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Visit The Hoh Rainforest - Olympic National Park

Updated on June 3, 2014

Take A Trip To The Hoh Rainforest

I have lived in the Pacific Northwest, USA for over 20 years now. We finally took a day trip to the Hoh Rainforest in the Olympic National Park in 2007.

It was a beautiful and serene place that I will return to many times I am sure. Nothing gives me a lift like taking a hike through some of Mother Nature's finest handy work.

Join me as I share some of the beautiful photos we captured that lovely summer's day during our visit to the Hoh Rainforest, some interesting facts, things to do while visiting, and local lore with you.

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A Walk Among Gentle Giants

A Walk Among Gentle Giants
A Walk Among Gentle Giants
Hoh Rainforest Hiking Trail
Hoh Rainforest Hiking Trail

Where Is The Hoh Rainforest Located?

Not Far From Forks, WA

About an hour from Forks, Washington where the famed 'Twilight' book and movie series by Stephanie Myers was set, lies the entrance of the Hoh Rainforest.

Just off Highway 101 on the west side of Olympic National Park and about a two-hour drive from Port Angeles lies the very popular destination for hikers and campers.

At one time, the rainforest stretched from southeastern Alaska to the central coast of California.

Check here for Maps and Directions.

Lush Ferns And Greenery

Lush Ferns And Greenery
Lush Ferns And Greenery
Hoh Rainforest Streams
Hoh Rainforest Streams

Interesting Facts About The Hoh Rainforest

A Green Wonderland

The Hoh Rainforest is the only rainforest in the United States and I happen to live just a few hours from this amazing place.

If you are fortunate enough to visit the Hoh Rainforest when it is not raining, you will notice it is a bit more humid under the canopy of trees. The temperatures are still fairly cool in the summertime and the winters are mild.

We went in the later part of summer and it was not raining that day. The mosquitoes however were out in full force. Make sure you take insect repellent with you and slather it on when needed.

The Hoh Rainforest gets over 12 feet of annual precipitation which helps the giant evergreens to grow to enormous heights.

Bigleaf and vine maple trees are also very prevalent in the rainforest and it is very common to see other plants growing on top of them. This gives the rainforest that ethereal rainforesty quality.

Many of the giant conifers will be lying about on the ground and as they decay you can see other plants and trees growing from their midst.

Elk graze throughout the forest and help keep the forest floor clean. It is common to see them strolling and munching throughout the rainforest. We saw lots of fresh hoof prints but they managed to stay hidden that day. You are cautioned to not approach them. I'm sure they don't mind having their pictures taken from a distance though.

Giant ferns and moss cover everything in the Hoh Rainforest. Green is everywhere! You will see greenery growing in the quiet streams and draping from the giant conifers. It is truly a green and magical place.

For more facts and info, go to Visiting The Hoh Rainforest

100 Classic Hikes In Washington State - Mountaineer Guide Book

100 Classic Hikes in Washington
100 Classic Hikes in Washington

Filled with lovely photos and hiking trails in the great state of Washington that are favorites of hikers both in state and out.

 
Hoh Rainforest Campground
Hoh Rainforest Campground

Camping In The Olympic National Park

Visit the Hoh Rainforest

If you love camping, then you will love camping in the Olympic National Park.

There are 16 campgrounds in the park with a total of 910 sites that are open at various times of the year. The Hoh Rainforest itself has 88 sites to choose from and is open year round.

The Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center is open daily in the summer and Friday through Sunday the rest of the year. Picnic tables and restrooms are located near the Visitor Center. No pets are allowed on the hiking trails.

You are repeatedly cautioned to not approach the Elk which can become quite aggressive especially during mating season. Swimming and boating in the rainforest area can be dangerous and are not advised.

Many of the campgrounds accommodate RVs and trailers and are wheelchair accessible. The campgrounds are first-come first-served unless noted on the link below. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit and there are wheelchair accessible bathrooms available. There are no showers or hookups.

Group campsites are also available.

Image Courtesy Of nps.gov

Bat Tree

Bat Tree
Bat Tree

We came across the above unusual tree on the trail we were hiking and promptly dubbed it 'Bat Tree'. It was quite spooky looking actually.

Hoh Rainforest Hiking Trail
Hoh Rainforest Hiking Trail

Hiking In The Hoh Rainforest

Miles And Miles Of Green

We loved the trails that we walked in the Hoh Rainforest. We were not in hiking shape and we still found it very easy going on the trails in the rainforest. Most of the trails are very clean and clearly marked.

I'm sure there are steeper and more rigorous trails to hike but we were pleased with the ones we explored. We took hundreds of photos and never grew bored with all that we saw.

There are two primary trails in the rainforest. You can hike all the way to 5 Mile Island which would be about a 10 mile trek or take some shorter loops.

The birds are everywhere and singing their happy songs. The mosquitoes are also everywhere and it is advised to wear protective clothing and wear insect repellent.

For an easy and very scenic hike, the Hoh Rainforest has it all.

Hiking Shoes - Getting Ready For Your Hike

Remember to have appropriate hiking shoes to cover all the miles you will be walking on the trails in the Hoh Rainforest and surrounding areas.

You can always click one of the links below and find more size and style options!


A Stroll Through The Hoh Rainforest

This video is filled with lovely photos taken by some folks as they walked one of the trails through the Hoh Rainforest.


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Hoh Rainforest Evergreen
Hoh Rainforest Evergreen

Everywhere we walked the trees seemed to tower to the sky!

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Forks Washington
Forks Washington

Places To Visit And Things To Do

Near The Hoh Rainforest

If you are a fan of the Stephanie Myers 'Twilight' series of books and movies, you will definitely want to take a trip into nearby Forks, Washington. There you can find more ocean shores, hiking, and shopping in the local shops. A few of the shops even feature merchandise from the 'Twilight' series!

If you are a hearty backpacker, you may want to visit the Enchanted Valley and hike the trail to see some of the waterfalls that are most visible in the spring and early summer. There are several trails listed on this link that you can hike to visit different waterfalls.

"http://www.olympicpeninsulawaterfalltrail.com/mine..." target="_blank">Mineral Creek Falls Information

Here is a list of several places and things to do near the Hoh Rainforest and Forks, Washington.

Places To Visit Near Forks

Image Courtesy Of Ewen and Donabel

Camping Equipment

Don't see what you need? Click on any item below for more options!

Images From The Hoh Rainforest - More Photos From Our Visit

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My Google Maps - The Visitor Center

This is as close as I can get Google Maps to pull up the Hoh Rainforest on the map.

A marker -
3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362
get directions

I would love to hear your thoughts about the Hoh Rainforest or getting out in nature in general!

Will You Be Visiting The Hoh Rainforest?

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is such a refreshing hub with all those old trees we now seldom see.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @ecogranny: Yeah, we dubbed it with that name as it so looked so much like a bat to us. We were walking along the trail and there it was! :)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I don't know if I will visit the state again, but if I do, I'd love to see the rainforest. Your shot of the bat tree is alarming and wonderful all at once. I must look up "Bat" and see what it augurs. Thank you for a wonderful journey through a beautiful site. I could almost smell the trees and rotting bits, see flashes of color as birds plied the air between lofty branches.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @Merrci: Thank you Merrci! I hope you do get a chance to go. If you go walking the trails, keep your eyes open for the 'bat tree' as it is not marked as such. We just nicknamed it that as it seemed to fit! :)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Yes! Beautiful shots. I've wanted to visit for sometime now. The bat tree is amazing. Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      cmeverything 4 years ago

      I love rainforest hiking... great lens :)

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I haven't been there but have wanted to for a long time. Someday I must.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I would love to visit the park again. It's a magnificent place.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very refreshing to stop by here once again. I can smell the forest. :)

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Great Lens -- I Would Like To "Visit The Hoh Rainforest - Olympic National Park" - Thanks

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Green is the color of love and this lens is full of it! Love the bat tree and gorgeous pictures of the Hoh rainforest. what a lovely 'time out' experience, many thanks :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really nice to stop by here again. I refreshed the blessing and posted this on FaceBook for you. Hope some friends will take a look at this. :)

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      Really enjoyed the stunning photos of the Hoh Rainforest. Angel blessings.

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      The images at The Hoh Rainforest are gorgeous. The tree seem to be exceptionally tall and vegetation is amazing. I wish I could visit this place. Thanks for sharing the beauty of The Hoh Rainforest.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I actually had never heard of the Hoh Rainforest. Thanks for sharing your experience and pictures. Blessed

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      How beautiful! I love hiking and being outdoors, but we don't have any rainforests in Colorado.

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      termit_bronx 5 years ago

      BEAUTIFUL! The Bat tree is unique :)

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      alidabdul 5 years ago

      This is cool lens, I love rainforest since I'm nature addict.

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      I will be now! The pictures are great along with the information you gave. I'm very excited and can't wait to go, thanks.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Oh, Wow! I would love to camp and hike in the Hoh Rainforest! This would be the perfect adventure place for me and my husband!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      It looks so very beautiful here.

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Bat tree is wicked!

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      rachelscott 5 years ago

      These places attract me and i can't live without spending my some days there.

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      Hoh Rainforest is on my list of places to visit. You have gorgeous pictures. Great job!

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      SteveMcGUK 5 years ago

      This forest looks absolutely beautiful. I've never been to a rain forest in America, although I have been lucky enough to visit some in Madagascar and Asia. Thank you for a lovely lens.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      The bat tree is really bizarre. Thanks for introducing me to this wonderful rainforest.

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      Marilyn Thompson 5 years ago from Washington State

      I too live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, we are fortunate to have many wonderful sights around us and theHoh Rainforest is indeed a must-see.

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      fish-oil-expert 5 years ago

      Yes I would love to visit the Hoh Rainforest. Unfortunately, I don't get up to Washington often.

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      radkoaleks 5 years ago

      It really is one of the most wonderful jungles I have ever seen. Maybe one day I will get to go there. I love this place.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      If I ever get to the other side of the nation I will put the Hoh Rainforest on my list of places to explore. And I'll bring my bug net and repellent so I won't feel compelled to leave until I'm ready.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Very beautiful lens! This place is truly unbelievable and a great place to just "get lost in"! I live not too far from here and it has been awhile since we visited...need to add it to my list for the very near future.

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      Oh my, would I LOVE to hike in the Hoh Rainforest! Fabulous pictures and very well done. Angel blessed today!

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      I could feel the stress melt away as I read your lens. I bet it's very, very quiet here. Thank you for a wonderful lens and for brightening my day. Blessed by a SquidAngel...and in honor of High Five Day...two high fives !...Well, I guess that would be a high-ten...Anyway, great job !...

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      I WALK WITH MY DOG OUT HERE ON THE BACK ROADS NEAR AUMSVILLE. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL. i JUST LOVE BEING OUTDOORS. I CAN'T HARDLY WAIT UNTIL THE CAMPING SEASON BEGINS. LOVELY LENS!

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses. SUPERLIKED! The photos are amazing and your lens is very interesting, thanks for sharing.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      It really is one of the most beautiful rain forests I have ever seen. Maybe one day I will get to go there.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Stunning photographs. Congratulations on a well earned purple star! Blessed!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @SayGuddaycom: I hope you do go and visit the Hoh Rainforest soon! I posted a link above with directions and maps. Here is another link you might find helpful that you can zoom in by scrolling at the bottom. :) http://www.nps.gov/pwr/customcf/apps/maps/showmap....

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      dumutu 5 years ago

      Amazing picture, feel so peaceful just looking at it. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The pictures make me want to visit this place. I can smell the ferns and feel the strength of the trees.

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      rumputstd 5 years ago

      I'd love to visit this place .... hmmm .... aroma typical forest ... I miss

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      djroll 5 years ago

      A great lens. I've been to the Hoh Rainforest and it is beautiful - just like the pictures. I'm taking family there this summer.

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      digitaltree 5 years ago

      Beautiful place, would like to visit it someday.

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      jammarti 5 years ago

      Hope I could visit this wonderful place soon! It's very relaxing. Free from pollution.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      What a lovely time walking through the rainforest. Congrats on making the front page and the purple star.

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      NeverTooLate2012 5 years ago

      There are no words that can describe the rain forest. Awesome, grand, mesmerizing, green, old...just don't cut it. It is this & so much more! The pictures with the sun in them are great! Don't get to see that much up there. Good work on this lens.

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      linkreggie 5 years ago

      wow that's really a great place. I love to go to some place like this..

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a beautiful place! That bat tree is wicked! Great lens.

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      Timsmansmall 5 years ago

      Great place to visit.

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      PaulRyan 5 years ago

      Wow, an incredible place. I don't need to visit now I've seen your lens. ;-)

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      I'm actually thinking of going this coming weekend after reading this lens. Great work! I'd love to see a map added to this page so I know exactly where it is.

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      I'm always for these kind of trips :)

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos. Thank you for making this lens. I enjoyed the tour.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations on the Purple Star on this awesome nature lens. Thank you for taking us on a tour of the Hoh Rainforest. Its beautiful!

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      This looks like a place I would love to spend a few weeks exploring, very different from the high, rocky mountains where I spend so much of my time, but with a really unique sort of beauty.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Thank you Purple Star Fairies for blessing this article with the awesome Purple Star award!! I am very grateful. :)

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      I love the smells and sounds when walking through the forest. So peaceful, so relaxing.

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      Seems like the perfect place to unwind,...

      Another amazing lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The tranquility of the forest a great place to holiday

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Very inviting and a nicely done lens.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I can tell from your photos that the Hoh Rainforest is breathtaking. Can't wait to visit and hike those trails. Spectacular! Thanks for the introduction. It is now on my exploration wish list.

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      Valerie Bloom 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This is a fantastic lens! Your descriptions are beautiful, as are your pictures. It's an excellent "tour" with helpful information. I wish I could go, but I don't see being able to travel far from southeastern Pennsylvania anytime soon...But someday!!!

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      The Hoh Rainforest looks like a very peaceful and lovely place, and your photos are fantastic! Next time I find myself in the Pacific Northwest, I will be sure to check it out.

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      CozyKitty 5 years ago

      I'd love to visit the Hoh Rainforest someday - time and budget permitting. For now I'll have to be satisfied with a walk in the local park. Thanks for a beautiful lens!

      ;-)

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      I'd love to!

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      smithlights 5 years ago

      I have lived in Washington my whole life, but I have never been to the Hoh Rainforest! Hopefully soon!

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      Drake McSherry 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Looks like a very beautiful and peaceful place. I would have never thought of going there, but now I will. Thank you for the suggestion and sharing the information as well.

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Looks beautiful. I've never heard about the Hoh Rainforest before

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful lens...love your photos.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've never been to a rainforest anywhere but would love to see these beautiful sites. Thanks for sharing!

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      SophiaStar LM 5 years ago

      That Bat Tree is amazing! I would love to visit the Hoh Rainforest your photos capture the serenity and magic of it for me:)