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Take in alpine scenery from along a backcountry trail in this remote national park.

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Cascade River Retreat

11 sites 路 RVs, Tents25 acres 路 Marblemount, WA
50% OFF during off seasons!!! This property is a Native American homestead. We are located in Marblemount, WA along the Cascade river. Every site we have you can hear the river and walk to in less that 5 minutes. There is an amazing rocky beach along the river with the view of mountains all around. We are located 4 minutes from the town of Marblemount were there is 2 gas stations with some food and drink items, propane and a small hardware section year round. Marblemount has 3 restaurants open in the summer. The town also a post office. We are 15 minutes from the North Cascades National Park and an entrance to the Pacific Crest Trail. We offer fire wood ($5.00 a bundle), propane fire pits ($10.00 a night, please request ahead via messaging to Heather ) and in season vegetables (price varies depending). You can pay cash or Venmo on site. Please be aware that we have a Firework show for the 4th of July. We really appreciate your interest in our small homestead.
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Winedown Camp at Boulder Creek

1 site 路 RV, Tent1 acre 路 WA
This property is located within a gated cabin community called Cascade River Park Club. Your camping lot is located in a beautiful wooded lot surrounded by trees and vegetation, and a creek that wraps around the property. It includes a large fire pit, 6 Adirondack chairs, a bench overlooking the creek, and a picnic table.
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Forest Farmstead

8 sites 路 Lodging23 acres 路 Rockport, WA
Our old growth temperate rain forest homestead begins the wild and uncut wilderness that extends 40 miles to the Canadian boarder and beyond just as far. Before us it was part of Cascadian Farm (the organic food brand which still operates a lovely ice cream, esspresso, and berry stand adjacent to us), and before that it was one of the first farms this deep into the Cascade Range supplying food for the crews building the dams. We offer both a yurt and tree house.聽You will be on our small farm/homestead that is backed up to the Mount Baker National Forest with undisturbed forest all north all the way to the Canadian border to the north, Baker lake to the north west, and to the North Cascades National park to the North east. The Skagit River flows to the south of us. If you like freezing cold glacier water, we'll provide you with a map where you can walk down to the river to cool off at a safe swimming hole.Guests love staying here "Such a glorious and relaxed stay. The yurt really was a palace, it was so spacious and had many thoughtful amenities. We hiked on the mountain, forded a river and played with Hiland cows, all within walking distance of the yurt. I was worried that it would be cold but we were toasty and were even able to cook full course meals. Terry and Erin were the perfect hosts, responsive and yet non-instrusive. Thank you so much for letting us have this experience!"
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The River's Edge Camp Ground

1 site 路 RV1 acre 路 Concrete, WA
This is a hidden gem! This is waterfront on the river where you can relax, play in the river with your own beach for your stay. It's a Very beautiful private open RV and Trailer Site on the Skagit River. I have currently owned the property for 10 or so years. This is one of my happy places to bring friends and family and relax. This is where we get our river therapy. Nothing better than sitting by the camp fire watching the river flow and listening to the nature. There is a nice big fire pit as well as a log picnic table. Lots of room to lounge around and enjoy the peace and quiet. Watch the eagle and fish on the river as you sit by the campfire. Kayak down the river from RockPort bridge and pull out right at camp. It's about a two and half hour float down with a Kayak right to camp. Close drive to Baker Lake for the day to hike or sight see. An hour or so away from North Cascade Hwy passes. Or if you feel like a drive, head to Winthrop for the day and walk the town. Fishing can be done right at the site or a short walk to the point. Check the fishing regulations for the time of year you want to fish.
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Lil Bit O' Heaven

8 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents3 acres 路 Marblemount, WA
Welcome to Lil Bit O' Heaven. Located right on the Cascade River, you can be beside the river and enjoy a peaceful moment fishing or hanging out at the communal firepit. Our property is a fantastic location for all to go hiking and explore the Mt Baker Wilderness. If you are looking for a safe, quiet basecamp, this is your best opportunity to take a brake from the craziness of Seattle and nearby cities. September 2023 Update: Air Quality is clear and small fires are allowed
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Cascade River Escape

1 site 路 RV, Tent1 acre 路 Marblemount, WA
An enchanting glampsite nestled in the gated Cascade River Community of Marblemount, Washington. Located in close proximity to the breathtaking cascade river, the site offers a peaceful retreat amidst nature's wonders, promising an unforgettable experience for outdoor enthusiasts and seekers of tranquility. The site features two charming cabin structures, designed to provide a cozy space for a restful night's sleep. Each cabin is large enough to accommodate a queen mattress which can be provided upon request. A spacious fire pit sits at the heart of the site, serving as the centerpiece of the property. Gather around the crackling flames, share stories, and enjoy a s'more or two. For additional guests, there is an 8' x 8' space in the back of the property for a tent setup. Wake up to the gentle sounds of of the river and embrace the tranquility of your natural surroundings, ready to embark on a day of exploration and adventure. A card key is required to access the Cascade River Community. You can pick up the card key from a lock box in Marblemount. The combination will be provided before your stay. Escape to the captivating beauty of Cascade River Community in Marblemount; reconnect with nature, unwind, and create everlasting memories in this serene haven.
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The Lookout

2 sites 路 RVs, Tents23 acres 路 Clear Lake, WA
The Lookout is an amazing piece of property with elevations with expansive south facing views of Clear Lake, Rainier, Olympics, and the foothills of the Cascades. The site is perfect for sunsets, a launch pad to activities in Skagit Valley, and most importantly a private mountain bike flow trail (experts only at this time). More trails coming this fall! Check us out on IG @___the_lookout
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Camp Hideaway

5 sites 路 RVs, Tents2 acres 路 Darrington, WA
Welcome to Camp Hideaway in Darrington, Washington鈥攁 nature lover's paradise. Enjoy fishing, kayaking, and scenic trails by day, and cozy evenings around the fire pit playing horseshoes. The playground and tetherball court offer fun for all ages. Cross the charming bridge to the peaceful peninsula for stunning views and fishing. Discover Darrington's wonders鈥攑ack your bags and come explore!
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Concrete Wa Bakerview Getaway

1 site 路 RV1 acre 路 Concrete, WA
Open field, spectacular mountain views of Baker and Sauk, lots of room and privacy, large +1 acre campsite, picnic table, hand pump well on site, portable wood fire pit (have grill insert ,per request) We have just installed 4 new 30 amp RV outlets on the campsite! Can fit more than 5 large trailers! Great area for outdoor games, (Plenty of room for a couple games on the grass at the same time!), short walk to Skagit river beach access, excellent star gazing on clear nights, about 10 minute drive to local hiking trails, local lakes for fishing and boating nearby. Feel free to ask any other questions. ** NOTE** This is only a Trailer/RV/camper van site. Guests love staying with us "We really enjoyed our stay here! It was a great spot for us and our three young boys to hang out and explore. Fantastic open space, yet still private with a nice, easy walk to a beautiful and peaceful beach at the river. The hosts were super friendly and welcoming. The boys are already asking when we can come back:)"
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Eden on the Cape

2 sites 路 RVs, Tents1 acre 路 Concrete, WA
PLEASE NOTE, only 1 RV/trailer is included in the nightly rate. If you are bringing another RV/trailer please update the number of vehicles accordingly during checkout. It is $50 per night per each extra RV/trailer. The additional vehicle includes up to 6 extra guests. Eden on the Cape is a 1 acre lot nestled along the banks of the Skagit River roughly 3 miles west of Concrete, WA. Whether you seek adventure or a quiet basecamp, this is the place for you. Camping and fishing onsite and adventure everywhere you look. Hiking, biking, kayaking, local shopping, it's all here. We have a well graded camping area complete with power and potable water. Bring your outdoor spirit and we will provide the scenery. The area is noted for the large population of bald eagles so bring binoculars because there is almost always something to see on the river. The Skagit River along with Baker Lake and Shannon Lake (just to the north) are great places for fishing so check the WDFW guide to see what is open. Feel free to reach out with any questions. Thank you.
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North Wind House -Historic Cascadia

8 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents30 acres 路 Everson, WA
Step back in time to 1890 on this rustic and authentic organic homestead property. We have worked to ensure that you feel the rich cultural and natural heritage of this rugged wilderness in the North Cascade foothills. Within an hour or two of Seattle, Vancouver BC, Mt Baker, The Salish Sea and so much more. We have lava tube swimming holes on the property, and glacier fed spring water, and The property is adjacent to the easily accessible and incredile Nooksack Valley Gold mine Trail.Come experience life as it once was in the Cascadia bio-region.Learn more about this land:Nestled on the first foothills of the Cascades, this 30 acre聽historic farm property established in 1890 has an array of聽beautiful and private聽tenting sights from grassy fields to lush rainforest. The land聽is rustic and charming with many species聽of trees and wildlife.聽
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Skagit river camping

17 sites 路 RVs, Tents3 acres 路 Sedro Woolley, WA
End of the road. Start of an epic camping weekend. River to the side, Cascade foothill mountains surround. One flush toilet, porta potty and shower. Each site has river access. Sand and grass. Close to the north cascades. Minutes from live music, bars and quality mexican restaurant. Rails to trail for bikes and walking. Tward the end of july the river starts to recede opening up more possibilities of having interaction with the river. That being said its crucial you keep an eye out on your kids. We had a guy out here who almost killed his kids multiple times underestimating the current. Watch out!!Kinda going for the peaceful, listen to the river and birds, vibe. Would rather there be no music and if there is then super low and off by 7
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The best camping near North Cascades National Park guide



Spread out over half a million acres of old-growth forests, glaciers, and alpine lakes, North Cascades National Park is among the most pristine areas in Washington. This massive expanse has a network of hiking trails and ample opportunities for kayaking, mountain biking, and—of course—camping. You won't find the big crowds and extensive facilities common to other national parks here, though there are a few seasonal visitors centers for permits and supplies. The park can be accessed via the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) or by taking a boat to Lake Chelan, north of Leavenworth, and then taking a passenger ferry to remote Stehekin.

North Cascades National Park RV Camping

The northernmost of Washington's national parks, North Cascades National Park is one of the most remote parts of the state. While much of the park is only accessible on foot or by boat, there are quite a few RV-friendly campgrounds. Options include the Colonial Creek North and South Campgrounds, the Newhalem Creek Campground, the Goodell Creek Campground, and the Lower Goodell Creek Group Campground. You can reserve campsites up to six months in advance, though RV sites often fill up quickly. Fortunately, there are plenty of private RV camping聽alternatives within easy reach of the park on Hipcamp, many situated on private patches of land or even on local farms. You'll find a good selection along Washington State Highway 20 in the Marblemount area, and some offer direct access to the raging waters of the Cascade River. Look out for RV amenities like full hookups, dump station access, and firepits.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for RV campers: Newhalem Creek Campground offers easy Skagit River access and numerous sites with hookups that fit small RVs.
  • Best for quiet campers: Gorge Lake Campground near Rockport offers just eight tent-camping sites plus vault toilets, but no potable water.
  • Best for anglers, boaters, and hikers: Colonial Creek Campground offers flush toilets, a fishing pier, a kayak and boat launch, and easy access to the Thunder Knob trailhead

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Campsites can be booked up to six months in advance on the National Park Service website. Reservations open at 7am Pacific Time, so wake up early to secure your spot.
  2. Some campgrounds are also open on a first-come, first-served basis outside of the reservation season.
  3. There are 140 designated backcountry campsites issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Backcountry permits are required and can be obtained on the same day or the day before your trip.
  4. Boat-in camping is offered on Diablo Lake, Ross Lake, and Lake Chelan.

When to go

North Cascades National Park is a summer destination, and many parts of the park are inaccessible due to snowfall throughout much of the year. While the North Cascades National Park Service Complex is open throughout the year, most other park services (including the North Cascades Visitor Center in the town of Newhalem and the Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin) shut down in late September and doesn't open up again until the end of May.

Know before you go

  • The park does not sell ice or even firewood at its campsites. The nearest town for stocking up on groceries and supplies is Marblemount. Further east, Twisp and Winthrop also have plenty of spots to eat, shop, and spend the night.
  • Snow-related closures are common along Highway 20 during the spring months. Always check with the Washington State Department of Transportation before heading out.
  • Fire bans are not uncommon, especially in late summer, when the risk of wildfire is at its highest. Check with the ranger station before starting a fire.

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