Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park

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Ruby Beach is the northernmost of the southern beaches in the coastal section of Olympic National Park in the U.S. state of Washington. It is located on Highway 101, in Jefferson County, south of the town of Forks.Like virtually all beaches on the northern coast, Ruby Beach has a tremendous amount of driftwood. It is notable for the number of sea stacks there.The beach is so called because of the ruby-like crystals in the beach sand.
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  • Stunning driftwood array which you have to scramble with over to reach the beach...on the return we discovered a kind person had left rick cairns to guide us...Cody the dog navigated well but in place...  more »
  • The beach is accessed by descending a hill and stairs. Then you must climb over quite a number of huge driftwood logs. It was high tide and very crowded when we visited. It appeared to be a beautiful ...  more »
  • A beautiful beach, though I think we liked Rialto and Second Beaches better. Ruby Beach and its parking lot were fairly crowded when we arrived at midday, likely because of its easy access right off H...  more »

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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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