• Olympic: Three Parks in One


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  • Work Scheduled for East Beach Road at Lake Crescent Starting July 10

    East Beach Road will be reduced to one-lane of traffic through work zones and delays of up to 15 minutes should be expected. Work will occur weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. through mid-July, weather permitting.

  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry for three weeks beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

Birdwatching in Olympic

Red-breasted sapsucker on a tree

Red-breasted sapsucker

Ken and Mary Campbell

Over 250 species of birds use the extensive and diverse habitats of Olympic National Park and the adjoining coastal waters. In the mountain meadows, you may see blue grouse, woodpeckers, gray jays, and many more. Along the coast, bald eagles, rhinoceros auklets, western gulls, and a number of other coastal birds can be spotted feeding, or nesting in offshore trees.

Some of the particularly prevalent birds include the American crow, common raven, varied thrush, winter wren, Steller's jay, gray jay, ruffed grouse, blue grouse, belted kingfisher, and a variety of warblers, woodpeckers, kinglets, and sparrows.

Check out the photo gallery of birds in Olympic National Park.

Did You Know?

star-shaped purple flowers growing in a crack of a rock

That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.