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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  • Probably the greenest place I've ever seen in my entire life, yes simultaneously the most colorful, with so many shades of green. Insanely peaceful and relaxing hike. Take in the trees and mosses and....  more »
  • We did the Spruce trail. it was quiet. A bit longer than some of the others closer to the visitors center and MUCH quieter - no screaming children. It was a fascinating trail with beautiful trees....  more »
  • The most unique were the decaying nursing trees from which new trees sprung. Also many trees seem to be standing on their roots. The Spruce Nature Trail, though longer at 1.2 miles, was actually the.....  more »
  • Olympic National Park is spectacular. We drove in to Hoh Rain Forest to see another aspect of the park. It is stunning. You can choose from several trails - we picked the 3/4 mile Mosses trail and it was a perfect example. Amazing enormous trees covered in moss. Streams and interesting views everywhere.
  • The Hoh is beautiful, the visitor center is not. This is a must hike for every backpack enthusiast! All the way to Olympus if you're able! Go in June for wildflowers and wildlife. Take bear cans as there are some big black bear out here. My last trip, we saw a 350+ pounder.
  • Amazing place to go forks is only a few miles down the road. You can rent a place there and travel to this amazing forest in a very short amount of time. We went to the hall of mosses it is a very easy trail I saw an elderly woman with a cane on the trail. Only one hill that is a little bit hard for seniors and disabled but not too bad. Less than a mile loop for that trail. They have easier and harder trails all over so pick your level and get out in that enchanting forest and enjoy some nature.
  • This was a spontaneous stop we hadn't planned on in our vacation road trip but am I SOOOO glad we did! The hall of mosses was magical, like a fairy forest or prehistoric era or an alien planet. We hiked that and the spruce trail, both were beautiful, had lots of opportunities for great photos and were easy to hike. This is a must stop on the peninsula and I can't wait to explore further!!!
  • Gorgeous, awesome, beautiful. We walked on the Spruce trail with a National park service guide. It was very informative. After a short lunch we went on the Hall of Mosses trail. Pictures do not do this justice as it is hard to show these enormous trees, or to hear the streams rippling, or feel the forest envelope you as you enter the trails. A wonderful day

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