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Seal Rock Campground - Best Washington Coast Camping

Nestled along the picturesque Washington coast, Seal Rock Campground offers visitors a campsite along Highway 101, also known as Olympic Highway, with views of Hood Canal and Dabob Bay. It's just north of Brinnen and south of Quilcene, Washington.

Seal Rock Campground is the perfect destination to reconnect with nature and create lasting memories no matter how often you've been camping.

This campground is particularly popular among those interested in harvesting oysters. It's one of the only sites that's located on salt water and has public-use oyster harvesting. (Make sure to check local guidelines for more information.)

Seal Rock Campground

Seal Rock Campground: At a Glance

Location: Quilcene, WA

Tent/RV Camping? Both RV and tent camping is available.

# of Sites: 41

Open Season: May-September

Why Visit? Scenic views

Price: $18 (single site) +$5 for extra car

Reservations: Only first come, first serve.

Hood Canal
The Hood Canal is visible from Seal Rock Campground.

Location and Accessibility

Seal Rock Campground is a charming rural campsite located in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. Situated on the eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula, Seal Rock is nestled between the Olympic Mountains and the waters of Hood Canal.

Its idyllic location offers breathtaking views, abundant wildlife, and easy access to outdoor recreational activities. To get there, take Highway 101 from Olympia north or take it south from Sequim.

Why Visit Seal Rock Campground?

One of the biggest draws of Seal Rock Campground is its breathtaking natural surroundings. The campground offers stunning panoramic views of Hood Canal.

The pristine sandy beaches invite visitors to take long walks, enjoy picnics, or simply bask in the sun. The crashing waves create a mesmerizing soundtrack, providing a soothing and calming atmosphere.

Nature enthusiasts will also find plenty to explore within and around Seal Rock Campground. The area is teeming with wildlife, including a variety of bird species, sea lions, and even occasional whale sightings.

Hood Canal Views
Along the Hood Canal, you an harvest oyster, fish, hike, camp and more.

Birdwatchers will be delighted by the chance to spot resident and migratory species that frequent the nearby tide pools and rocky outcrops. Exploring the tide pools during low tide reveals a world of colorful marine life, providing an educational and awe-inspiring experience.

Oyster harvesting is also a very popular pastime here.

Facilities and Amenities

Seal Rock Campground offers a range of camping options to suit various preferences. The campground features 41 sites total, and they are only:

  • Tent sites

  • RV sites

The sites are well-maintained and provide basic amenities such as

  • Picnic tables

  • Fire rings

  • Access to clean restrooms

  • Freshwater

  • Electricity in restrooms

  • Garbage cans

However, it's important to note that the campground does not offer hookups for RVs.

Activities and Nearby Attractions

While the natural beauty of Seal Rock Campground is undoubtedly its main attraction, there are plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained.

Oysters Harvested in Quilcene, WA
Oysters harvested in Quilcene, WA

Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck in the nearby rivers and streams, while hikers can explore the numerous trails that wind through the surrounding forests and cliffs.

One of our recommendations is Rocky Brook Falls, only a short drive from the campground. It's just off the road, requiring only a 200-foot yard to see it.

You might also want to check out Dosewallips State Park, just south of the campground outside of Brinnon. It's a 1,064-acre, year-round camping, and day-use park. The Dabob Broad Spit is another popular destination for those who can't get enough ocean views.

Tips for Visitors

If you're planning a visit to Seal Rock Campground, here are a few tips to enhance your experience:

  • Get there early: Due to its popularity, it's advisable to arrive early to ensure you get a campsite, especially during peak summer months.

  • Pack essentials: Bring all necessary camping gear, including tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, and warm clothing, as coastal weather can be unpredictable.

  • Respect wildlife and nature: Remember to practice Leave No Trace principles and avoid disturbing the local wildlife or damaging natural habitats.

  • Check tide schedules: Before exploring the tide pools, consult local tide charts to ensure your visit coincides with the low tide for the best viewing experience.

Quilcene, WA Tree

Nearby Campgrounds

If Seal Rock Campground is full, check out these other nearby campgrounds that might work for you:

Cove RV Park & Country Store

The aptly named Cove RV Park & Country Store features a great RV park and country store just off Highway 101. It's only a mile or so north of Seal Rock Campground in the direction of Quilcene and on Dabob Bay.

Dosewallips State Park Campground

The nearby Dosewallips State Park Campground is another good option. It's just south of Seal Rock and features 37 campsites for tents or RVs. It's a popular spot to go fishing, as well.

Collins Campground

If you're looking for something more secluded, Collins Campground might be the right choice. It's located in along the Duckabush River and has 16 campgrounds, all of which are first come, first serve.

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