Seal Rock Interpretive Trail Sites


Seal Rock Campground Map.

Seal Rock Campground and Interpretive Trail Map.

Area Status: Open
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Boardwalk trail along water at Seal Rock

The interpretive Native American Nature Trail and Tideland Ecology Nature Trail begin within Seal Rock Campground day use area and are both accessible. Seasonal access: When the campground is closed in winter, the parking area is gated off about a 1000 feet from trailhead parking.

Native American Trail is forested trail within Seal Rock Campground along the Hood Canal. Grades on the trail range from 1% to 8.5% and the .15 mile trail completes a loop. The trail surface is asphalt which can be uneven with a cross slope ranging from 0% to 5% due to “root bumps” where subsurface tree roots create bumps in the asphalt. The trail is primarily over 36 inches wide, with a one foot section at 32 inches caused by erosion on the trail upslope. There are multiple pull-off areas available that include interpretive panels that display Native American History on Hood Canal!

The Tideland Ecology Trail offers great views of the Hood Canal and prevalent bird watching and marine wildlife viewing. Trail grades range from 0% to 8% but is primarily 0-5% and the .32 mile trail is one way (not a loop). When the trail surface begins it is asphalt and it turns to boardwalk towards to canal, the cross slope is typically 0-2%. Tideland Trail is 36 inches wide, or more, for the entire portion. There are multiple pull-off areas available that include interpretive panels that give information about the tideland ecology on Hood Canal.

Facilities: The Seal Rock day use area offers an accessible vault toilet, water and a picnic area. Accessible flush toilets are available within the campground during the open season.

* The trails are open but construction is ongoing at the campground.  Vehicles blocking the gate to the campground will be towed. 

At a Glance

Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Quilcene, WA
Water: Potable water is available in Seal Rock Campground when open
Restroom: Vault toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene Office

General Information


From Brinnon, WA travel north on US Highway 101 for 2 miles to Seal Rock Campground, approximately 7 miles south of Falls View. The trailheads both leave out of the day use parking area.


Accessible vault toilets are available with ramps. Both nearby accessible trails are paved. Some people may require assistance. Seal Rock Boardwalk is mostly level.

Seal Rock Campground has two accessible trails including one along this baordwalk

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