North America, United States
The Hoh Rain Forest in the Olympic National Park in Washington is one of the world’s wettest places with an annual rainfall of 12 – 14 feet every year!
Telling people about rain isn’t generally the way to tempt them to visit a place but in the case of Hoh Rain Forest it is precisely this tremendous rainfall that makes it such a delightful place to see. The forest is lush, green and home to the glorious blue Hoh River. The entire place feels as though it could have been the inspiration for any enchanted forest read about during childhood.
Hoh Rain Forest is also famous for its giant trees – Sitka spruce, Big-leaf maple, Douglas-fir and Western red-cedar can all be found here. Many of these trees are hundreds of years old and some stand at a hugely impressive 300 feet tall!
Hiking is a great way to explore the forest and if you visit during the summer we recommend starting your visit at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Centre where staff can give you information about the area and ideas about how to spend your time here. Unfortunately the centre is closed from December to March so if you visit during these months if you will have to manage alone! From the centre you will find two short nature trails – the Hall of Mosses Trail which is 0.8 miles long and the Spruce Nature Trail which is 1.2 miles long.
These trails are a nice introduction to the forest and are perfect if you, or anyone you are travelling with, are unable to walk too far. If you are looking for something longer you could consider the Hoh River trail – this is 17.4 miles long and takes you to Glacier Meadows by Mount Olympus. Of course it isn’t necessary to complete the trail in its entirety – visitors can choose to complete any section of the trail they wish,
Hoh Rain Forest has a year round campground for visitors wanting to stay a few days and there are also a number of accommodation options just outside of the park’s boundaries.
The Hoh Rain Forest has a campground that is open year round, with 88 sites located in the old growth forest along the river.
The forest is on the west side of Olympic National Park and is less than an hour’s drive from the town of Forks and around a two hour drive from Port Angeles.
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