Weekend getaway: TWANOH STATE PARK

December 24, 2010 

What: Twanoh is a 182-acre marine state park with 3,167 feet of shoreline on Hood Canal. Washington State Parks' website boasts that this is one of the warmest saltwater beaches in Washington, but you probably won't notice the warmth this time of year. Twanoh is a good place for watching wildlife, walking on the beach, playing volleyball or taking a short hike on the 21/2 miles of trails. The park is open for camping all year.

When: Open for day use from 8 a.m.-dusk.

Where: Eight miles west of Belfair.

Getting there: From Bremerton take state Route 3 to Belfair, then state Route 106 to the park. From U.S. 101, take state route 106 to the park.

Cost: No charge for day use but camping fees range from $12-$26 per night.

History: The park’s name comes from the Twana tribe, better known for their Skokomish tribe, according the park website. “Twanoh” is an American Indian word meaning “gathering place.” Twanoh was a private resort before it became a state park.

Of note: Twanoh is a popular boating park with one ramp, 100 feet of dock and 200 feet of moorage. The park has one badminton area, 20 fire circles and a horseshoe pit. The picnic facilities includes two kitchen shelters, one with 150-person capacity and the other with 40-person capacity. There are 125 unsheltered picnic tables.

Information: Parks.wa.gov

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