The best camping near North Cascades National Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next North Cascades National Park adventure.

The best camping near North Cascades National Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next North Cascades National Park adventure.

Camping near North Cascades National Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next North Cascades National Park adventure.

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

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Cascade River Retreat

18 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Marblemount, WA
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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High Bluff

13 sites · RVs, Tents13 acres · Bellingham, WA
High Bluff Campgrounds are situated on 13 acres of pure nature. Offering 8 camp sites suitable for tenting and campers, and 3 RV sites with water and electrical hook ups. Each camp site has a firepit with cooking grill top, and a picnic table. Enjoy a complimentary bundle of firewood upon your arrival. The camp sites have community potable water, portable toilets, and power. Large Chuckanut boulders lie on the mountain side surrounded with large cedar and alder trees. Just minutes to Old Fairhaven and downtown Bellingham, but yet tranquil and private. Lake Samish is also 5 minutes away for swimming and boating. Galbraith and Squires Mountain are close by for the mountain bike community! ATTENTION: Trail is under maintenance! Also new this year is our own private hiking trail to High Bluff. This advanced hiking trail is a challenging jaunt to magnificent views of Lake and surrounding mountains.
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Eagle Haven Winery

3 sites · Tents41 acres · Sedro Woolley, WA
Nestled in the picturesque Skagit Valley, our expansive 41-acre property beckons with natural beauty and diverse offerings. Explore our enchanting landscape, which boasts 10 1/2 acres of flourishing apple and pear orchards, 6 acres adorned with lush grape vines, and nearly 3 acres dedicated to Christmas trees, offering hidden gems for camping enthusiasts! Each tent site is equipped with fire rings for cozy evenings under the stars, and potable water sources are conveniently located nearby. Additionally, our spacious grounds feature a sprawling open grassy area, perfect for accommodating tents, pop-up campers, and RVs alike. Come experience the tranquility and charm of our Skagit Valley sanctuary, where adventure and relaxation await amidst nature's splendor!
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Glacier Peak Resort and Winery

39 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Rockport, WA
We are a small boutique resort nestled in the North Cascades. Cabins, RV spots, or Tents on the river. We have you covered. Perfect spot for your entire group or family. Perfect for large groups, reunions, or retreats. Enjoy the scenery, take a walk on one of our many trails, go fishing (must have a license of course), wine tasting, wildlife watching, or just relax in the tranquil scenery. Get back to nature and unplug! Our Property lies on the Skagit River. Just steps away from catching a King, Coho, chinook, Chum, Sockeye, or Humpy (Pink), and when in the season of course. Steelhead fishing both summer and winter on the Skagit. The hiking is out of the world with trails for the family, the experienced, or weekend warriors who just want to explore the raw beauty of the great outdoors. We are a great hub, close to everything but with the cozy comfort of home
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Rusty Ranch Tree Farm and Forest

14 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents110 acres · Bellingham, WA
Welcome to our tree farm and working forest. Looking for an ideal family getaway spot? With our unique location nestled in the foothills of Stewart Mt and the peaceful Squalicum Valley, Rusty Ranch offers 110 acres and easy access to much of our local recreation options and is only 10 min east of Bellingham. Our camp area is spacious and can can easily accomidate your family and even a couple of friends. Scattered trees offer shade, the large grassy areas provide ample space to roam. We were recently awarded a top FARM STAY award from Hipcamp. Our site is dedicated to "Eduction through Exploration" and we strive to provide you with more than just camping. Rusty Ranch Tree Farm is geared for families and friends to not just camp, but to learn about and experience nature and forestry. Hike the several miles of nature trails on the hillside and explore our 65 acres of certified forest. Placards on the nature trail are part of our self-guided tour and provide information about forestry and the plants and animals that call this their home. You may also request a guided informational tour for your group. Wander through the old growth groves, walk the 50' boardwalk and see the magical Fern Ridge. There are abundant wildflowers and seasonal berries to pick, as well as a variety of fall apples and pears in the old orchard available for self harvest. You can even purchase a tree to take home and plant. We also offer a roadside farm stand with fresh seasonal fruits and veggies as well as farm fresh eggs. We are normally closed Monday through Wednesday except holidays. Sites may be made available by special request. We hope you will come and stay with us for your next adventure.
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Busters on the Sauk

2 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Darrington, WA
This place feels like your deep in the wilderness, 4G fading in and out, right on the Sauk river. Within walking distance to Darrington. Downhill mt bike park across town 10 minutes away. Skatepark and pump track in town, 5 minutes away. Its basically on the Mt loop highway. Great access to hikes. Right now were working on cleanup as articles of garbage have been adding up over the long tenure of Busters domination.
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Camp Keyser Forest Camp

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Swede Heaven, WA
Camp Keyser is a wooded 5 acre parcel in the mountains, near mountain loop highway - in the center of everything wonderful in the northern cascade mountains. We have one private cabin and 6 campsites. Tent campers will enjoy the lush landscape of a mature forest with sites along the (seasonal) Thirsty Creek. Nearby (3 minute walk), users can contemplate views of Whitehorse Mountain, Jumbo Mountain, Glacier Peak, and Whitechuck Mountain. This part of the Stillaguamish valley and the adjacent Mountain Loop Highway is known for a great selection of hiking trails, at all skill levels. It is perfect hub for all of your outdoor interests. The trailhead for the summit of Whitehorse Mountain is just a mile away, as is Old Mine Road trail (45 minute hike ending in 2 waterfalls). A 15-20 minute walk takes campers to a swimming hole in the cool Stillaguamish river for a dip or a paddle. Even closer is Whitehorse Regional Trail (great for biking, walking and horseback riding) built on the bed of the former BNSF railroad through the North Stillaguamish River Valley, spanning over 27 miles. The nearly level trail meanders through the valley, rewarding visitors with picturesque, landscape views of forests, farmland, streams and rivers, and mountain vistas. Sites have a generous fire pit and access to a Porta-Potty. For bathing I recommend cool dip in the Stillaguamish River. In season there is also fishing, snowshoeing, concerts at the blue grass festival grounds, a rodeo, and so much more.
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North Cascades Basecamp

3 sites · Lodging, Tents2 acres · WA
Situated under 5 miles from the North Cascades National Park West Entrance, this secluded and lush property provides ample rest, relaxation and preparation for your explorations in the North Cascades. Stay here to get an alpine start on a climb, camp here in the winter for a basecamp for your backcountry skiing and snowmobiling adventures, or use it to recharge from the busy city life.
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Camp We Nap

3 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Concrete, WA
Welcome to your wooded riverfront paradise! Over 500 feet of river front land with 2 acres of woods no amenities, you bring it in you take it out campfires are allowed but you must make sure there are no burn bans. You may drive onto property but don't drive onto the beach You can park right next to your tent or camper if you wish no overnight beach camping but you may hang out ther during the day. There may be 2 other groups on this property. You can also book all sites for a discount if you want the property to yourself $100 a night, message me for availability Off leash pets welcome Property manager will check in to make sure everything onsite is in order for the comfort of all of our guests Conveniently located just a 10-minute drive from local amenities, including bars, gas stations, and grocery stores, our property offers easy access to everything you need for a comfortable stay Whether you're casting a line for fish, taking a refreshing dip in the river, or embarking on a thrilling river rafting or kayaking expedition, there's no shortageof water-based activities to enjoy. Off-roading enthusiasts will delight in exploring nearby trails, while hunters can seek out game in the surrounding forest. In the winter months, snowmobiling and snowboarding are popular pastimes, offering adrenaline-pumping fun against a backdrop of snowy landscapes. And for those who prefer a more leisurely pursuit, birdwatching along the riverbank promises sightings of a variety of wild avian species. To enhance your outdoor experience, we offer a variety of extras for purchase. From recreational equipment like bikes, kayaks, and hammocks to camping essentials like tents and sleeping bags, we have everything you need to make the most of your time in nature. Need something specific that's not on the list? Just send us a message, and we'll do our best to accommodate your request. So pack your bags, gather your friends and family, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure at our wooded riverfront retreat. Your outdoor paradise awaits!
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Magic Mountain Camp Experience

3 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Maple Falls, WA
This location is 30 minutes from Mt Baker Ski Resort and artist point! We have a few "walk-to" sites, to pitch a tent and have a blast! Each site is very secluded and fit for 4-6 people, one site fits 10 or more. Take a breath of fresh air and relax! Enjoy the lake, it's great for dipping your feet in and enjoying the wildlife. Also, we hope you enjoy the forest full of trees and the songbirds that live in them! Watch eagles and other wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy your stay!! (Experiences may vary.) Amenities on-site include drinking water and a super clean porta-potty! 🎉Shirts available online as well🎉 ✨Copy and paste link in browser✨ https://www.alteredmindsfs.com/products/magic-camp-t-shirt
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Camping on the Skagit River

6 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Sedro Woolley, WA
Situated between acres of blueberry fields and the mighty Skagit River, these camping spots and RV hookups offer relaxation, scenic beauty, and close proximity to town amenities. Located just east of Burlington, hiking and biking trails are close, but sitting by the river and relaxing is the preferred option for many. A bath houses equipped with a clean toilet , shower and laundry facilities add to the convenience and attraction of this camping spot. *this is a first come first serve for campsites , the RV sites are meant to hold a larger party with more parking available. The $75 campsites are for the smaller groups and are closer to the river.
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Lil Bit O' Heaven Camping

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents3 acres · Marblemount, WA
Welcome to Lil Bit O' Heaven Camping! Here you will find beautiful and unique places to camp right on the Cascade River, approximately 3 minutes outside of Marblemount, WA. We are right next to the Marblemount Boat Launch and within an easy walk into town if you want to visit the local restaurants or need camping gear. Our property has five tent campsites on the river as well as a 26' glamping dome (previously used for artic research) completely painted with a galaxy of the night sky. A converted antique hay trailer turned tiny house with an 8' ceiling loft with 3-way views of the forest and river, deck, and private "magic spot" on the Cascade River. The Lil Bit O Heaven Campground is the perfect base camp for your summer adventure! Firewood is available onsite most of the summer. Fresh, clean drinking water, permanent bathrooms and a private shower are available for all campers. An outdoor (completely private) shower is available for those who book the tiny house. Please note that you must follow any local fire bans. Please check the fire conditions PRIOR to making a campfire. Please note that there are areas where you can get directly to the side of the Cascade River, and the river is swift and dangerous! It is not safe for swimming and no safe for unattended children and/or pets.
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The best camping near North Cascades National Park guide

Overview

About

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 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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