• Olympic: Three Parks in One


    National Park Washington

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  • 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 beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5

    Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Rabies

    Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »


All park destinations can be accessed by U.S. Highway 101, which circumnavigates the Olympic Peninsula.

Olympic Peninsula
Map of Olympic National Park and Olympic Peninsula region

Traveling by Car

From the greater Seattle area and I-5 corridor, you can reach the park by several different routes:

  • Cross Puget Sound on one of the Washington State Ferries. Access U.S. 101 from Port Townsend (State Route 20), Kingston (State Route 104), or Bainbridge Island (State Routes 305 & 104). Be aware that State Route 104 crosses the Hood Canal Bridge which closes periodically for boat traffic.
  • From Tacoma (I-5), take State Route 16 to Bremerton; take State Route 3 north from Bremerton to State Route 104; be aware that State Route 104 crosses the Hood Canal Bridge which closes periodically for boat traffic.
  • Access U.S. 101 at Olympia (via I-5)

You may also access the park by following U.S. 101 north from Aberdeen, via the Washington/Oregon coast or U.S. 12 west from I-5.


Traveling by Ferry
The Washington State Ferry system has a number of routes which access the Olympic Peninsula across Puget Sound.

A commercial ferry runs between Port Angeles and Victoria, BC.


Traveling by Air

Port Angeles' William R. Fairchild International Airport is the closest airport to Olympic National Park. Seattle, Tacoma, and the greater Puget Sound region are served by Sea-Tac Airport.

Did You Know?

closeup of cow elk face

Olympic National Park protects the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world. Olympic was almost named "Elk National Park" and was established in part to protect these stately animals.