Bogachiel State Park
Hours and Cost: Open Year Round!
Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
Summer: 8 a.m. to dusk.
Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.
Tent Spaces- 36
RV Spaces- 6 with water and electricity
1 dump Station, 2 restrooms, and 2 showers
Primitive Shelter- 1
Quiet hours: 10pm to 6:30am
Bogachiel State Park isn’t near much. In fact, it is one of the quietest places in America! (Link) Isolated in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains, pounded by feet of rain, this state park doesn’t sound too great to most. In fact, many of you may have already lost interest, but you would be missing out if you stopped reading. Bogachiel State Park is THE state park to stay in if you want to experience the rain forest. Located just 6 miles South of Forks, Washington, which is famous for logging and being the setting for teeny bopper vampire books, this area will become a favorite for your entire family.
The campground, shrouded in more greens that the human eye can pick up, is home to the quintessential rain forest experience. Averaging nearly 10 feet of rain a year, one would thing that Bogachiel State Park would be washed down stream, too wet and mucky to be of any enjoyment. That is the exact opposite of the truth. This state park is camping in the Pacific Northwest. It is experiencing the environment for what it truly is. At Bogachiel State Park, the mythical land where trees as wide as a car and animals walk 10 feet from you and vanish into the ferns and trees, your senses heighten and life becomes amazing.
It might be all the oxygen from so many plants, but out here, you don’t need to be bit from a vampire to feel like you will live forever. This state park, with over a mile of trails, numerous common animals and majestic trees, is where you want to camp in the spring, summer and fall. I’d avoid it in the winter, thanks to the rain, but for a truly remote setting, a mid winter camping trip out to the Olympic peninsula would be serene. Plus, Bogachiel State Park is just a short drive to America’s rain forest, Shi Shi beach and many more amazing places. Stay here, and you won’t have to choose between Edward and Jacob, because those are fake people and the Olympic Peninsula forests are real and waiting for you.
Go to this peak and climb it- http://www.summitpost.org/bogachiel-peak/218012
This is one of the quietest places in America- http://exotichikes.com/the-silence-of-the-trees-olympic-peninsula-edition/
Hoh Rainforest- http://exotichikes.com/the-hoh-truth/
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