Special Places

Wilderness

Buckhorn WildernessThe 1984 Washington Wilderness Act created the five wildernesses on the Olympic National Forest. Together they total 88,265 acres for 14% of the Forest.

Waterfalls on the Olympic Peninsula

Merriman Falls.Find out about some of the waterfalls you can visit on your trip to the Olympic Peninsula.

Highlighted Areas

Seal Rock Campground

This popular campground with its beautiful views of Hood Canal and the mountains to the southeast is located directly on Hood Canal. Seal Rock Campground is one of the few national forest campgrounds located on salt water with harvestable oysters for public use.


Lake Quinault Lodge

A grand and rustic lodge built in 1926 in the heart of the Quinault Rain Forest among ancient Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, western red cedar, and western hemlocks, on the south shore of Lake Quinault.

A restaurant, gift shop, indoor swimming pool, sauna, game room and small conference room are available.

View a lodge facility map(PDF File)


Interrorem Nature Trail #804

This interpretive loop trail winds through large second-growth trees growing among giant stumps of cedars (up to 9 ft. in diameter) and firs. The area provides a rainforest atmosphere with a variety of ferns and mosses. This is a wellmaintained nature trail with interpretive signs. This loop trail is easy and is an excellent hike with small children.

Take a step back in time to the early 1900's when Forest Ranger Emery Finch brought his bride to live in the Duckabush area!

View a printable recreation opportunity guide: Interrorem Nature Trail #804 (PDF)

Access: Ranger Hole Trailhead
 


Quinault Rain Forest Nature Trail #855

Dense old-growth conifer forest with lush understory of rain forest vegetation. The first 850 feet is barrier-free and accessible to individuals in wheelchairs. This trail is an excellent opportunity to view the Olympic temperate rain forest.

View a printable recreation opportunity guide: Quinalt Rain Forest Nature Trail #855 (PDF File)