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The 9 Best Family Campgrounds in Washington State

Family tent camping in Washington state

Nestled amidst the majestic evergreen forests and picturesque landscapes of Washington State, you’ll discover a haven where campfire stories, marshmallow roasts, and starry night adventures reign supreme. Welcome to our top 9 family-friendly campgrounds, where the WiFi is weak, but the connections are strong! We’ve scoured the state from the Olympic Peninsula to the Cascade Mountains to unearth these hidden gems where Mother Nature plays host, and you and your loved ones are the honored guests. Get ready to pack up the tent, dust off the sleeping bags, and embark on a journey filled with outdoor escapades, laughter, and memories that’ll have you longing for s’more! Family bonding has never been this wild – let’s embark on a camping odyssey like no other. Campgrounds, campfires, and countless memories await your arrival. So, lace up your hiking boots, grab your compass, and let’s embark on an unforgettable adventure beneath the stars.

As parents ourselves, we know what’s important for a successful family camping trip.

  1. CLEAN BATHROOMS – so important for tent campers who rely on clean, well-maintained bathrooms and showers! Even if you have a bathroom with your RV, its essential to have nice bathrooms when you are out and about exploring the parks.

  2. KIDS’ AREAS & ACTIVITIES. While it isn’t essential to have organized activities for children, they are nice to have as an option.  In addition – playgrounds and kid-friendly hiking trails are a must. (Never brought the kids camping before? Read This!)

  3. CAMPSITE PRIVACY. No one wants to drive a couple hours from home with all their camping gear to just be crammed into a campsite practically on top of their neighbors!  We know we aren’t exactly back-packing into the wilderness, but bonus points for those campsites who have a measure of privacy so you can at least pretend you are miles away from society.

With these criteria in mind, here is our suggested list of best campgrounds to camp with kids in Washington — sorted geographically from WEST to EAST.

  1. Copalis River RV Park
  2. Salt Creek Recreation Area
  3. Seaquest Park
  4. Tolt-MacDonald Park & Campground
  5. Leavenworth/Pine Village KOA Holiday
  6. Riverbend RV Park
  7. Columbia Sun RV Resort
  8. Steamboat Rock State Park
  9. Liberty Lake RV Campground

Looking for a few tips on setting up a comfortable, kid-friendly campsite? Read Here.

map of best family friendly campgrounds in Washington WA

Copalis River RV Park

(formerly known as driftwood rv resort)

 

rv park with gravel road3209 WA-109

Copalis Beach, WA

360-940-7048

map of driftwood rv park If you want to take the family camping on the Pacific Coast, check out this park located in Copalis Beach, WA (just north of Ocean Shores). This small-sized campground has a cozy, family feel and is well maintained with lots of newer amenities (like underground utilities, Cable TV, and a new water well). Take the kids clam digging (there are 2 cleaning stations at the campground) and teach them how to have a proper Washington Clam Bake! Nearby you’ll find access to more beaches, cliffs, streams and rivers. Tip: if you are headed for a day at the beach, bring one of our sand-free beach mats to keep everything (and everyone) clean and dry. 

 Campground map

 

Facilities Pet friendly

WiFi

Dog wash station

2 clam cleaning stations

Water from new well

Onsite septic systems

Laundry

Bathhouse

RV/Trailer Sites

RV/Trailer Campsites: 50
Site features: 8 sites are 70’ pull through

42 sites are 60’ back in sites

50/30/20 amp electrical

Cable TV

Fire ring

Picnic table

Level and graveled

 Tent Sites

Tent Campsites: 4
Site features: Next to river

 

Salt Creek Recreation Area

tidal pool

3506 Cap Hayden Road

Port Angeles, WA

360-928-3441

Campground open year round

map of salt creek To the West of Port Angeles is the 196-acre Salt Creek Recreational Area an incredible outdoor oasis along strait of Juan de Fuca. The whole family will enjoy exploring the numerous tide pools formed at low tide or hiking over to the old abandoned fort that defended the strait until the end of World War II. There are also old bunkers and gun turrets for kids to climb on. You can spend afternoons playing at the beach and watching for otters, seals, and other critters. The campground itself has a large grassy field and a small playground. It can get windy and/or foggy – which brings a chill, be prepared. This is a super, super popular campground (with good reason!) – so either reserve early or come early for any of the first-come, first serve sites.

Facilities 2 ADA accessible restrooms (coin operated showers, vault toilet) available May-October

1 ADA accessible restroom (coin operated showers, vault toilet) available November – April

Water faucets throughout the park

Striped Peak Trail (5 mile round trip)

Short scenic wood trails

Trails to WWII bunker

No pass or entry fee to Salt Creek Recreational Area

Host of Salt Creek 24-Hour Race OCTOBER (check website for exact dates)

Day use picnic shelter (reservable)

Playgrounds

Firewood ($)

Website to reserve campsite.

This is a really nice website where you can see photos of each individual campsite that you are considering reserving.

RV/Tent/Trailer Sites

Total Campsites: 92
Site features: Utility sites (1-39)

Non-utility sites (40-92)

2 ADA accessible campsites (#39 & #71)

Max 6 people per site

rv patio mat

Seaquest State Park

 

wood trail thru wetlands

Open year round – normally.

Alert: campground will be closed from October 16 – November 30th 2023 to replace a power line

 3030 Spirit Lake Highway

Castle Rock WA

888-226-7688

Park map

map of seaquest park Seaquest State Park sits on 475 acres and has over a mile of shoreline on Silver Lake, a shallow wetland lake. Kids will enjoy walking/hiking on the flat(ish) hiking trails where they might catch site of interesting birds or other wildlife. Seasonally, there is boating, fishing, and swimming for all the water fans. If you walk through a pedestrian tunnel you’ll leave the lush forest to arrive at The Mount St. Helen’s visitor center is small – but informative and perfect for anyone interested in the history of the mountain and the area. There are ranger talks, naturalist-led hikes and interpretive exhibits. If kids are captivated by the mountain (and its eruption), consider a side-trip over to the larger Mount St. Helen’s National Volcanic Monument Headquarters where they can watch a film about the eruption and see the mountain up close (about 90 minutes driving time away). Inside the park there a couple of playgrounds – but the big hit is a human-made sand dune that will keep your children busy for hours (good luck getting sand out of all their clothes, hair, and cervices!)

Facilities 7 miles of hiking trails

Amphitheater

Bird watching

2 children’s play areas

6 horseshoe pits

Mt. St. Helens visitor center

Volleyball field

Dump station

5 restrooms (4 ADA)

6 ADA showers

 

RV/Tent/Trailer Sites

Standard Sites: 52
Site features: Nearby water

Near comfort station

Near waste station

Max 8 people

Tip: some sites have a lot of loose sand/dirt, make sure to have a RV Patio Mat 

 

RV/Camper Campsites (partial hook up): 18
Site features: Same as ‘standard’ site WITH electricity

May have water and/or sewer

Max 8 people

 

RV/Camper Campsites (full hook up): 15
Site features: Same as ‘standard’ site WITH electricity, water, and sewer

Max 8 people

 

Hiker/Biker Campsites: 3
Site features: Open to campers who arrive to the park by foot or bicycle.

Bathrooms are NOT close

 

Group Camping: 1
Site features: Covered shelter for tables

Tent area

Fire pit

2 braziers

Horse bib

Max 25 people

Available first come/first serve

 

Other lodging

Yurt: 5
Site features: Walking distance to Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center

16’ in diameter x 10’ height

Queen size fouton & bunk bed that sleeps 3

20 am electric outlet

Heater

Picnic table

Fire pit & grate

**tip: bring extra blankets as evenings can be cool

 

Tolt-MacDonald Park & Campground

tents in a grassy field

31020 NE 40th St

Carnation, WA

Camping season 1 April – 31 October (but all sites can be reserved up to 1 year in advance)

Campground Map

map of tolt macdonald Only 40 minutes driving time from downtown Seattle (depending on traffic, of course) you’ll find Tolt-MacDonald Park & Campground. This is an easy weekend camping trip for any Seattle-area families who want to get out of the city and into nature! The park itself is 575 acres of meadows, trails, and even a 500’ suspension bridge. At the campground you can bring your own tent or RV or stay in one of their Yurts or a one of a kind, eco-friendly cabin (made from a shipping container). There is a huge park area where you can picnic (bring one of our waterproof picnic mats!), play frisbee, or host a special event.

Tolt-MacDonald park is the site of two major annual events: the 3-day Timber! Outdoor Music Festival (July 25-27, 2024) and Beat the Blerch (September 7, 2024). If you want to camp during either of these events, we suggest making your camping reservations 1 year in advance (the max that is allowed) – otherwise, you may want to choose a different weekend!

For families with small children, you will definitely want to take a short side trip over to Remlinger Farms (5 minute drive). This is a small family fun park that our kids enjoyed going to every summer! The rides are really aimed at the younger crowd and its neat how even the littlest kids have fun rides to go on (unlike the big theme parks where every ride is for older kids). 

Facilities Amphitheater

Ballfield

Boat launch

Hiking trails

Mountain biking trails

Picnic shelters

Playgrounds

500 foot suspension bridge

 

RV/Tent/Trailer Sites

Tent Sites: 22
Site features: Picnic table

Fire ring

2 sites feature 3-sided cabins

11 sites are walk in only (wagons available from campground host)

 

RV/Camper Campsites: 16
Site features: Pull-through campsites

Water & Electric

Picnic table

Fire ring

 

Group Camping Sites

Large Group Camping Sites: 1
Site features: Large covered shelter

Picnic tables

Raised firepit

Accommodates multiple tents

Up to 60 people

Primitive camping is located .5 mile hike downriver (no running water, sani-cans only)

Walk in only (wagons available from campground host)

 

Small Group Camping Sites: 1
Site features: A-frame covered amphitheater

2 firepits

Picnic tables

Accommodates multiple tents

Up to 40 people

Walk in only (wagons available from campground host)

 

Other Camping Lodging

Camping Container:
Eco-friendly, upcycled from surplus shipping container and retrofitted with sustainable and recycled materials.
1
Site features Radiant heating

LED lighting

Table & bench

Sleeps up to 4
Picnic table (outside)
Fire pit
Deck

No pets allowed

 

Yurts:
Circular structure with wooden floor and round skylight
6
Site features 2 bunkbeds

Heat

Electricity

Deck

Picnic table

Fire ring

2 yurts are wheelchair accessible

Sleeps up to 6

2 yurts allow pets – requires pre-registration

 

Leavenworth/Pine Village KOA Holiday

RVs at a campground

308 Zelt Strasse

Leavenworth, WA

800-562-5709

Campground map

map of leavenworth koaLeavenworth is the cutest (only!) Bavarian style town in the Pacific Northwest. If you haven’t visited – you have got to put this on your travel wish list! As luck would have it, located right on the outskirts of the town (easily accessible via the free link shuttle), is Leavenworth/Pine Village KOA. Kids really love KOA camps as they have so many activities aimed specifically for children. Its safe for kids to ride their bikes around the campground or just run around exploring with new friends. There are also organized activities (some cost extra) like gem mining, tie dying, build-a-buddy, and ceramic painting. But if you don’t want to shell out extra bucks for those activities – there are lots of free things too: movie nights outside, the pool, bounce houses, and a big playground. Kids will be busy all day!

Note: if you are open to winter camping and you love Christmas time – consider camping here mid-November thru Christmas – the Leavenworth town is awash in Christmas light glory – its truly breathtaking! If you haven’t thought about winter camping before here is a quick guide to check out: Guide to winter tent camping

 

Facilities Snack bar ($)

Pool (seasonal)

WiFi

Propane ($)

Hot tub & Sauna

Firewood ($)

Pavilion

KampK9®

2 dog parks

Garbage pick up

Planned activities

Gem mining

River tubing

Wine & cider tastings

Coffee cabin

Laundry facilities

Playground

Trails throughout the resort

Gift store

 RV/Trailer/Tent Sites

RV/Camper Campsites: 110
Site features: Picnic table

BBQ

Fire pit

Variety of sites: full hook up, partial hook up, dry.

Generators are not allowed

 

Tent Sites: 55
Site features: Fire pit

Picnic table

Near restrooms and bathhouse

 

Cabins

Deluxe Cabins: 27
Site features: 1 & 2 bedroom layouts

Sleep 4-8 people (depending on layout_

Full bath w/shower

Linens provided

Full kitchen

Cable TV

Pets allowed ($)

 

Large Camping Cabins: 14
Site features: Sleeps up to 6

2 bedrooms

Bring your own linens

No kitchen

No bathroom

Pets allowed ($)

 

Small Camping Cabins: 6
Site features: Sleeps up to 4

1 Bedroom

Bring your own linens

No kitchen

No bathroom

Pets allowed ($)

 

Riverbend RV Park

grassy field with RVs in the distance

Open mid-April to end of hunting season

 19961 Hwy 20

Twisp, WA

509-997-3500

Ask about veterans, first responders, Good Sam, AARP, doctors/nurses discount

Campground Map

map of riverbend rv park Calling all families who are outdoor adventure enthusiasts! Do you like swimming, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, hunting, or horseback riding? The eastern foothills of the North Cascades are calling and we’ve found a great little resort just for you – Riverbend RV Park. Located on the banks of Methow River the campsites are spread apart in a grassy meadow with shade trees overhead. The shower and restroom facilities are clean and well-maintained. Outdoor activities in the area include all the water sports on the Methow River or any of the lakes in the area. There are miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails nearby as well which is a wonderful way to bond as a family. —LINK— In town (Twisp), summer weekends have farmers markets, riverside dining, art galleries, coffee shops, and restaurants. Kids might like to visit the Shafer Museum which only costs $5 for adults (kids are free!) where they can walk inside historical buildings and mining display. Winthrop offers several summer festivals, notably the Winthrop Balloon Roundup – which even if you aren’t participating in, its AMAZING to watch!  

Facilities Dog Park

RV parts & supplies

Gift shop

Dump station

Clean bathrooms & showers

WiFi

Cellphone & TV reception

Playfield

Horseshoes & games

Playground

  RV/Tent/Trailer Sites

Tent Sites: 14
Site features: Riverfront sites

Standard sites

Well-behaved pets OK ($)

No RVs allowed on tent sites

 

RV/Camper Campsites: 75
Site features: Variety of sites: pull thru FHU, Drive in/Reverse out FHU, Riverfront FHU, Electric/Water

Well-behaved pets OK ($)

No tents allowed on RV sites

 Group camping

Group Campsite: 1
Site features: Grassy tent area

 

Columbia Sun RV resort

arial view of RV park 103907 Wiser Parkway

Kennewick, WA

509-420-4880

map of columbia river sun rv resort Located in the tri-cities area of Washington, Columbia Sun RV resort is a great pick for families looking to get away to a well-maintained, clean, safe RV resort. (Tent camping isn’t allowed at this resort). The campsites are large, have full hook ups for comfort, and are level. Nearby there are numerous activities that are fun to explore together with the kids. Our favorite is the farmers markets where you can spend a whole morning walking around sampling foods and shopping for crafts from local artisans. In the summer the local area hosts several festivals and events in the parks (check out Art in the Park at Howard Amon Park). At the RV resort itself, kids will enjoy a heated pool, game room, sports courts and a nice playground.

 

Facilities 25 acres

Event center (2000 sq ft, seats 50, tables/chairs for rent, warming kitchen, courtyard BBQ)

2 fenced dog parks

Heated swimming pool & hot tub (seasonal)

12 private restrooms with showers

2 public restrooms with showers

3 laundry facilities

Adult fitness center

Children’s game room

Sports courts

Playground

Pets OK (No pitbulls, rottweilers, Dobermans)

 

RV/Tent/Trailer Sites

Campsites: 145
Site features: All sites have full hookups with 20/30/50 am service

Large sites

Patio

Picnic table

Direct TV line up

Can accommodate rigs up to 100’

8  people max per site

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Steamboat Rock State Park

Steamboat rock mountain

51052 Highway 155
Electric City, WA 99123

(888) 226-7688

Campground map

map of steamboat rock park If your family likes hiking or boating, check out Steamboat Rock State Park located South of Grand Coulee. This is an enormous 5,043-acre park that includes 50,000 feet of freshwater shoreline as well as a gigantic columnar, basaltic rock that you can hike to the top of (650 foot vertical gain). The views from the top are breathtaking. If your kids are up for this hike, it’s a must-do. (Tip: read our guide on how to introduce young children to hiking). Below the hiking trails your family will enjoy 7 watercraft launches and 320 feet of dock on Banks Lake. Hot summer days make spending a day on the water – swimming, boating, fishing the perfect activity for a sporty family. 

Facilities Restrooms/Showers

General Store (fast food, basic groceries, firewood, ice, fishing supplies)

13.1 miles hiking trails

13.1 miles bike trails

10 miles horse trails

Dock

Fishing pier

Kayak rentals

Boating

Fishing (license required)

Fish cleaning stations

Swimming

7 watercraft launches

Waterskiing

Amphitheater

Basketball court

Bird watching

Rock climbing

Sand volleyball court

Playground

Wildlife viewing

Bald eagle viewing (winter)

Ice climbing (winter)

Ice fishing (winter)

Nordic skiing (winter)

Snowshoeing (winter)

RV/Tent/Trailer Sites

Tent Sites (primitive): 70
Site features: Tents must be placed within designated tent pad

Vault toilets

Located at Jones Bay and Osborn Bay

First come/first serve

Tip: bring a camping mat for right outside your tent to reduce dirt/debris LINK

 

Camp Sites (equestrian): 5
Site features: Tents must be placed within designated tent pad

Reservation required

 

RV/Camper Campsites (full hook up): 164
Site features: Full hook up

Max length is 50’

 

RV/Camper Campsites (standard): 26
Site features: Full hook up

Max length is 50’

Cabins

Cabins: 3
Site features

 

Liberty Lake RV Campground

An RV lit up at night

22751 E Appleway Ave

Liberty Lake, WA

509-315-5561

Campground map 

map of liberty lake rv campground If you are looking for a family RV campground in Eastern Washington, check out Liberty Lake RV Campground which sits right between Spokane, WA and Coeur d’Alene, ID. Parents will love the clean, well-maintained central location of this park. Everything feels new and fresh and overall, this a very relaxing location to spend time together as a family! Kids will love the tot playground, basketball court, and heated swimming pool. You can even drive your golf cart into the city of Liberty Lake – where there is shopping, dining and entertainment for the whole family. There are also a bunch of lakes in the vicinity – so if your family likes to hike, fish, or boat its quick access to these locations!  

Facilities On-site dump station

Dog park

Propane fill station

Pickleball court

Basketball court

Tot-lot playground

Laundry facilities (coin operated)

Banquet room (sinks, stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, microwave)

Rec room w/lounge area

Heated pool (seasonal)

Cable TV

WiFi

Modern restrooms & bathhouse

Store (limited RV accessories)

 

RV/Trailer Sites

RV/Camper Campsites: 130
Site features: Concrete pad

Picnic table

Pull through spaces

Full hooks available at every site (water, sewer, electric)

No wood or charcoal fires – propane or pellet only

Up to 3 pets per site (no Pitbull, Rottweiler, Doberman)

No tents allowed

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