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“An Unkempt Parking Lot, not a Campground” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Sol Duc Campground

Sol Duc Campground
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Sol Duc Campground
600 E Park Ave, Olympic National Park, WA   |  
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“An Unkempt Parking Lot, not a Campground”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

16 "reach out and touch" your neighbors' campers parking spots; 8 each side of the gravel lot. No sewer hookup; electric and water only. Stayed 3 nights. Glimpsed camp "host" once - leaving - no host was in attendance during our stay. Tents set up despite the No Tents sign was the least bothersome. Worst: two Aramark resort employees live in a plywood-over-some windows, dilapidated motor home in one of the sites; routinely left their two dogs unattended for hours on end; the dogs barked and howled constantly, until 2 am the 3 nights we were there. First night we were next door, even though we had asked at the lodge desk to move and were told that was impossible as all spaces were reserved and only appeared open due to "late arrivals". The next morning, with 4 open spaces remaining at the farthest opposite end from the noise, we insisted and were very specific about the reason we needed to move. Our next 2 nights were far enough away from the dogs' ruckus that we slept, but we heard plenty from the immediate neighbors, each would stay a night adjacent and end up leaving or moving.
Trash and recycling was filling up when we arrived on Wed., overflowing by Friday (this with warnings about not attracting wildlife, especially bears, posted on each picnic table); management at desk said, well, someone will come by tomorrow (Saturday). Family left their fire ring, picnic table, and the ground in between strewn with food, food wrapping, cans, and bottles and two days later, it was still there, minus what the wildlife had picked apart, when we left. No evidence of any attention from management nor absentee host.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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Olympia, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

Very nice campground, very quiet, beautiful trees and very nice hiking, but it would be nice to have a shower. The shower at the hot springs is a community shower.
The hot springs smell like rotten eggs, but it was great soaking in the hot pools and then get into the cold pool for swimming. The kids loved it.
The only bad thing was the mosquitos this year. They ate us alive. We had spray, but they were hovering in masses over us all the time. The lady next to us spend most of her time in her car. In fact, we left after 2 days and camped by the ocean to get away from the blood suckers.

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Campbell River, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

This is our fav place to go every year maybe even twice a year.. beautiful serene and quiet.. we come down from canada to soak in the hot pools and meet such wondeful people

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2009

Just to take note - there are no reservations at this camground. If you want to get a site, arrive early in the day before 2pm or else on busy weekends the campground will be full. We arrived by noon and were able to get the last 2 sites next to each other. We had a family group of 16 people including 4 children under the age of 10yrs old. Loop A has some sites right next to the river and they are very nice. If you get the middle of the loop then the kids will have plenty of forest to explore in without getting in trouble and we didn't worry at all about them wandering too far away because we were always in view of them. They had a blast. The campground was very clean and it does have a bathroom with 2 stalls and a sink. No showers. There is showers over at the Hot Springs though - although not very clean.
Overall, we had a pleasant experience. It is a beautiful place with gorgeous scenery. Hike up to the falls and you'll have a nice hike of 4miles and a nice view once you get there.
There is bear warnings in the campground so just keep your food shut in your vehicle and pick up after yourselves after each meal and you'll be fine.

The only thing I'll complain about is the camp host - he was not very friendly when we first got there telling us over and over we cannot reserve sites when clearly with 6 of us there already we were not reserving sites but merely setting up our tents first before registering so no one else would take those sites. After we registered and payed we didn't hear anything else from him even though we were 3 sites from him and making lots of noise till 2am!

oh, and this campground does not charge for extra vehicles!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, WA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2009

We have camped at this campground many times. Always we have slept in the van and gone to the hot pools and gone hiking during the day and to the one restaurant in the evening. If you are addicted to quiet, it is probably one of the quietest places left on earth as it is at the end of a long, well paved 13 mile road. Some people find it serene while others find it claustrophobic. We find it serene. As to the cabins, they are small but seem adequate. Do not expect perfect weather though as it often rains.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2005

Even on the coldest, wetest day of the year Sol Duc is the place to be. Oblivious of your surroundings when you're in the pools. Last time I was there it was a torrential downpour but it didn't matter.

  • Stayed April 2002
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2004

As with most campgrounds, some spots are nicer than others. We like to tent camp and enjoy finding some privacy. If you look, there are a few great spots here. Over the years we've stayed at many locations in this campground. Surrounded by mammoth old growth trees, you feel like an elf in a wonderland. Our children always loved it, and we went every year when they were growing up. Now my husband and I go by ourselves to enjoy the quiet magic there. You will need to consider how you plan to deal with the rain. Once in a downpour we only just managed to get our tent out of the way of a flood gushing from the asphalt parking area above us. Once we arrived in a monsoon and had a hard, wet time trying to tarp our sites. Its a nice hike from the campground to the Hot Springs for a soak or dinner, and a longer but rewarding hike along the Sol Duc river to the spectacular falls. You can hike, soak, have a massage and a great dinner. Life is good. I can't imagine why you would stay in the sad little cabins at the Resort, unless you'd grown to frail to camp.

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Address: 600 E Park Ave, Olympic National Park, WA
Location: United States > Washington > Olympic National Park
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Ranked #10 of 15 Specialty lodging in Olympic National Park
Also Known As:
Sol Duc Campground Hotel Olympic National Park

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