“one of the largest temperate rainforests in the U.S.”
Open Daily in summer; Friday - Sunday in the off-season and closed January/February. Hours vary according to season. Visitor information, exhibits, Passport stamping station, book store. Two self-guided nature trails and the Hoh River Trail start near the visitor center. Guided walks and talks are offered during the summer. Wilderness Camping Permits should be picked up at either the Port Angeles or South Shore Lake Quinault Wilderness Information Center. No food service is available in the Hoh Rain Forest and the closest gas station is 31 miles away.
It’s really cool to be able to say that you’ve been to a rainforest. Before moving here, I didn’t even know there was a rainforest in the US. But I don’t think going in summer was the best time to go. For one, it isn’t rainy, so you don’t get the full experience and it’s not quite as green. The main problem though was the crowds. It was so extremely crowded. We also didn’t do the big trail, we did the smaller Hall of Mosses hike. It was gorgeous. I can only imagine what the longer hike would be like.
I suggest going in off season, not July. Also, make sure you have bug spray, mosquitos and horse flies like crazy. We had insect repellent patches, but not enough.
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Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
- Sun - Tue, Fri, Sat: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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