Special Places

Wilderness areas

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. View information about wilderness locations, trails and what restrictions apply.


Accessible Nature Trails at Olympic National Forest

Pioneers Path Trail-universal access.bmpGraphic - universal access symbol.Nature trails at Olympic National Forest are short trails, usually less than one mile in length, that have signs interpreting unique resources, features and history of the Olympic National Forest. Many nature trails at Olympic National Forest have easy to moderate grades that make them highly accessible.


Accessible Recreation Opportunities throughout Oregon & Washington

Check out this mobile friendly map of recreation opportunities in the Pacific Northwest, many of which are highly accessible. 

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.

41 tent/RV sites are spaced among the trees with several along the waterfront. There are 3 paved accessible units and facilities that accommodate wheelchairs. The lengths of sites vary, with those along Hood Canal capable of handling the larger motorhomes and trailers. There are no hookups.

There is also a day use area within the campground that offers two accessible interpretive trails.

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 well maintained accessible nature trail with interpretive signs. This loop trail is easy and is an excellent hike with small children.

For an extended, and slightly more difficult hike, take the adjacent Ranger Hole Trail #824 down to the Duckabush River. Be careful as the trail ends abruptly above the rusihing water.

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)

Quinault Rain Forest Nature Trail #855

This heavily used 1/2 mile interpretive trail provides an excellent opportunity to view the temperate rainforest. Overlooking Willaby Gorge, the trail follows Willaby Creek, a typical rainforest stream. Experience stands of ancient large trees and view intepretive signs along the trail that describe aspects of oldgrowth forest ecology. 

The trail is compacted gravel and first 850 feet is accessible to individuals in wheelchairs. 

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