• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed

    The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.

Park Fun

Olympic National Park Fun
Here your kids will find activities to do from home or during your visit at Olympic National Park. Make a salmon hat, color an ecosystem, check out a discovery backpack, explore the discovery room and more. The park is a wonderful year-round spot for families with children to camp, hike, and explore.
 
Hurricane Ridge

Hikes:
Wildflowers of Hurricane Ridge expose their colors and beauty in the summer. Please take only pictures with you, leaving the plants as you found them so that others may enjoy. Hurricane Ridge's Hurricane Hill Trail and Hoh Rainforest's Hall of Mosses are wonderful trails for families with youngsters. Be sure to check trail conditions and the weather before you head out, prepare a hiking pack and dress accordingly. Click here for more information on day hiking. Stroller-friendly hikes include:

 
Coastal Sea Stacks

Coastal and Tidepool Exploration:
Olympic National Park includes 73 miles of rugged and natural coastline. No two miles are alike. At Rialto Beach, take long or short walks, play in nature's playground, and stay the night in family campgrounds. Kalaloch's Beach 4 and Mora's Hole in the Wall are the most popular tidepool areas in the park. Click this link to learn about tidepool tips and safety. Every year in April, visitors can spot gray whales migrating along the coast from Kalaloch and LaPush, make sure to bring your binoculars!

 
Roughskin Newt in  Hoh Rainforest

Forests:
Discover bugs, slugs and salamanders in the forest. Check with the local visitor center about ranger programs and walks, or pick up a Discovery Backpack to deepen your child's experience. Click here to learn more about the various types of forest in Olympic National Park. Looking to plan a backpacking excursion? Make sure you check in with the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) located inside the main park visitor center in Port Angeles. To learn more about planning a safe wilderness trip, click here.

Did You Know?

DYK fisher release

Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.