Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, Washington
18118 Upper Hoh Road, Olympic National Park, Washington| Map |
For those vacationing in Washington’s Olympic National Park, the Hoh Rain Forest is a great place for a family outing, sure to generate unforgettable memories for all. Receiving over 150 inches of rain per year, the Hoh Rain Forest is a dense green wonderland, and provides an opportunity to explore one of America’s unique microclimates. Huge trees covered with moss and ferns accent the Spruce Nature Trail (1.3 miles) and the Hall of Mosses (.8 miles), directly accessed from the visitors center. The center is a good place to start, offering trail maps, souvenirs and free brochures; park rangers are on hand to recommend the best nearby activities suitable for family groups. The trails are easy to navigate for visitors of all ages, and children who’ve never seen giant trees before will be excited to try to join hands around these trunks -- it can take several people to form a ring! Nurse trees, “ghost trees” and water features add to the surprise and fairytale ambience of this area. The Hoh Rain Forest is one of the Northwest’s truly special places.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
The forest is a good 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive from Port Angeles, so pick a time of year and weather when viewing is optimal. Bring rain jackets, and don't be deterred by wet weather.
Address: 18118 Upper Hoh Road, Olympic National Park, Washington| Map
Hours: Year Round