Whether you prefer the simplicity of tent camping or the comfort of RVs there are plenty of campgrounds on and around the Hood Canal to choose from. From your campsite you can take day trips to explore surrounding forests, rivers, and beaches or just relax under the trees and listen to the birds.
If you haven’t tried it yet, you are in luck! The Vance Creek Railriders Opening day for the 2019 Season is May 18. Pedal the rails on the Simpson Logging rail line for a 12-mile round trip Fall foliage trip!
Events range from guided walks and workshops on tree and edible plant identification to wildlife visitors, including an owl, a Virginia opossum, a Peregrine falcon and a turkey vulture. The public is invited to attend, whether staying overnight, visiting Potlach for the day or coming solely for the programs.
The fair celebrates Matlock’s heritage in the timber industry with early day machines and motors as well as blacksmithing and an entire gym filled with antique booths. In addition attendees enjoy kids’ activities, hand-crafted items, historical events, agricultural events, food, community raffle, prizes and live music.
Although the Pacific Northwest is known for its temperate rainforests accompanied by an abundant amount of green, with April warmth, we can start to look forward to the colorful relief offered by the return of the native flowers around the Canal and South Puget Sound area.
Just below the surface of the waters of the Hood Canal, a whole new world exists waiting to be explored. It is carpeted with sponges and seaweed, populated by wolf eels and octopus and visited by the occasional seal and even (rarely) a six-gilled shark.
Just south of Shelton, traffic slows as motorists approach Taylor Town. Here you will find one of Mason County’s Hidden Gems – The Skyline Drive-In, one of only five remaining drive-in movie theaters in Washington State; one of less than 300 left nationwide in America.
You probably don't need any urging – just enjoying one of the many parks and beaches or watching the wildlife in the water is enough for most; but just in case you need a few ideas here's a couple to inspire you – let us know your favorites and will change it from 44 to 50! #wildsidewa
Hosting a rich tradition spanning generations of first people and settlers, Union hosts fantastic views of the Olympics and Canal while embracing the arts and community. It is little wonder it was voted one of the 20 Prettiest Towns in USA by Forbes Traveller.
That funky wooden bear was a staple to your grandparent’s front yard, and there’s always the one quirky neighbor on the block that has one—but did you know there are entire competitions centered on chainsaw carvings? Did you know there exists a chainsaw carving school in Allyn that will teach you how to make one of your own? Truth and truth.
The Duckabush River starts in the heart of the Olympic Mountains. Fed by glaciers, snowfields, and a myriad of springs and alpine lakes; this major Olympic Peninsula river provides excellent wildlife habitat and makes for some stunning scenery. Explore this valley in the winter for the added bonus of solitude, a chance to observe elk, and to witness a rain-swollen river careening through clefts and over boulders.
Looking for a refreshing easy local walk with plenty of birds and wildlife? Consider visiting the accessible Theler Wetlands near the south entrance to Belfair, WA. Interpretative signs, native plants, and even a reconstructed whale skeleton – makes this an inspiring walk.
There is a host of romantic notions about staying inside all winter, putting on fuzzy socks against the cold, and hibernating beneath a blanket. Instead of letting a little rain stop us from getting after it, we choose adventures that are even better with a little atmosphere!
There’s hardly anything better than friends gathered around a campfire. Throw some tasty, warm drinks in the mix and a meal prepared over an open flame, and you have the formula for a winning winter dinner.
In the first full weekend of October Shelton’s Sanderson Field Airport is where you’ll want to be. With the help of over a hundred community organizations, Skookum Rotary stages its annual small town BIG event, OysterFest.
The fall colors on Hood Canal are heralding the close of summer. Time to head to the hills to embrace the much needed rains in the Olympic National Park as the hills and valleys go back to the Technicolor spectrum of green.
It's ok to be "shellfish" when your on Hood Canal. How about waking up to spectacular canal views for days filled autumn walks and beach treasure hunts? With OysterFest just around the corner (October 6-7) and Governor Inslee proclaiming next week Oyster Week – it’s a great time to hit the Hood – and we’ve prepared a jam-packed customizable itinerary for you culminating at the WA State Seafood Festival!
The deep, extensive forests of the Olympic Peninsula hide secrets. For some its the discovery of a new plant that can cure an illness; others seek the solitude of moss laden ancient trees; and, for a select few, the search continues for a hidden creature that makes himself popular on bumper stickers and dangly air fresheners throughout the Northwest – here’s some details behind this northwest favorite character.
Outstanding in the Field was truly a unique and spectacular dining experience for the over 200 guests. Hosted at the Hama Hama farm with the iconic bridge and sunset through the mountains as a backdrop, the memorable evening featured great food and fellowship.
If your idea of a camping excursion is freeze dried food and dry shampoo – and luxury to you is a bed of moss under your sleep sack or a solar-powered lamp – "glamping" may not hold much interest for you. Glamping or "glamor-camping" as the name suggest, goes WAY beyond the coleman stove and solar shower upgrade. If you crave a star-studded forest canopy while enjoying gourmet camp cuisine and all the comforts of home – bed, pillows, duvet, light switches– glamping may be a great compromise to get outdoors!