Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, Olympic National Park

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Visit , a lush, green wonderland of ferns, mosses, and trees that form a canopy covering much of the area. The temperate rainforest stretches 39 km (24 mi) along the Hoh River, and it is partially contained and protected by Olympic National Park. Explore this river valley, created by glaciers thousands of years ago, via the various trails throughout the forest. For a short hike, try the Hall of Mosses Trail, a 1.3 km (.8 mi) journey, or walk the 1.9 km (1.2 mi) Spruce Nature Trail. If you are interested in a longer adventure, take on the 27.8 km (17.3 mi) Hoh River Trail. Stop by the visitor center for more information on the trails and diverse wildlife you will have the chance to see. Campsites are available in the park, but be prepared for heavy rain depending on the time of year. Plan your visit to Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Olympic National Park trip builder website .
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  • We hiked both the hall of mosses and the Hoh River Trail. It took about a mile into the Hoh River Trail before we weren’t part of the crowd. Very cool and unlike any other part of the country. Saw lot...  more »
  • This review is for the visitor’s center and the rainforest itself. Like many national parks, it cost $30 to enter. We parked at the visitor’s center and hiked two trails. The Hall of Mosses trail is t...  more »
  • Despite the cold, fog, and rain, this is a beautiful place to visit to see giant trees and trees draped with green lichens, mosses, etc. We lucked out that the first day we were there it was sunny, th...  more »
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  • The Rangers are friendly and informative. I was able to pick up a couple of books, one on trees and one on birds. There are some neat displays and I think there was a guided talk but not sure. My family went on the trails on our own. Then went back to the campsite for dinner. At dusk we walked back and did a walk through the moss trail. It was great.
  • It’s funny, most people that live here in the Northwest don’t even realize We have a rain forest. This place is a must see. If you haven’t been to the Hoh Rain Forest, add it to your bucket list now! Very well-maintained national Park with lots of roads and trails that are well marked. Top notch friendly staff always willing to share must see points of interest. This part gets my highest recommendation to visit.
  • The rational person's version of church. Remove the obnoxiously inconsiderate overloud families screaming at each other throughout reverence inducing groves of maple and spruce elegantly draped in moss, life thriving upon life, and death, and you find yourself in the lands of unicorns and real magic. Minus the vampires and doggies, thankfully. Seriously folks. It's beautiful. Go there. And shut up.
  • The park was good but the parking was not. Cars had to park on the roadside. If you drive an RV pass this one by. There are a very limited number of spots for class C RVs which had several Van's and cars parked in them. Ironically, the Van's were from hiking groups who apparently couldn't walk the 300 yards from the roadside parking. If you get there early with a car you should have a good time. If not, its definately not worth the hassle.
  • A real "bucket list" place for me. It's a natural wonder. The huge moss covered trees are amazing. The interpretive signs along the path are very informative. There are hikes from .25 miles to 18 miles. The day we went there were a ton of people there which sort of spoils the whole "nature" thing a bit. I suspect the 18 mile trail would be more secluded.
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