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The best camping near Rainbow Falls State Park

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The cascades are small, the trees are huge, and the adventures are unforgettable.  

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The Hairy Eagle Lookout 🦅

3 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Olympia, WA
Experience breathtaking views! Positioned atop a 500ft hill, you will witness phenomenal sights of Puget Sound inlets, Mount Rainer, St Helens, Adams, and much more on a clear day. Resting against the Capitol State Forest, and mere miles away from Olympic National Forest, this serene secluded location is surrounded by majestic beauty. Recently awarded runner-up for the best Hipcamp in Washington 2023!
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Unique Bay Front Camping

5 sites · RVs6 acres · Aberdeen, WA
PLEASE NO FIREWORKS ON SITE OR SURROUNDING AREA. We bought this land in 2017, there were 7 derelict mobile homes on the property. We cleaned up the area and remodeled the house next door and put in the 5 RV sites. We hope you enjoy this property as much as we do, it is a one-of-a-kind beautiful, quiet place. All of our sites have full hook-ups (water, sewer, and power). The sites are just a couple feet from the bay with access to miles of beach hiking. You can walk to Bottle Beach State Park which is approximately 1 mile north or hike about a mile south to Elk River. Enjoy unobstructed views of Westport and the freight ships coming into the harbor. Enjoy a peaceful beach with amazing sunsets. Whether you are surfing for the weekend or tuna-fishing, this is your go to spot - you will not be disappointed. Westport is 7 miles by car and the Westport Winery is only 5 miles. There is two nearby boat launches - one off of Elk River just 2 miles away and the other off of Johns River launch just 6 miles away. We are located in the middle of an outdoor paradise and want others to enjoy all it has to offer. ***If you have questions about how to add sites to your reservation or change dates, please reach out to HipCamp support. They will be able to better assist you.***
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Batwater Station on Columbia River

10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents60 acres · Clatskanie, OR
Batwater Station is located halfway between Portland and the Oregon Coast on the Columbia River. A private refuge where river otter, beaver, mink, muskrat, seals, raccoons along with threatened Columbia river white tailed deer can be seen. Property has 1,000 feet of boat docks, river deck, and pier. At the pier is a full kitchen, heated bathroom and shower room. Included are 2 outhouses, a fire pit for summer months, a viewing station overlooking the wetlands along with brick charcoal fired barbecue and another propane barbecue. We are committed to your privacy so guests are limited and spread out. High speed internet through out the property. Batwater worked with several agencies when we breeched a levee and flooded 26 acres for salmon and wildlife habitat. Hike along the wetlands and see beaver dams and dens. Batwater is also home for many types of birds including eagles, osprey, tree swallow, purple martins, barn swallows, wood ducks, common and hooded mergansers, mallards, scoots, scaups, grebes, cormorants, great egrets, blue herons, geese and many types of song birds . In the spring and summer see our returning osprey who have. nested on our dock since 2013. There are now 2 osprey platform since a pair of Canada geese choose that as their nesting site as well. Some bald eagles winter here but we have our resident bald eagles Hep and Hope. They arrived in 2003 to start their nest on Crims Island. They still nest there although there old nest tree collapsed in 2020. Many birds migrate here for the winter. Common mammals are river otter, mink, muskrat, raccoons, nutria, coyotes, black tailed and threatened Colombia White Tailed deer. We also are home to native turtles and frogs. Batwater is a working farm with cattle feeding on lush pastures, 2 retired horses and chickens. When eggs are available, we will share some with you. Batwater is a great place to kayak, canoe, paddle board or row during the summer months. We have windy afternoons for windsurfers or sailors. The Columbia River is well known for salmon, and sturgeon. For an extra fee you can moor your larger boat while visiting. There are a volley ball and badminton set ups along with horse shoes during the summer months. We suggest swimming during the summer months when the tide is coming in or slack. You can also walk or drive down to Mayger beach which is popular with locals. There are sandy beaches on Crims island that you can paddle over too. Check out the pictures for more information.
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Relax by the River

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Castle Rock, WA
We have a 1/2 acre property on the Cowlitz River in the middle of Cooks Ferry Park in Castle Rock WA. We bought the property to relax in a beautiful setting close to home. We only live 15 minutes away. The property is made up of dredge spoils from when Mt. Saint Helens blew and is inside of a park where people can go to fish and enjoy the river. There are only 8 lots privately owned and we are the first lot that you come to. There is plenty of room for an RV. Guests can also tent camp or stay in our shack that has a sleeper sofa. There are snacks, a sign in book, an axe, briquets, a fire extinguisher, and other items the shack. ​There is a picnic table, fire pit, BBQ, and wood stove. There is a porta potty on the property. We keep our travel trailer there to enjoy when we can. We will try our best to not be there when you are staying at the property but if you book less than 1 week in advance, we may be there.  In summer, we may be kayaking. We put in upriver and get out at the property. If that is a problem, please message me before you book. If you continue going past our property, there are some nice rock beaches with pretty views. People fish there and wade in the water in the summer. Castle Rock is a cute little town with some nice shops, restaurants and bars. I recommend checking it out! We are not picky about check in/check out time. It would only matter if someone else was checking in the day you are checking out. Please ask if you expect to arrive earlier or want to check out later. If your plans change, please cancel through Hipcamp to get a refund.
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Pace Family Lavender & Hobby Farm

2 sites · RVs3 acres · Adna, WA
Small family owned and operated Lavender Farm, located five miles from Interstate 5, Chehalis. The 3.5 acre property encompasses several natural landscapes and areas to relax. Wooded and grassy views, wildflowers, flower garden, a seasonal mercantile, Cabin in the Woods, and seasonal activities are a few special attractions we offer! Our neighbors have eggs! Please let me message me ahead of time if you'd like me to arrange for some. $4 dozen. Our home is right next to the farm---so we are here for you, if needed! Please make note of the site address for the lower entry gate (586 Chilvers Road, Chehalis (Adna), WA 98532). We look forward to meeting you and sharing our property!
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Creekside Forest Bike Trails and RV

6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents56 acres · Chehalis, WA
We are located on top of Bunker Hill nestled between the Dunn creek and Chehalis river. Our property is 54 acres of mixed biomes including old forests, open meadows, and creek side trails. The site offers about half a mile car / camp friendly forest trails that parallel the Dunn creek. The property offers secluded campsites both on the Dunn creek as well as potential campsites on either side of our private road that offers access to campsites along the tree line at the bottom of the hill. There are four RV spots with full onsite hook-up, water, power and sewage just nearby for both large and small campers. There is also an on location bathroom for campers with a full shower. 1 mile from Rainbow Falls State Park, about half an hour from I-5, 1.5 hours from Olympic National Park, Mt Rainier National Park, Mt St Helens National Park, 2 hours from Long Beach & Westport
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Reiki Ranch RV Camping

8 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Chehalis, WA
We were teaching Reiki (energy healing classes) by going on the road to hotels and seminars, but we wanted a peaceful place with a country setting to teach these training classes. We found this beautiful place with spring water to drink and lots of forest land behind our 22 acres and we have been here 21 years. We are into natural/alternative healthy living and energy healing. We are good stewards of the land and will be happy to share it with you.
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Camp Hope

14 sites · RVs, Tents1000 acres · Oakville, WA
This is a quiet and secluded camping location with ACCESS to the river, access to farm land, ponds and DNR land. Our camp spots are private and not stacked on top of each other. We also have cows in our neighboring farm and places for you to walk, trails to hike and places to fish and duck hunt. Right now we have dry camping with outdoor honey buckets. Our goal is to have showers and running water soon. We are working on a 💯 solar ran facility soon. We are wanting something that you can clear your mind, camp In peace. We want our campers to help in the developing process. We also offer wood for sale and all of our sites have wood burning areas. We also have ice and delivery services. WE ARE VW Friendly!!! Lol We are about 45 minutes from ocean beaches, only a few minutes from the best riding, hiking and boating in the world. We have a cute bar and restaurant within a mile. Also gas and groceries are close as well. Boat launch is about 1/2 a block easy access.
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RC ISLAND

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Cathlamet, WA
The property is a flat beachfront with 200ft Columbia river frontage located on Puget Island in Cathlamet, Washington with panoramic views.  Campers can enjoy private access to beach and privacy during their stay.The island was named for Peter Puget, a lieutenant in the Vancouver Expedition of exploration, which first mapped the island in 1792. Puget Island's Robert W. Little Preserve is home to a population of endangered Columbian white-tailed deer.You can walk the beach, kayak the Columbia River, or ride bikes on miles of flat Puget Island roads. There's also hiking, swimming in the Columbia on our beach, fishing, wild life viewing that entails many bird species (hawks, eagles, white tail deer). Long Beach on the Pacific ocean is 1 hour away. During your stay, you'll even see ships cruise by very closely. The property has easily accessible no matter the size of your RV and there's plenty of room to park multiple vehicles. We look forward to meeting and greeting you!
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Lost Valley Farm Camp

5 sites · RVs, Tents31 acres · WA
We hope you will come enjoy the refreshing privacy and quiet of camping on our beautiful, small-scale, organic farm. This is a great place to get away from the scattered urgency of modern life. We want you to reconnect with what matters most and get some new inspiration! We are 25 minutes west of I-5, halfway between Seattle and Portland. Pacific Ocean beaches are 1.5 hours away. Our guests love the near-by swimming hole, shared fire areas, fresh produce and clean outhouses. Meeting the farm animals, napping in the hammocks, mastering the rope swing and wandering the many paths are also memory-makers. Some of our "extras" -- Farm Tours, Propane Firebowls, Saunas, and more -- are available for purchase when you make your booking. ALL SITES have flat tent spots, a picnic table, hammock, sun, shade, outhouse access and room to park. Sites are 300 feet apart, on average. More details about each site can be seen in the listing. If you are un-sure WHICH ONE to choose, send a message describing your "party" and desired experience. We will help you select a site. We also have areas that can be turned into a "group kitchen" if you want to reserve the ENTIRE camping area for a reunion, party, retreat, training, etc. Come recharge yourself in our little corner of God's Pocket!
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Deer Haven Family Farm

6 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Olympia, WA
Conveniently located just 2.2 miles from I-5 is 10 acres of beautiful farm land with Beaver creek running through it. There are trees, open playing fields and volleyball net, play yard with trampoline and rope swings, pond with adjacent deck and fire pit, a footbridge over the creek to access trails and tent sites. We offer full hook ups for 7 RV spots. Also great for tents. We welcome your furry friends, but please count them as a person when booking. Hot outdoor showers are available to campers mid March through mid October. There is one composting toilet near the volleyball field. Wildlife likely to be seen: black-tailed deer, raccoons, grey squirrels, rabbits, opossum, various birds, frogs and crawdads.
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Green Acres for Friends and Fam

3 sites · Tents22 acres · Centralia, WA
Green Acres is a beautiful 22 acre piece of land with a creek running top to bottom. Their is a lush valley where the campsites are, a 6 acre pasture and woods to hike, discover and play. We are conveniently located at the halfway point between Seattle and Portland. Centralia has a lot of recreational opportunities, plenty of shopping and dining. Come and discover Green Acres and Lewis County. Learn more about this land: 3 camp sites available ...set up your tent...each site has a grill...4 minute walk to your car...2 miles from the center of Centralia...lots of nearby activities and scenery.. 4 miles to Interstate 5...beautiful and secluded...Downtown Centralia has great antique shopping local restaurants and watering holes.
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The best camping near Rainbow Falls State Park guide

Overview

About

Step into this 129-acre patch of Washington's natural heritage. The park covers a rare old growth forest teeming with cedar, Douglas fir, hemlock, and other old growth trees. At the focal point is the humble namesake waterfall with a spray casting rainbows into the sky.

With 3,400 feet of shoreline along the Chehalis River, this park is a haven for fishing and free swimming (Who needs beaches anyway?)

There are also 3 miles of lush multi-use trails through loamy woods. Explore them on foot, by bike or on horseback. If that's not enough to satisfy your trail cravings, nearby Willapa Hills State Park Trail offers 22 miles of scenic beauty.

Thanks to the nearby trail, camping here is always popular. Rainbow Falls offers more than 50 sites, including horse camping sites, hiker/biker sites, and RV sites. You also find a dump station and restrooms with token-run hot showers. Book your site in advance to guarantee your spot.

Notable campgrounds

  • Standard Campsites: Enjoy the classic camping experience with 40 sites set amid the park's natural beauty.
  • Partial Hookup Sites: Eight sites offer added convenience for campers with partial utility hookups.
  • Group Camp: Ideal for larger gatherings, this camp accommodates up to 60 people with 14 camping units.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, as the park's popularity can lead to quickly filled reservations.
  • Consider visiting during the off-peak season for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellation policies and last-minute openings for unexpected opportunities.
  • Explore nearby camping options to maximize your chances of finding the perfect site.

When to go

The best time to visit Rainbow Falls State Park is during the summer months when the weather is warm and the park is fully accessible. However, the park's beauty can be enjoyed year-round from 8am to dusk. Winter visits offer a tranquil escape, though some amenities may be limited.

Know before you go

  • Ensure you have a Discover Pass; an annual pass is $30, and a one-day pass is $10.
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash at all times within the park.
  • Check for any burn bans or fire restrictions before lighting a campfire in designated areas.
  • Accessible campsites and restrooms are available for visitors with disabilities.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing in the Chehalis River, available through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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