Weekend getaway: Bogachiel State Park

November 26, 2010 

What: Bogachiel is a remote, 123-acre forested park along the Bogachiel River on the Olympic Peninsula. It is open for camping all year. The park has a short hiking trail and offers easy access to explore the Hoh Rain Forest. The park is a popular spot for bird-watching.

When: Open daily from 8 a.m.-dusk.

Where: Six miles south of Forks

History: Established in 1931, the park was jointly managed for years by State Parks, Bogachiel Commercial Club and the Forks Chamber of Commerce. State Parks began staffing Bogachiel in 1961.

Getting there: Take U.S. 101 six miles south of Forks to the park entrance on the west side of the road.

Cost: There is no longer a fee for day use of state parks. Camping will cost $26 for a utility site or $12 for a primitive campsite.

Of note: There are six picnic tables and a mile of hiking trails as well as bird-watching and wildlife viewing (deer and eagles). No vampires have been spotted at the park. The park is on the tip of the Hoh Rain Forest, which receives as much as 160 inches of rain each year.

Information: parks.wa.gov

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