PACIFIC BEACH STATE PARK
From Olympia toward Highway 101, but instead of following it North, continue along State Route 8/ Olympic Highway. Head toward Aberdeen and Hoquiam. Follow signs to Ocean Beaches (Continue onto East Wishkah Street. Turn Right on South Alder St. Slight left onto Sumner Ave. Continue onto Riverside Ave. Turn right onto Levee Street) Turn left on Highway 109 North/Emerson Ave for 18 miles. Turn right on 2nd Ave. Slight left onto Washington 109 n/Lone Tree Dr for 3 miles. Keep left at fork and go 8 miles. Turn left on Main Street. Take first left on 4th St S. Turn right on Beach Ave.
HOURS AND COST
Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
Summer: 6am to dusk
Winter: 8am to dusk
Open Year Round!
Tent Sites: 22 Sites
Rv Sites: 42 Sites
One Dump Station, 2 Restrooms, 6 showers
• 26 sites are on the waterfront, but are unshaded.
Check-in: 2:30 pm
Check-out: 1 pm
Quiet hours: 10pm to 6:30am
The Washington Coast isn’t known for being hospitable. From rugged beaches to wet, nasty conditions, the image of the beaches of the Evergreen State are pretty negative. Sure, they look pretty, but every year, thousands of people choose the mediocre Oregon coast over something closer and better. This area has history, is remote, yet close enough to make it a day trip or a weekend camping trip and above all, a family friendly place, perfect for dogs, toddlers and high maintenance campers. Don’t be fooled though, this place isn’t glamorous, but that is why Pacific Beach State Park is unique.
Pacific Beach and the area surrounding it, known as North Beach, have an amazing history (Link: http://www.moclips.org/regions/pb/pb.php ). Not only does it have a feeling like it hasn’t changed in 100 years, but Pacific Beach is also home to some of the best beach camping in the state. With numerous sites right along the beach, including some with a personal trail right to the waves, good memories abound in this beach park.
The city of Pacific Beach isn’t much. With a small burger shack, a few tourist stores and a rarely used military area, this is a typical city in Grays Harbor. It has seen better days, but with new developments of housing, rental cottages (Link: http://www.seabrookcottagerentals.com/ ) and a nearby casino (http://www.quinaultbeachresort.com/) toward Ocean Shores, this area is getting back on its feet.
While talking to a friend from the South about Pacific Beach State Park, he brought up the fact that he can take his small children here, allow them to lay of the beach for hours, shower them off and enjoy a nice bonfire while you watch the sunset over what feels like your own private beach. Pacific Beach State Park is a fantastic place to start your camping career, a great getaway with your significant other, or a great place to camp, relax and listen to nature and the crashing of waves.
– Pacific Beach used to be a large town, with tourism and logging its two biggest industries. A huge storm ruined the boardwalk, railway and hotels in the city in the early 1900s and the city never recovered. Link: http://www.moclips.org/regions/pb/pb.php
– This is the first beach on the Washington Coast that I experienced
– You can clam, fish and beachcomb here with great results
– Nearby Hikes and getaways include:
o Pony Bridge: http://exotichikes.com/the-land-of-enchantment/
o Damon Point: http://exotichikes.com/snowy-owls-in-ocean-shores-3-reasons-to-bird-with-exotic-hikes/
o The Hoh Rain Forest: http://exotichikes.com/the-hoh-truth/
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