13 best campgrounds in Washington state

Glacial covered mountains, alpine lakes, dense forests, driftwood beaches, and trails galore…Washington state has so much beauty and adventure waiting for you.  If you like surrounding yourself with gorgeous ecosystems and incredible hiking opportunities, then you’ll definitely want to spend a few nights (or a lifetime) in one of Washington state’s many incredible campgrounds like these. 

Best State Parks In Washington

While I typically love camping in State Parks, the Washington State Park system is not one of my favorites mostly becasue they are expensive and the reservation system is not user friendly like Reserve America is.  I do love their locations though so it’s a trade off to be immersed is such gorgeous natural settings.  If you travel in the off-season, you typically can save money by not reserving ahead of time and just paying for your site when you arrive.  In the busy season, July and August, you will probably want to book ahead.

best campgrounds Washington lake wenachtee

Lake Wenachtee

This is one of our favorite campgrounds to stay at because it has it combines so many elements-forest, beach, lake, mountains- and has many amenities.  Surrounded by the gorgeous Cascade mountains and only a 30 mintue drive from the famous town of Leavenwoth, this alpine lake campground is great for water sports, power boating, swimming (it’s cold though), or just chilling on the sandy shoreline.  There’s a playground and a shop to rent kayaks, SUPs, and more at the lower campground.  Although not the best trails for running, there are trails right from the campground for mountain biking and hiking.  If you choose to winter camp, there are heated shelters and bathrooms.  There aren’t many options for food close by so come prepared.  Also note that there is a north and south campground.  The north is geared more for RVers, however, we travel in an RV and prefer the south campground.

Cost of Sites: $20-40
Number of Sites: 197
Max RV Length: 50 feet
Hot Showers: Yes for a small fee

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best campground Washington Larrabee


I like this coastal campground mainly for it’s proximity to great mountain biking and the cute town of Ferndale.  The Interurban trail is an easy 6.7 mile trail right from the campground all the way into Fernadale.  Besides having a ton of great mountian biking right from the campground, the views of Samish Bay and the San Juans are incredible here.   This is a great spot for fishing and paddle sports, and kids will love playing in the water and tidepooling.  Note that the train does come by many times a day.  Also, there is supposedly rock climbing nearby, but we never found it.  My kids, however, did love the boulder in campsite A24!

Cost of Sites: $20-40
Number of Sites: 197
Max RV Length: 60 feet
Hot Showers: Yes for a small fee

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