Weekend Getaway for Oct. 3


WHAT: Bogachiel, a remote, 123-acre forested park on the Bogachiel River on the Olympic Peninsula, is open for camping year-round. The park has a short hiking trail and offers easy access to explore the Hoh Rain Forest. The park is a popular spot for bird watching.

WHEN: Open from 8 a.m.-dusk.

WHERE: Six miles south of Forks.

HISTORY: Established in 1931, the park was jointly managed for years by State Parks, Bogachiel Commercial Club and the Forks Chamber of Commerce. State Parks began staffing Bogachiel in 1961.

GETTING THERE: The park entrance is about 6 miles south of Forks off the west side of U.S. Highway 101.

COST: There is a daily $10 per vehicle (or $30 per year) fee to use state parks. Camping costs from $12 for a primitive campsite to $42 for a utility site..

OF NOTE: There are six picnic tables and 1 mile of hiking trails as well as wildlife viewing (deer and eagles). No vampires or werewolves have been spotted at the park. The park is on the tip of the Hoh Rain Forest, which receives as much as 160 inches of rain each year. There is a geocache in the park. It was placed in 2013 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Washington State Parks.

INFORMATION: parks.wa.gov.