We are tent campers, we are hikers, we are motorcycle travelers, and we love Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Every national forest camp ground we have stayed in within GPNF has been well-kept and really well-laid out (such that campers aren't on top of each other). Many of the sites have camp hosts. The camp site at Lower Falls is our favorite, by far. GPNF has got paved roads, gravel roads, and dirt roads for a variety of skill levels on a motorcycle (and from the number of bicyclists we've seen, they love it too), it's a great place to base yourself for tours and jaw-dropping views of Mt. St. Helen's and Mt. Adams, the forest ranger stations and visitor's centers in the area are the friendliest ANYWHERE, and there are really cool things to see - sometimes literally - like the ice cave, the natural bridges, the Ape Caves and the falls at Lava Canyon. We absolutely love it - it's our favorite nearby weekend getaway. On our July 2012 trip, we saw a lot of deer and even a coyote! On our next trip, we're determined to partake of some of the popular swimming spots we've seen along various rivers - but we'll have to get their super early, especially on weekends, to find a parking place, even with motorcycles. Also, be aware that some paved roads do have some big sink holes and pot holes - please drive carefully, no matter what your driving/riding!
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