Originally settled by pioneers in the mid 1800s, Lilliwaup was put on the map in 1890 by the Olympic Exploring Expedition when they used it as the launching point for their epic journey. The team led by Joseph O'Neil aimed to discover a practical route from Hood Canal to the Pacific Ocean and although they couldn't find what they were seeking in the rugged Olympics, O'Neil did have a heavy hand in advocating for the national park we enjoy today.
With great access to year round clam and oyster harvesting in the Lilliwaup State Park, this quaint town is a beach comber's dream. To bolster your seafood bounty, a nearby fish hatchery keeps the local waters stocked with salmon much to the delight of fishing enthusiasts. But first, work up a sizable appetite on one of the myriad excellent hiking trails just minutes from your door.