Bogachiel State Park

An hour from the top of the US mainland, on the cool, green Olympic Peninsula, you’ll find Bogachiel State Park. Set in a lush rainforest on the Bogachiel River, the park known to locals as “Bogie” is the perfect base for Olympic Peninsula exploration.

Curtains of moss

The Hoh Rainforest is one of the world’s iconic forests. Known for its vibrant greens, curtains of moss and old-growth canopy, this magical piece of Olympic National Park is 45 minutes from Bogachiel. Spend a day among the ferns and mushrooms, stroll the mighty Hoh River, give elk herds the right of way and hope for Olympic mountain views.

Rugged coastline

Also 45 minutes away, Pacific Ocean beaches entice explorers. Check out the rock pillars at Ruby Beach, and nose around the tide pools on Rialto, Beach 2 and Beach 4. Enjoy dinner at the oceanfront Kalaloch National Park Lodge or in Forks, where you can pick up “Twilight” souvenirs for the vampire fan in your family.

Rich heritage

Unless you are road tripping around the peninsula, the farthest reach from your Bogachiel hub involves an hour-long drive to Neah Bay at the northwestern tip of the U.S. mainland. Take a family-friendly hike to Cape Flattery for views of the wild shoreline, Tatoosh Island and British Columbia across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Stop at the Makah History Museum for to learn about the Native people who have lived here for thousands of years, who continue to share their rich cultural traditions.

Road trip!

The northwestern Olympic Peninsula is a 4-hour drive from Seattle, no matter which way you go, and longer from central and eastern Washington.

If you’re going by ferry from Seattle or Whidbey Island, don’t miss a side trip to Port Townsend and Fort Worden State Park, or stops at Hurricane Ridge, Crescent Lake and Sol Duc Hot Springs.

Coming from the south, stop for lunch in the town of Montesano. (Have a picnic at Lake Sylvia State Park.) Take a side trip to Lake Quinault, and hit the beaches on the way to Bogie.

Back at Bogie

Arriving at (or back at) Bogachiel, take a leisurely walk in the forest, or a 20-minute drive to the start of a long, flat hike on the Bogachiel River trail.