Bogachiel State Park

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Bogachiel State Park
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Lynnwood, WA676 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
Bogachiel State Park, south of Forks, is probably more intended for campers. We went there late in the afternoon after our tour and museum visit. There are some short trails which I believe just go through the woods. We did take a short one down to the river, but there were not too many places to just sit and enjoy the water. Spent the rest of the time just relaxing a bit in the car before heading for dinner. It is a pretty little park with plenty of campsites, but if you're looking for day use probabilities, this may not be the place for you.
Written August 7, 2014
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Jennifer G
Forks, WA55 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
This is a small state park with day use, a picnic area, and camping. As a local resident I can testify the day use portions can get quite busy when the river and weather are both warm enough for swimming. It's also a good spot for a picnic. It is right next to the highway just south of Forks so It makes a convenient stop for travelers.

I camped here last weekend. I had a nice, private shady spot on the hill above the river. The site was close to flat and so was the parking area. The bushes were tall and thick and I could barely see my neighbor. The site was nice and clean with no trash visible anywhere in the park.

The park is right next to the highway so there is a little traffic noise audible. It wasn't very loud and tapers off at night and I had no trouble sleeping.

The bathroom and showers were spotlessly clean and the soap and paper towel dispensers fully stocked (failure to do this is a pet peeve of mine).

Most of the campsites are for tents and only a few have utilities so the utility sites fill up fast. Most of the sites are short so larger RVs won't fit. No reservations are taken. A Discover pass is required for day use ($30.yr or $10/day). The pass is not required if you camp since your camping fee covers it. Campsite fees vary according to what kind of site you have.
Written August 24, 2014
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Fat O
Naknek, AK211 contributions
Jul 2015
Good place to look anyway if you're into that sort of nonsense. The scenery and natural resources here are well worth a visit. Plenty of places to stay and things to do.
Written May 23, 2016
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Oregon4 contributions
Aug 2020
While the campground itself is clean and is literally just yards from Hwy 101 with no barrier between. If you stay here make sure you're on the opposite side of the campground or you'll be hearing log truck going up and down Hwy. 101 ALL. NIGHT. LONG. (Honestly, you'll hear them no matter where you are as it's a small campground)

We had never been here but needed to make a quick trip North to see family so we just booked for one night. On the way to set up came we thought we'd see if we could stay two nights because it was so beautiful. About 15 minutes in to setting up camp we changed our minds because of the road noise....and I think we got got maybe 3 hours of sleep even though we went to bed early to get away from the mosquitos.
This place would be best for trailers/motorhomes where you sleep inside and have a bit of insulation from the noise.

Side note: Our house sits on a small hill just one house away from a big intersection in the Portland metro area which gives us constant road it's not like we aren't used to noise. This campground noise was just intolerable.
Written August 18, 2020
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Emily B.
Marietta, GA25 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights in our 17 ft. travel trailer. We were in site 6 which was a pull through site. This site had a lot of pros and just one con. The ONLY con of this site is that you pull in on the left side, causing the RV door to be on the road side. I'm normally never a fan of this because I don't like walking out the door and being right on the main campground road. It's not as cozy or private in my opinion. You also have to walk around the RV to get to the picnic table/firepit area. We normally love putting our awning out and sitting under it in our chairs, but it's not as appealing doing that when the road is right in front of you (less than 10 feet away) and people and cars are frequently coming past you. I did notice in a few pictures online that some people will actually pull their RV into these sites the "wrong way" so their door IS facing the firepit/table. Not a super easy thing to do in this campground because the loop road is one-way and it is very tight and blind in the area near this site. There are no areas to back out or get out of the way if you have to. You're pretty much out of luck if someone ends up driving towards you the right way! You also risk your water hose and electric cord not being long enough to reach the hookups if you do it this way. We just dealt with the whole "left-sided" scenario and gave our awning a break :) The PROS of the site: the firepit/table area was very spacious and wooded, the location of the site in the campground was more secluded than the other side of the loop, there were no sites directly across from us (just forests) which was VERY nice and made it feel more private, the bathroom was super I think the pros outweighed the one con that we had!

A lot of reviews I read prior to booking this site complained about the highway noise. Yes, the 101 is RIGHT there. You could actually see the cars driving by...and yes it was loud, but it was never a constant noise. It was something we just got used to. I did not get used to the dog that consistently barked throughout the night every night though. I would wake up every few hours to it. I was honestly very surprised the dog was "allowed" to bark all night....considering the camp hosts seemed to be pretty on top of it. They walked around often and talked to people about their days/plans/etc. It's a very small campground so if i could hear the dog through RV walls, I'm sure everyone could hear the dog. We've stayed at campgrounds before that actually have rules regarding dogs barking during the night (and even the day) and they will kick you out. I guess i could have formally complained but we were up early every morning and didn't get back until the evening. This wouldn't affect us staying here again...just an isolated incident! Let me also state that we are in our early 30s so noise doesn't normally bother us unless it's pretty bad...

The location was very important to us. We stayed here so we could spend 3 full days in Olympic NP. I researched a lot before our trip and tried to find a campground convenient to all areas of the NP. Obviously the NP is so large it's impossible to find something perfect...but I have to say this was close! The beaches and rainforest were within 30 minutes. Forks was maybe a 10 minute drive and had bars/restaurants and a nice grocery store. The Timber Museum was very cool too. Lake Crescent, Hurricane Ridge and Port Angeles were a little further (between 1-2 hours) but the entire drive is scenic so who cares?

One strange thing is that every GPS app we used shows Bogachiel SP on the opposite side of the road that it actually is. Even the maps throughout the NP show it on the wrong side. A mystery we were never able to figure out! So just be careful when going to Bogachiel....don't go by GPS or the maps throughout the NP...the road signs in the area are correct so just follow those (weird, I know).

We really hope to come back to Olympic NP someday and would, without a doubt, stay at Bogachiel again! We would deal with the 101 noise and left-side pull throughs (as I believe there was only one "right-side" pull through!).
Written July 5, 2019
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Eagle, ID146 contributions
Aug 2018
This park doesn't have the spectacular scenery of some of the national parks. But, the campgrounds have coin operated showers and can be reserved. It is located such that most of the western Olympic national forest is a daytrip away. So, it is kind of a perfect location for someone who wants to see just the highlights of the national forest.
Written November 6, 2018
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Orlando, FL172 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
This is a campground tucked into the forest along the bogachiel river. It is heavily treed with a winding dirt road throughout the park. There is a 35ft suggested limit on RVs but we took our 40-foot motorhome and toad in to look around. After we got through a tight turn near the entrance we were pleasantly surprised to find several spots that would accommodate us. Some campsites were easy pull-offs right beside the road like #14 where we stayed. A few sites are power/water and there is a dump station at the entrance. Because of the trees there might be only one or two spots where you can get satellite. There is some road noise in the park but it is not too bad. Sprint was spotty at best. Bathrooms were spotless showers were coin operated. Campground is well-kept and park staff is very friendly.
Written September 5, 2017
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Katie M
3 contributions
Jan 2015 • Solo
This is a great base for a short or more extended camping and fishing trip. I like the tent sites better than Mora or Hoh, because the forest is more open and so the sites get more light. It's also just a nice place to stop and eat a picnic lunch beside the river.
Written February 1, 2015
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West Palm Beach, FL9,968 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
Beautiful forests, warm water and area. This has beautiful scenery, flora and fauna and is very easily reached from Highway 101, you can't miss it.
Written September 10, 2016
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Mary R
Port Angeles, WA21 contributions
Feb 2016 • Family
We didn't stay at Bogachiel Park this time but did the drive through to check out campsites! Looking forward to coming back in the spring to do some camping. Nice to have clean restrooms open!
Written February 23, 2016
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