Forks WA Attractions: Unforgettable things to do on a Port Angeles vacation that includes Forks, WA, plus nearby activities within the Olympic National Park.
Forks is about one hour's drive west of Port Angeles. It's easy to find - the town straddles Highway 101.
Please let me warn you: Doing justice to enjoying all the attractions of the "west-end" of the Olympic Peninsula (west of Port Angeles, WA), depending on your own personal interests, is likely to take more than a couple days.
There are an astonishing number of attractions near Forks, given that this is a tiny town lost in the heart of a temperate rain forest. And perhaps that is why: Many of the Forks attractions and activities are in some way related to the beauty and grandeur of the nearby rain forest.
Hiking, kayaking, rafting, and cycling are all options for active individuals and families. And there is hardly a place to go or see that isn’t embraced in verdant green.
Additionally, the Twilight Saga (by Stephenie Meyer) placed Forks on the map around a decade ago. We recommend the books, as well as a visit to many of the Forks WA attractions referenced in the Twilight books.
Forks WA Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center
1411 S Forks Avenue, Forks, WA 98331
It’s not like the Forks Chamber of Commerce is an “attraction,” per se, but maybe it is! The good folks there are a wealth of information about Forks, its history, and the surrounding rain forest and other activities available to the visitor. They also offer information on Forks Twilight tours and provide Twilight souvenirs for sale should you be a "Twi-fan."
Forks Timber Museum
1421 S. Forks Avenue, Forks, WA 98331
It is fitting that a timber museum is housed in an old log house. Get a fascinating peak into the history of both Forks and the local timber industry. Hopefully the $3.00 admission fee won't break the bank.
Forks Lumber Mill Tour
1411 S Forks Avenue, Forks, WA 98331
The Forks Chamber of Commerce manages tours of an operating saw mill in Forks. Admission is by donation. You'll be taken by van to the various sites of the tour. Allow several hours, or a half-day depending on how closely you like to manage your time. Very interesting and you’ll learn a lot about logging, milling, and sustainable forest management in Washington State.
Team Forks Twilight Tours
130 S Spartan Avenue, Forks, WA 98331
Received 2013 Certificate of excellence by TripAdvisor
Twi-fans will enjoy the full tour of all the Twilight locations in and around Forks, including an evening hot dog roast on the beach. Or if your time is limited, take the 2-3 hour local tour.
La Push is located at the end of La Push Road (Hwy 110), which is also about one hour west of Port Angeles. It is an incredibly scenic area.
La Push and its beaches are not in Forks proper; they are approximately a 10 mile drive to the coast along Hwy 110.
First Beach is on the Quileute Reservation adjacent to the Quileute Oceanside Resort. No hiking is required; park the vehicle and walk the stone's throw to the waves.
Rialto Beach, Second Beach, and Third Beach are all nearby, but within the borders of the Olympic National Park.
Within a few miles of La Push WA are 3 very cool beaches within the Olympic National Park:
Rialto Beach, Second Beach, and Third Beach. All of these beaches are beautiful sandy crescent beaches, with sea stacks creating a rugged coastline.
See Olympic National Park Beaches for details on all of the beaches within the Olympic National Park.
Take Hwy 112 to as far west as it will take you - to Neah Bay, WA.
Neah Bay, and especially Cape Flattery, is very scenic. The town is a working Makah Indian Reservation village supported by fishing, timber, and some tourism. Makah is pronounced Mah-KAW.
There are several very decent restaurants. But its main claim to fame is the Makah Indian Museum (below) and the Cape Flattery Trail, which takes you to the westernmost tip of the USA and a lovely view of Tatoosh Island.
Makah Indian Museum
1880 Bayview Avenue, Neah Bay, WA 98357
A “world-class museum in a remote location” is the opinion of one reviewer. It is fascinating to learn of the history of the "Cape People." The museum houses and interprets hundreds of artifacts from the Ozette archeological site - the location of a landslide that buried an entire village which was recently rediscovered.
Getting there: Trailhead is on Cape Loop Road. From Bayview Avenue (Hwy 112) in Neah Bay, turn left on Fort Street. Go 3 blocks to 3rd Avenue and turn right. Go 1 block and turn left on Cape Flattery Road. Cape Flattery Road turns into Cape Loop Road. Keep going for several miles on Cape Loop. Follow the signs to the Cape Flattery Trail.
From the trailhead to the tip of Cape Flattery is a 20 - 30 minute, 0.5 mile hike one way, through typical Washington temperate rain forest. Once at the end of the trail, you find several vantage points toward the southwest, west, and northwest. Tatoosh Island and its lighthouse are clearly visible, along with seals, otters, puffins, a cloud of seabirds, and maybe, just maybe, some orcas or humpback whales cruising through the Strait.
All I can say is...so, so magical.
185983 Hwy 101, Forks, WA 98331
The Bogachiel State Park is located 10 miles south of Forks on Highway 101. It certainly has a rainforest vibe, and is lovely for stretching the legs and day-use picknicking during a long road trip. Its campsites are ideal for tenting and small RV’s. You’ll need a Discover Pass for day use, a fee that is incorporated into the camping fees should you choose to spend the night.
If you’re looking for genuine rainforest, however, do make the drive to the Hoh Ranger Station, which will give it to you in spades.
A trip to the Olympic Peninsula, especially to the west end and Forks, would not be complete without a visit to the Olympic National Park.
It takes days to do justice to a visit to the enormous Olympic National Park; but if you've made it to Forks, at least spare a day or two for this amazing national park.
The Forks WA attractions within the Olympic National Park can be grouped into 5 groups:
Port Angeles is 53.6 miles (86.26 km) east of Forks, WA, a drive of approx. 1.1 hours. But, if Port Angeles is not your starting point, then:
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