Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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Elwha Campground is moderately sized campground in the beautiful Elwah River Valley just 30 minutes southwest of Port Angeles. This campground is a good choice if you are looking to hit any number of trails that leave from within the valley, including a nearby west approach to Hurricane Hill or the trails that leave from the Whiskey Bend Trailhead such as the west approach to Hurricane Ridge or the beautiful Elwha River Trail. You'll also enjoy a visit of adjacent Madison Falls and nearby Boulder Hot Springs (A.K.A "Olympic Hot Springs).

Because this campground is in the valley and enjoys the shade from a lush tree canopy, sites feel very sheltered and private. A dense understory helps define individual sites, which are generally large and well distributed. Elwha Campground has 40 sites that can accommodate tents, RVs, and trailers. Each has a picnic table and a fire ring, though there are no hookups in the campground. You'll find restrooms, potable water, and a modest picnic shelter, and firewood is available for purchase. All sites at Elwah Campground are first-come, first-served, and this campground is open year round.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

National Park Pass


Large campsites. Open year round.


Adjacent to main road. No reservations.

Pets allowed


Managed by

National Park Service


Flushing toilets
Potable water
Covered picnic areas



We visited the Olympic Hot Springs (3/21-22). We were doing a week long backpacking trip and went to the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles beforehand to double check our plan with the rangers there. They never mentioned that the Elwha and Altair campgrounds were closed. I assume they were unaware, but please be aware that those campgrounds are still closed and the closest nearby campsite is an RV/tent campground (I forget the name, but I believe the name was posted on the board near the Olympic Hot Springs Road where it is closed). There are no other campgrounds nearby that are open yet. I just want to stress: as of 3/22/18, the Elwha AND Altair campgrounds ARE STILL CLOSED. It did not look like they were planning on opening them up any time soon. Boulder Creek Campground (Olympic Hot Springs campground) was the closest and you need a backcountry permit + to hike 10.9 miles (one way). Most of the campgrounds are still covered in snow, but there are a few clear ones. I doubt there will be too many visitors at any one given time though so the couple open ones are probably enough.
1/24/18-Currently the Elwha area is closed to vehicle traffic past the Madison Falls parking lot, (near the entrance), due to extensive flood damage. You can access the Whiskey Bend, & Boulder Creek trailheads via foot or bike traffic.
The road to Boulder Hot Springs and Appleton Pass is no longer closed as the dams on the Elwha are completely removed
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