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“Be careful walking on the beach!”
Review of Twanoh State Park

Twanoh State Park
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Belfair
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Owner description: This state park along the Hood Canal offers plenty of water activities, including fishing, boating and kayaking.
Reviewed July 26, 2014

My best advice for this park or really any beach on the hood canal is walk carefully. We visited this park a few times as it has a nice picnic area and a beach. But my gosh, it can be dangerous for little ones to walk around. The park is chock full of razor sharp broken oyster shells and barnacles. So take great care if you have little ones horsing around as they can easily trip on the rocky beach and cut up there hands, legs, etc on the sharp shells. Especially during the oyster shucking season.

Besides the warning, it really is a nice place to stop for a picnic. It has a little campground and a short little trail to hike. There are nice views of the Olympics and of the canal and the water is warm. The main problem with the place is it has limited parking and will be way overcrowded during a hot summer day. Its possible to not find parking and they do have cops waiting to write tickets.

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Reviewed July 20, 2014

The beach is wonderful here. You can't beat the view of the Olympics.The water is warm in the summer and nice to swim in. The park itself needs some work (fences etc.) and the campground is small and dark. The hiking trails are short but nice. I recommend going during the week on a nice day as the beach is very crowded on a sunny weekend.

1  Thank Susan B
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

This park can get packed in the summer. Especialy during Oyster season. They have policeman to escort cars because the campground is full and the parking lot for day visitors is overcrowded. So avoid these days if possible. The park is wooded and prety but really is not that interesting. Has a short trail to hike. The trail loops around but offers basically no views. Partial views of the canal if you stand in the right spot. Has a beach that is a landmine of broken and razor sharp oyster shells and barnacles. Other than this, its not a destination type place. Its a place to camp for the sake of camping or a picnic type place.

2  Thank worldtravelers_ja
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Twanoh State Park has been one of our family's favorite parks for day use for over 50 years. It has one of the most beautiful beaches in the state, located the pristine Hood Canal waters. It has some of the warmest water on the sound. It faces directly to the West with fantastic views of the Olympic Mountains.

It is a wonderful location for family picnics, swimming, oysters and clams, hiking, and boating. This is truly one of the northwest’s best family day use facilities. There is also a nice little campground, which we have not used, as we live locally.

Unfortunately, a few of the reviews listed here are totally off base:

First, this is NOT an ORV park! There is no ORV noise or other activity allowed anywhere in the park. It is rare to hear anything other than the breeze off the canal, birds, and children playing.

Second, EVERY state park requires a Discover Pass for use. Use includes parking. If you can’t follow the rules, don’t use the park! If you get a ticket because you ignore the large signs stating that a pass is required, then you deserve a ticket. If you are disabled or have some other exemption, you may not need a Discover Pass. However, you still need educate yourself, obtain the proper passes and permits, and follow the rules and laws related to use of parks. Don’t give the park a bad rating just because you got caught breaking the law!

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Reviewed December 23, 2013

We ended up at this state park sort of spontaneously as it was near the resort we were going to stay at. It ended up surprisingly pleasant...although smell was not to great.
This park had creek and was part of Salmon run...as it was post-Salmon season, we saw bunch of dead Salmon who had finished the Salmon run season. Although smell was not the best, it was interesting to see the Salmon interspersed throughout the creek.
The hike was very easy...only 2 miles or so total loop. It was pretty, but I wouldn't was it was spectacular hike.

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