7 Scenic Washington Campsites That Welcome Groups

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Summer is in the air—can you feel it? That means summer travel plans and getting together with friends and family after a busy year are just ahead. We couldn’t think of a better place to unwind and spend time with your crew than at one of the state’s best group campsites. So we scoped out seven that are within a few hours of the city and let large (and not so large) groups camp together. They’ve got great perks like nearby waterfall hikes, ranger programs and big grassy areas that give kids the room they need to play all day. So if a group camping excursion is on your summer bucket list, now is the time to reserve your campsite. Read on for the need-to-know details.

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Deception Pass State Park | Oak Harbor

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You’ll find this group campsite just off the entrance to Deception Pass State Park, along the eastern shores of Cranberry Lake. A beautiful spot with grassy knolls, raised grills and plenty of picnic tables, your group will have all the space they need to pitch tents or park vehicles or RVs when you camp here. Swim and fish in Cranberry Lake on sunny summer days, or beachcomb along the saltwater shores that are right out your door. At night, the fire circle makes for cozy cooking and s’mores roasting, and the expansive lawn invites everyone to play games during the day. Make reservations online or call 888-226-7688.

Maximum: 50 people
Cost: $141/night

Online: parks.wa.gov/497/Deception-Pass

Mora Campground | Forks

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Part of Olympic National Park, this coastal campground gives families easy access to scenic Rialto Beach, where you’ll find sea stack rocks and Hole-in-the-Wall, a volcanic relic. It’s a tidepoolers paradise and beachcombers haven that really requires an overnight stay to enjoy. The campsite is nestled among the rainforest’s characteristic mossy trees that tower overhead, and the site has everything you need to camp in comfort—flush toilets, running water and picnic tables.

Maximum: 16 people
Cost: $48/night

Online: recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/247591

Penrose Point State Park | Lakebay

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Tucked in among the trees, this private group campsite has room for all the friends and family you want to camp with this summer. With two beaches to choose from and a few hiking trails too, families can stay busy on land or water. Pack your kayaks, SUPs and clam digging shovels. When they’re in season, you can dig up your haul and cook them over the open fire at night. And the covered picnic area here means you can take refuge from the rain if a summer shower comes through. Make reservations online or call 888-226-7688.

Maximum: 50 people
Cost: $72/night

Online: parks.wa.gov/564/Penrose-Point

Pine Needle Group Site | Naches

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If a more remote, rustic group campsite is what your crew is after, this one in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is a great option. It’s set along American River and nearby Goat Rocks Wilderness is where you can get your hiking fix. But sticking around camp is an option too. Plan to catch fish in the river and explore the American Ridge Trail on a sunny day. One thing to note: vault toilets are the norm here, so keep that in mind when you’re making your camping plans.

Maximum: 60 people
Cost: $50/night

Online: recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233987

Rasar State Park | Concrete

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You’ll find this group campsite off of I-20 in the North Cascades, along the Skagit River. One of many in the area, it’s got three group campsites to choose from, and each one has everything you need to set up camp and stay a while, including a shelter with running water and lights, granite fireplaces and picnic tables. Keep everyone entertained with lawn games, ranger programs and multiple trips to the playground. And if you’re traveling with dogs, they’re welcome here, as long as they are on a leash. Make reservations online  or call 888-226-7688.

Maximum: 40 people
Cost: $234-$326/night

Online: parks.wa.gov/571/Rasar

Denny Creek Campground | North Bend

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You’ll find this nearby group campsite just before Snoqualmie Pass off I-90. It’s an easy one for families traveling with tots because car time is limited. Plus, in addition to camping with friends, you’ll find lots of fun excursions and hikes to take during your stay. To start, you’re super close to the popular Franklin Falls waterfall hike trailhead at Denny Creek. The same can be said for the area’s natural waterslides, one of those local hidden gems that was made for sunny summer days. Also worth a note: this campsite is pet friendly.

Maximum: 35 people
Cost: $123/night

Online: recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232035

Scenic Beach State Park | Seabeck

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At this group campsite, the name says it all. Located on the Hood Canal, it’s a tents-only kind of campsite that offers families and friends lots of play options during their stay. You can swim in the cool waters, fish and hunt for crabs at the beach. There are multiple playgrounds for kids to climb and swing on, and wildlife abounds. Our travel tip? Visit nearby Guillemot Cove where you’ll find the cutest secret treehouse tucked off the winding trail, and more Hood Canal beachfront with breathtaking views. Scenic Beach State Park is dog-friendly, so you can bring your furry family members too. Make reservations online or call 888-226-7688.

Maximum: 40 people
Cost: $141/night

Online: parks.wa.gov/579/Scenic-Beach

Good to know:
1. Don’t forget your passes when you visit these campsites. State Parks require a Discover Pass, and National Forest and National Parks also have pass requirements. As they say, don’t leave home without ’em.

2. Make your camping plans early, as these spots fill up quickly. If you’re able to camp during the week, you’ve got a better shot at snagging a popular spot than you do on the weekends.

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