seven consecutive days at any Olympic National Park entrance fee area). Per Car: $15

Lodging, RV, Camping

Please see Accommodation, Camping: Olympic National Park

Pets

To help all visitors enjoy the park, to provide for you and your pet's safety and to protect park wildlife, please observe the following rules.

Pets are permitted only in park campgrounds, picnic areas and parking lots, along with several ocean beaches. Pets are not allowed on park trails or beaches -- except for the following three areas where leashed (up to six feet in length) pets are permitted.

  • Rialto Beach one-half mile north to Ellen Creek
  • All Kalaloch beaches (from Ruby Beach south to South Beach)
  • Peabody Creek Trail

Pets are not allowed in the park's designated wilderness, in public buildings or in boats on park rivers. Pets must be on a leash (up to six feet long) at all times. Do not leave your pet unattended. Clean up after your pet. Pets are allowed in campgrounds, but must be kept on a leash or in a kennel at all times.

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MAP

 
GPS Coordinates

1 -- Fork, Washington State
Decimal Lat: 47.950106 / Lon: -124.385422
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2 -- Port Angeles, Washington State
Decimal Lat: 48.118751 / Lon: -123.43134
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3 -- Kalaloch, Olympic National Park
Decimal Lat: 47.612883 / Lon: -124.374499
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4 -- Hoh Head, Olympic National Park
Decimal Lat: 47.767873 / Lon: -124.479196
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5 -- Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park
Decimal Lat: 47.70743 / Lon: -124.413911
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6 -- Seattle - Bainbridge Island Fähre
Decimal Lat: 47.601684 / Lon: -122.336805
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7 -- Bainbridge Island Fähre
Decimal Lat: 47.622673 / Lon: -122.510424
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Last modified: 20080901
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