September 9, 2020
You really can’t beat Washington State Parks for camping! For those who prefer a little more glamping style, these parks have yurts and cabins for rent, as well as RV sites and tent sites. Some sites even have hybrid sites for combinations of different campers like yurts/ Rv’s sites or cabins/ tents sites.
**First let me say, we are yet to visit all of them, so I will be updating our favs yearly!
They are really clean, well kept, and we have found that most places have great privacy and space. Privacy is one of our top priorities. These parks are located near the water and it usually only takes a few minutes to walk on over and be at the lake, beach or river.
Wenatchee State Park is an amazing park! This park was not too far from Leavenworth, and it had the most breathtaking views of Wenatchee Lake. The Lake itself is large, and it is in a valley and surrounded by beautiful wilderness. If horseback riding is your thing, they have horseback riding right at the park.
The day we went, there were waves like the ocean because of the wind, and it was a fantastic sight. The camping sites are all located close to the water. It was in a great location and had great options so it is on our hitlist for next summer!
Washington State Park, Lake Chelan has loads of access to the Lake with a boat launch. There were quite a few camping sites with the lake’s views and a large park area for the kids to play in or group gatherings. It is an excellent location if you are looking to hang out on the Lake! It would also be a great location if you want to have family reunions or any group gatherings.
Grayland made our top 5 Washington State Parks because it is not far from our home, and the campsites are sooo nice. It is so easy to walk or drive on the beach, and it is a gorgeous beach.
Most of the campsites are nestled in the trees, and to get to the beach, you walk through sand/ grass fields to the open sandy white beach and the Pacific ocean. We have even camped there in the winter. This beach is an excellent place to be in all weather 🙂
IKE made the cut because the sites are spacious, and there are endless places to swim, kayak, boat, ride jet skis, paddleboard, and go fishing, even for Salmon. This Washington State Park is right off Mayfield lake, and there are some really perfect swimming spots for kids and adults of all ages.
If you are a paddleboarder or Kayaker, hop on the Lake and chase some of the little waterfalls. It is a great place to see the fish too, the water is extremely clear, and you can see down pretty deep!
Beacon Rock is pretty small and has limited space, so book ahead! We could walk to the Columbia River, a really nice boat launch, and a great view of Beacon Rock. There is a beautiful loop trail where we saw loads of birds, including bald eagles. Beacon Rock is a huge rock, supposedly it is the core of a volcano.
There is a walking trail (from the campground) that goes up the rock. If you are going to hike up it, make sure you are not afraid of heights. It is pretty steep.
Stevenson is a super cute town that is not far from the campground. It has enough businesses that if you forgot something, you can probably find it there. On the way to town, you will pass the Bonneville dam and “The Bridge of the Gods.” If you’re feeling adventurous, you can walk across the bridge and do a short hike across the Pacific Crest Trail. You cross over to Oregon, and there are some cute coffee and ice cream shops, just down the way. We grabbed a cup of coffee and ice cream and headed back.
As a bonus location – This Washington State Park was highly recommended to us, but could not get a reservation for this summer. We plan on checking it out next year.
This is a popular park near Long Beach, where the Pacific ocean meets the Columbia River. So you get the best of both worlds, ocean, and river! This area is unique because it has old-growth trees and freshwater lakes, marshes, and seawater. This park is one of the state parks on the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks.
Please let us know your thoughts on our pick or if you have some Washington State park secrets we do not know about. We always love to get feedback 🙂
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