Tucked under the Western slopes of the Olympic Mountains directly across the river from the Bogachiel State Park, the Virago Campground welcomes you to the quintessential Olympic Peninsula experience. Hike along a sandy river trail frequented by the local wildlife or take a swim in the majestic Bogachiel herself. Don’t be surprised if you see Bald Eagles, Salmon, Deer, Elk o
Tucked under the Western slopes of the Olympic Mountains directly across the river from the Bogachiel State Park, the Virago Campground welcomes you to the quintessential Olympic Peninsula experience. Hike along a sandy river trail frequented by the local wildlife or take a swim in the majestic Bogachiel herself. Don’t be surprised if you see Bald Eagles, Salmon, Deer, Elk or any of the many species of bustling local birds. Pick up a fishing license and try your luck at catching dinner! Steelhead are a local favorite. Make sure to pack a hammock or bring your favorite chair and relax among Alder, Cottonwood, Spruce, Maple, Douglas Fir and Dogwood. More of a sun seeker? Simply soak it up in the gentle rolling meadow filled with dragonflies, hummingbirds and lots of light.
The Virago Campground is a perfect place to home-base your visit to the stunning Olympic Peninsula.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Remember to buy a license before putting your pole in the water. :)
Surfing is available at Ruby Beach, 21 miles south of the Virago Campground
A good size swimming hole is available under the 101 bridge.
There are over 300 species of birds found on the Olympic Peninsula. The Virago Campground is home to Swifts, Swallows, Owls, Ea...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Virago Camp: Forest Sites in Washington.
Quintessential Olympic Peninsula rainforest.
River, stream, or creek
There is a sandy beach at the swimming hole.
The entrance to the Virago Campground is off the Smith Road. Campers must park and walk their gear to their camp sites (approx....Read more
The vibe at Virago Camp: Forest Sites
Places to see near Virago Camp
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Great location on olympic coast
Great place to stay along the Olympic coast. A good central location, clean outhouse, easy access dumpster. Would recommend to adventurers who are unable to find a campsite or just want something easy to rely on. The host went above and beyond to accommodate to our stay.
Virago Camp was a treat! We were lucky enough to nab a spot here on opening weekend after the first reservation we made in a camp nearby fell through. Janice was very welcoming and responsive with our same-day booking and her friendly dad Ray offered us complimentary firewood and kindling upon arrival, then came by to check how everything was going on Day 2. With camp spots perched just above the Bogachiel River and sweet forest sounds of birds and tree frogs surrounding us staying here was a treat; the central location was also perfect for day trips to Ruby Beach, the Hoh Rainforest and more. Thank you, Janice - we’ll definitely be back!
A little paradise near forks, wa
Virago Camp is along the beautiful Bogachiel River, a lovely setting and home base to explore the wonders of Olympic National Park. It camp was just as described. I had a lush forest site, and the meadow sites looked wonderful in the sun. All the sites are just a short walk from the parking area and the rugged wagons provided were big enough for all our gear and super easy to use. The fire pits was a treat and we really enjoyed hanging around the campfire. All sites were booked during our stay yet it was still very peaceful. Janice was a wonderful host.
We had a good time staying at this campsite near Forks which we were able to book last minute when most other campgrounds were full. We didn’t see the host but the campsite was easy to find and carts are provided to bring your stuff the short walk from parking to campsites. The campsite was kind of crowded, with folks at all of the numbered campsites and a few other groups in the field, and the campsites are fairly close together but everyone was quiet and respectful. One thing to note is the campsites are gravel so make sure to bring a tent footprint and comfy pads if that will bother you.
The sites were much too tiny and compacted together. Of the 6 sites that are situated in the woods, only two were actually level. The other 4 were on inclines. Site 3 is particularly bad, as there’s really no way to set up a larger tent, a table and actually have a fire going. There are no tables either. The entire grounds felt like they were set up for hike in or bike in, just because they’re so small.
Virago is very close to the road. This makes it convenient and easy to find, but also means there is road noise. At night time, the road was quiet, but in the early AM, there was noise from lumber trucks.
The river is right next to camp and the water was super clear. There is not much of a beach along the camp, but on the east end (under the bridge) it is nice and open.
This was my first time using hipcamp so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Virago ended up being a great pick. We originally picked site #3 but upon arrival we realized it was a bit more exposed than other sites there. I contacted Janice to see if we could use one of the other sites available, which seemed more private- she responded quickly and was very accommodating. The best forest sites for more privacy comparatively speaking are site 2 and 5. The campsite is smaller than a traditional campground, which was nice especially given COVID time. There were only a couple other groups there during our stay and maintaining social distance was easy. To get down to the sites is not far of a walk but there is a decent size hill. Janice provides great carts but expect to pull a heavy load up the hill. The firepits are great but there are no tables at any of the sites. Make sure to bring something to use if you are needing more than the ground. There is one shared picnic table for all the sites. The sites are not far from route 101, which means there are loud trucks through out the night- so if you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs. There are two outhouses, which were clean. And, the camp has river access. But, do know it would not be accessible for those with mobility challenges. Janice stopped by briefly and was very friendly. Overall it was a great trip and the campsite provided what we were look for.
Fun car camping!
Campsite was clean and river access was great! You are quite close to your neighbors, but trees and foliage provide some privacy. However, you can hear a lot from surrounding sites so this would not be a good place to party/play loud music. Overall it was a great car camping site with plenty of room for social distancing.
Great family camping site
Had an EXCELLENT weekend! The site was easy to get to, complimentary wagons are available to help with packing in and packing out your gear. It’s pet friendly, all of the dogs played together in the huge meadow area. The portapotties are clean and there’s even a toy box so campers can play large Jenga or other games. We stayed in the forest sites and each one has privacy from the others so it’s perfect. This trip exceeded my expectations, we are definitely going back!!!!!