Urns Through Time


North_Fork Campground

Directions: From Aberdeen, drive north on U.S. 101 for 38 miles to Quinault and the North Quinault Valley Road. Turn right on the North Shore Road and drive for 19 miles to the entrance of North Fork Campground. Olympic National Park, (360) 565 3130.

North Fork Campground is snugged into the woodland along the shore of the North Fork of the Quinault River at an elevation of 520 feet. You can spend hours exploring the broad expanse of rounded river rock making up the banks and the sandy channels of the river here. This is the smallest of the Olympic National Park's 16 campgrounds with 9 primitive first-come, first-served campsites. Accessed via a dirt road through dense forest, RV's and trailers are not recommended. This is a place to enjoy the temperate rain forest in tranquility. Open year round, bring your own drinking water, pit toilets are available.

The North Fork Quinault River Ranger Station and Trailhead are located about half a mile up the road. From here 16 miles of trail could take you along a wild river through forest of Sitka spruce, western hemlocks and corridors of mossy maples. The first couple of miles of the North Fork Quinault River Trail were once a road that proved too difficult to maintain in the wet and wild winters of the Olympic rain forest, this provides an easy and enjoyable hike to a wide riverbank picnicking spot known at Wolf Bar. Other hikes include Irely Lake and Big Creek. Information is available at the Ranger Station.