Campground: Big Creek


A map depicting trails in the Sawtooth area within the Cowlitz Valley vicinity.

Sawtooth area general map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity.  Sites include: 
Allen Mountain Trail #269
Big Creek Campground
Big Creek Trail #252

Cave Creek Trail #255
Greenwood Lake Trail #253  
High Rock Trail #266 
Osborne Mountain Trail #250
Silver Creek Trail #258 
Teeley Creek Trail #251

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Picture of Big Creek Campground

This beautiful campground set in a wooded area close to the west entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park is a great getaway for a camping trip.  

Big Creek Campground is a single-loop campground located close to the west entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park. It is also close to Glacier View Wilderness and the Sawtooth Trail system including High Rock Lookout Trail #266.  Some sites overlook Big Creek. The lush vegetation provides good privacy between sites. 

Picture of Big Creek Falls

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 9/20/2020: Closed for the season
Reservations: Reservations may be made at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
  • Camping: Single Site/$18, Double Site/$30
  • Extra Vehicle: $9
Open Season: - 09/20/2020
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Maximum vehicle length 24-40 feet.
Closest Towns: Elbe, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: 50% discount for single site camping fee with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age, or Golden Access.
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


From Ashford, Washington travel east on State Highway 706 for approximately 2.5 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 52 (Kernahan Road). Follow Forest Road 52 for 1.9 miles and arrive at the campground on your right. 

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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Tent camping
Camping trailer space length 24-40'
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