Located at the end of the Hood Canal and spanning all of two blocks, Hoodsport is your entryway to Washington's Olympic National Park. A winery, café, ice cream shop, and grocery store are all a short walk from the pier and there's not much else here at the base of the Olympic Mountain Range, where ships anchor offshore and you'll reach the pier by skiff.
What We Love
The Staircase: Enjoy a day of hiking and picnic lunches on this trail in Olympic National Forest alongside the Skokomish River. Animal sightings, including brown bear and black-tailed deer, are always a possibility.
Wine Sipping: If you are looking for something low-impact, make your way to the Hoodsport Winery just south of town to taste local Washington State wines and enjoy a scenic mountain view.
Best Known For
Olympic National Forest: Home to Lake Cushman and the Skokomish River, this forest in the southeastern corner of Olympic National Park offers activities that take you into an enchanted, moss-covered wilderness of giant fallen logs, massive boulders, and all sorts of mushrooms. Gaze up at western red cedars, Douglas fir, and hemlock trees as you follow well-maintained trails around a mix of old- and new-growth forest.
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Who It's Best For
Anyone Who Lives and Breathes the Great Outdoors: Hikers and nature lovers will be in their element ascending trails, crossing raging streams and, of course, stopping for lunch by the river.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Pack for Wet Weather: Rain gear is essential, even if it looks like a sunny day — conditions can change quickly in the forest. A backpack is a must as you remove or add layers and carry your lunch, water, and snacks.
John Roberts is a New Jersey-based writer for ShermansCruise who worked at The Virginian-Pilot.