Fairholme Campground is on the reservation system during the peak season summer months, generally late May through mid to late September of each year.
The reservation season for Fairholme Campground is May 25, 2023 - September 20, 2023.
Important changes to booking windows: To better serve visitors, Fairholme Campground will be releasing campsites in a series of three staggered block releases by loop. These block releases will be 6 months in advance, two weeks in advance, and 4 days in advance.
• B loop campsites and the majority of the walk-to sites will be available for reservation 6 months in advance.
• C loop campsites and most of the remaining walk-to sites will be available for reservations 2 weeks in advance.
• A loop campsites and walk-to site 85 will be available for reservations 4 days in advance.
The campground may open on a first-come, first serve basis during the spring depending on weather before the reservation season.
Fairholme Campground is located next to Lake Crescent on the north side of the Olympic Peninsula in Olympic National Park. The campground sits in an old-growth forest surrounded by steep mountains. Fairholme Campground features walk-in lakefront campsites and several drive-in campsites that provide views of Lake Crescent. The campground is large and set amidst a peaceful forest that thrives on the region's high annual rainfall. Rain or shine, it is one of the most visited areas of the park.
Fairholme Campground is a large facility with 84 campsites, including walk-in lakeside campsites and one ADA accessible site. Each site has a campfire ring and picnic table. Food storage lockers are provided in some, but not all campsites. Drinking water is available at each bathroom and water spickets are also located along the trails to the walk-in campsites. There are no RV hookups at this facility, but a RV water fill station and RV septic dump station are located next to the campground where the boat launch is. Payment is required for each use of the RV septic dump station. The nearest gas station is located 17 miles west on US Highway 101 at the junction with SR 113. The nearest shower facility is Bogachiel State Park (35 miles one way) located off US Highway 101. Payment is required for use of shower facilities. Campers can purchase firewood at Fairholme General Store, Lake Crescent Lodge, and Log Cabin Resort.
This campground has a 7-day maximum stay limit during the reservation season. There is a 21-day maximum stay limit for all Olympic National Park campgrounds collectively in a calendar year.
Call the recorded line at (360) 565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).
Expect long delays at Heart O’ the Hills Entrance Station and Hoh Rain Forest Entrance Station. In order to avoid waiting in line for long periods of time at Entrance Stations, plan on arriving before 10:00 AM or after 5:00 PM.
Entrance fees: Save time at park entrances by purchasing your digital park entrance passes on Recreation.gov at no additional cost. Once purchased, passes for Olympic National Park must be printed prior to use. While in the park, the paper copy is presented at entrance stations and displayed on the vehicle dashboard, particularly when the vehicle is parked at trailheads. Connectivity is limited or non-existent in the park, therefore printing the permit in advance is required. The pass will be accepted at all park entrance stations.
Most campsites in Fairholme cannot accommodate large RVs or trailers. Please read campsite details and warnings carefully before reserving a site. There is limited parking available in the campground. If your vehicle(s) do not fit in your campsite (see information below), vehicels will be required to park in the boat launch parking lot area outside of the campground.
Maximum one passenger vehicle per walk-in site (sites 70-90). Please park at designated space for the campsite you reserved. There will be a reserved recreation.gov placard for your assigned parking spot.
Maximum one RV and tow vehicle per standard site (sites 1-69) provided both vehicles fit in the driveway, are not parked on any vegetation, and are clear of the roadway.
Maximum two passenger vehicles per standard site (sites 1-69) provided both vehicles fit in the driveway, are not parked on any vegetation, and are clear of the roadway.
Roads in the campground are very steep and narrow with low tree branches and tight turns. Maneuvering large RVs and trailers into campsites may be difficult. Please read campsite warnings and measurements carefully. Accommodations cannot be made for RVs or trailers that cannot fit or be maneuvered into reserved sites.
The Port Angeles Visitor Center is open daily and provides information about the area's natural and cultural resources; call (360) 565-3130 for more information.
Help keep our wildlife wild by following proper food storage practices. All food and scented items must be stored in a vehicle or an animal resistant food container when not in use.
Pets are not allowed on hiking trails in Olympic National Park. Pets are allowed in developed areas such as campgrounds, picnic areas, roads, parking lots, and some paved trails. Pets must be leashed (up to 6 feet) and always attached to a human.
Do not leave pets unattended or tied to an object in a way that will damage vegetation or park property.
Swimming in Lake Crescent can be dangerous due to the year-round cold-water temperature. Swim at your own risk.
Gathering wood from the campground is strictly prohibited. Firewood is available at Fairholme General Store, Lake Crescent Lodge, and Log Cabin Resort.
Lake Crescent, a cold, clear, glacially carved lake, owes its existence to ice. Its azure depths, which plummet to 624 feet, were gouged by huge ice sheets thousands of years ago. As the ice retreated, it left behind a steep valley that filled with the clear blue waters of Lake Crescent.
Olympic National Park has much to explore, including temperate rain forests, ocean shores, sub-alpine mountains, lakes and more. The towns of Port Angeles, Forks, and Beaver are within a 30 to 60-minute drive. Fairholme Campground is along the shores of Lake Crescent, which is a big attraction for visitors to the park. Additionally, access to the Sol Duc Valley, with its popular Sol Duc Falls trail and Sol Duc Hotsprings Resort nearby. A moderate drive from the campground also provides access to the Marymere Falls and Mount Storm King trails. Fairholme Campground is a good base camp to explore Olympic National Park, as it is located between Port Angeles (Hurricane Ridge) and popular western locations such as Rialto Beach, Hoh Rainforest, and Kalaloch/Ruby Beach.
Numerous day hiking opportunities are available near the Lake Crescent area. Please follow the link to Olympic NPS page for more information - Lake Crescent Area Brochure - https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/lake-crescent-area-brochure.htm
Paddling and boating opportunities are available within minutes from the campground. Lake Crescent boat launch is located adjacent to the campground. Please follow the link to learn more - Boating - https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/boating.htm
Fairholme Olympic Discovery Trailhead is located about 2 miles west of Fairholme Campground on US Highway 101. Bicycling, road cycling, and hiking are available at this access point. Please follow the link to learn more - https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/olympic/recreation/bicycling/recarea/?recid=80688&actid=26
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you modify your reservation or change your stay dates. Cancelling your reservation prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time two nights before your stay will incur a $10 cancellation fee. Camping reservations cancelled the day before and day of arrival incur a $10 cancellation fee and forfeit the first night's use fee
For campground inquiries, please call: 360-565-3130
Fairholme lies on the west side of Lake Cresent within Olympic National Park, about a 45-minute drive from Port Angeles and a 30-minute drive from Forks. Fairholme Campground is accessed by Camp David Jr. Road, off US Highway 101.