Campground: Sunset Falls Campground and Day Use
A great place for a picnic, hike or just relaxing at the falls. Sunset Falls Campground/Day Use Area is located on the western edge of the forest, on the Lewis River. Visitors enjoy scenic views of the river and a waterfall with other recreation opportunities within a short hike on Sunset falls Trail #174.
The falls are on the East Fork Lewis River at an elevation of 1,000 feet. The campground road and trail path to the falls are paved and shaded by large evergreen trees. There are several hiking trails in the vicinity, including the Silver Star Trail which offers excellent views. The area is also popular with kayakers that visit the East Fork Lewis River.
Fishing is available at nearby Zigzag Lake or Canyon Creek. The East Fork Lewis is open to angling below Horseshoe Falls.
There are day use picnic spots and leashed pets are allowed. This site is operated year-round by concessionaire.
View a Sunset Falls Campground map (.pdf).
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||06/08/2023: Campground is open year-round. During the off-season all sites are available on a first come, first serve basis. During the season May 26-Sept. 10, sixty percent of the sites are available by reservation only. Reserve online at Recreation.gov. For more information contact ExplorUS at 661-702-1420.|
|Reservations:||Reservations for peak season at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777|
|Area Amenities:||Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking|
|Closest Towns:||Yacolt, WA|
|Restroom:||Vault Toilet (1)|
|Passes:||50% discount for single site camping fee with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age, or Golden Access.|
|Operated By:||Campground: Concessionaire; Day Use: Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Administrative Headquarters (360) 449-7800.|
From Vancouver, WA travel north on I-5 and take exit 9 WA 502 for Battle Ground. Go about 7 miles and turn left on WA 503 and head north for about 5.5 miles. Turn right onto NE Rock Creek Road, which will turn into NE 152nd Ave and then a slight left onto NE Lucia Falls Rd for about 7 miles. Then turn right onto NE Sunset Falls Road, travel for about 7 miles and the falls will be on your right.
This site offers a paved trail from the parking area to the falls viewing platform. The area is flat and has other accessible areas to experience the river and the surrounding forest.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
|No. of Sites||18 single site(s)|
|Reservation Info||Reservable. Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777|
|No. of Accessible sites||None|
Paved level sites. Easy RV parking.
|Reservation Info||Reservable Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777|
|Pavement Type for Parking||Asphalt|
|Hookup - Water||No|
|Hookup - Sewer||No|
|Hookups - Electric||No|
Day HikingAn accessible short trail to falls.