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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  • Great place to walk amongst the Sitka Spruce and take in the tranquillity of this natural forest. Trails are well marked and there are plenty of picnic benches to relax.  more »
  • We spent an afternoon here doing some of the loop walks with our children. It's such an amazing place. We took loads of photographs, but they don't really do it justice. Whilst we were there we saw a ...  more »
  • I saw and article that said the Hoh Rain Forest was one of Seven Wonders of Washington - well, it truly fits! Matter of fact, this gem ranks high amongst all the wonders of the US! The biodiversity pr...  more »
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  • What an incredible place! You feel like you're in another world....so much green. The only rain forest in the United States. We have gone twice and can't wait to go back! If you live within 5 hours then you absolutely have to go there!
  • We visited Hoh rain forest for the July long weekend. Truly amazing!! God given gift is nature. Folks in the visitor center were so good and helped us by providing suggestions for the trail. Perfect weather, ample car parking, beautiful scenic drive. Will visit again.
  • Amazing place. Looks like a prehistoric jungle. Great hiking trails for any level of hiker. A must visit!!
  • We went there and were amazed at the moss and the trees. The experience we had that day is unparalleled in recent memory. The facilities and interpretive centers were well thought out and positioned in the landscape to blend.
  • Great place. Well maintained. Highly recommend for everyone to visit at least once.

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Where to stay in Olympic National Park

Many visitors to Olympic National Park choose to pitch a tent at one of 16 campgrounds, many of which stay open throughout the year. The park also offers a mix of lodge rooms, motel rooms, and cabins thanks to two lodges and two resorts. On the Pacific Coast, the Kalaloch Lodge stands as the most isolated of these. If you prefer to rest your head outside the park, consider staying in Port Townsend. This artsy waterside community northeast of the park offers plenty of inns and bed and breakfasts, but they fill up quickly in summer, so reserve ahead if possible. Port Angeles sits a bit closer to the park and offers more functional accommodations in the form of motels and hotels, though you'll also find waterfront inns and cottages in the area. Communities on the park's western side offer a rustic vibe, but they also take more time to get to if you're coming from Seattle.
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