• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    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.

  • Hurricane Ridge Road Closed to Vehicles Sunday 8/3 (6:00a - noon)

    Due to the "Ride the Hurricane" bicycle event, the road to Hurricane Ridge will be closed above the Heart o' the Hills entrance station from 6:00a to noon on Sunday August 3rd.

  • 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 »

Traffic & Travel Tips

Despite its isolation, the Olympic Peninsula becomes a busy place in summer. We recommend planning ahead and leaving plenty of extra time to safely reach your destination. Below are some additional tips.

  • Highway 101 is the only access route to the Olympic Peninsula and is a two-lane highway for most of its length. In many areas, passing other vehicles is not possible. Patience and allowing extra time to reach your destination will make your trip safer and more fun!

  • If possible, plan to visit during the week, rather than Friday through Sunday.

  • Make lodging reservations early.

  • Park campgrounds are available first come, first served except for Kalaloch campground, which may be reserved for summer camping.

  • Winter brings its own special beauty, and travel challenges. Allow extra time and be sure to check your tires and the weather forecast before travelling.

  • Check the Washington Department of Transportation website for safety and traffic alerts on U.S. Highway 101.
 

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.