9.3
Score

Pros

  • Large, private campsites
  • Open year-round
  • Potable water
  • Flush toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Animal proof food storage
  • Handicap accessible
  • Firewood available
  • Well maintained
  • Pet friendly

Cons

  • No reservations
  • Fills quickly in the summer
  • No RV hookups
  • No showers
  • No dump station
  • Walk-in only during heavy snowfall
Recommended
10
Location
10
Affordability
8
Number of Sites
10
Privacy
10
Facilities
8
Accessibility
9

Heart O’ the Hills is a wonderful option if you’re planning to explore the northern section of Olympic National Park for a few days.

The sites are large and offer plenty of privacy amongst the forest. While the undergrowth of the campground is sparser than other campgrounds in the area, the old-and-new-growth trees still manage to block your site from the view of public areas. Heart O’ the Hills is also the closest campground to Hurricane Ridge, which is one of Olympic National Park’s most popular areas that’s definitely worth the hype.

Camping

The 105 sites at Heart O’ the Hills are split into multiple loops and are first-come, first-served year-round. The sites can accommodate RVs up to 35′, although most of them are only large enough for 21′. In the winter months during heavy snowfall, the campground is walk-in only.

Because Heart O’ the Hills is the only campground on Hurricane Ridge Road and is extremely close to Port Angeles, it fills up quickly in the summer and on weekends — make sure to arrive early to get the best sites! Each site has its own fire ring and picnic table but no hookups.

Fees

The sites are reasonably priced at $20/night and are self-registered; you won’t get any money back for overpayment.

You’ll also need to purchase a National Park Pass to enter Olympic National Park, which Heart O’ the Hills in located in.

Facilities, Amenities & Things to Do

The flush washrooms, potable water, amphitheater, and firewood are all centrally located. However, there are no showers or dump stations. The washrooms may require a short walk to visit depending on your campsite location.

The amphitheater hosts wonderful, family-friendly, interpretive programs from late June to September.

The small trail system that circles the campground is fun to explore, although, most people head to Hurricane Ridge or Klahhane Ridge for the magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains.

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Have you stayed at Heart O’ the Hills Campground? What did you think?