16 Parks near Ashford, Washington
Aug 2015 - $44.00
Our experience was just the opposite of the last reviewer; we were there in August, as well, which is definitely a busy time for this busy national park; I guess we expect people to be using the campgrounds nearby. We loved the trees - gave us nice shade, and cool little 'coves' for each site. Some sites are in full sun with no trees, so my suggestion is if you're a longer rig, then ask for a site that you don't have to work around trees; we were 30' and had no trouble whatsoever backing in. Garbage was picked up twice a day; again, busy park = lots of garbage, but we saw them picking it up regularly. The two drawbacks have been stated: there's only one bathroom and one shower, but they're nice and the wait was not more than five minutes as this is a small park - there's a seating area there in the bath/laundry house where the WiFi is, so it was no big deal to wait. Two w/d's would have been nice as we had laundry to do, but the walk to any site is not more than one minute, so flipping two loads of laundry was no difficulty. And at $1.50/load, it was a real bargain. No Verizon; too remote a place - not much service in the park, either. The owners were very nice; received a couple of packages for us which was very helpful for us full-timers. The price was very commensurate for being 5 minutes outside a national park. We would definitely come back! - Jolly Out There
Aug 2015 - $46.00
This campground is a perfect example of supply and demand - high demand and scarce supply - due to its close proximity to the park entrance . In fact, the traffic congestion from the park entrance extends past this campground's main entrance. Only back-in sites are available. Our reservation was made a few months ago and we were told only 20 amps sites are available. The sites are very tight as there are plenty of trees around and challenge the driver's backup ability. This campground has one of everything - one shower, one bathroom, one washer and one dryer. The bathroom trash was always overflowing whenever we managed to get in. There are a couple of deer that come around the camp because the owner feeds them. WiFi reception is good but connection drops constantly. There is no AT&T cell reception. The nightly rate is high for the minimum amenities offered. The only bright point is the great service provided by the camp owners. - gartail
Jul 2015 - $44.00
This was a great campground. It's small so make sure and make reservations far in advance. The owners were very nice and helpful. Just outside the entrance to Mount Rainer. If you are looking for a cabin they have very nice clean cabins. I almost hate to recommend it because I would like to keep it as my own secret. - LA-TRAVELING
Aug 2014 - $0.00
$0 per night was for a primitive site (vault toilets, scattered water faucets, no dump station, no trash pickup/pack it out) with a picnic table and fire ring. You do have to have the WA State Discover pass—$30 to $35 depending on where you purchase it—in order to use the sites. All sites are level gravel shaded by huge trees. We used this lovely campground as our base to visit Mt. Rainier. We stopped in Yelm to do our major shopping as there are slim pickings in the small quaint towns near Mt. Rainier. During our week-long stay the campground was open and quiet during the week and became bustling busy with horses and their owners over the weekend, but it was wonderful to hear the horses whinnying instead of vehicle traffic noise. The scenic roadways have awesome vistas and pull-offs to access its hundreds of miles of trails. AT&T cell service was non-existent. Our Millenicom jetpack was getting two bars of 3G which was good enough for some Internet access. - DD Rolling Ranch
Sep 2012 - $1.00
After doing some research for places that could accommodate a larger RV outside the west entrance of Mt. Rainier Natl. Park near Ashford we found very little available. A nearby RV park (Monthaven) is the only place available that has hook-ups but their web site basically read as though RV'rs and their guests are not welcome so we remembered the Sahara Creek DNR Horse camp which is located about 8 miles outside the park entrance. Sahara Creek (Nicholson) horse camp is in a beautiful wooded setting. Most sites are very large and roomy pull throughs that would accommodate the longest RV and a trailer or Toad with ease. Most of the sites have picnic tables and fire grates. There is a central grassy area that features,of all things, horse shoe pits for playing a round of horse shoes (bring your own shoes) and a building that houses a dozen or more picnic tables for group gatherings under cover when the weather isn't so good. There are two water spigots available and pit toilets. There is no garbage service so pack out what you bring in please. On busy weekends or holidays the park is usually packed with horse trailers and riders as the campground serves a large system of horse trails. During the off seasons and mid week the campground can be all but deserted. We had the whole place nearly to ourselves for the 3 days we stayed here. As it is a horse camp you can expect to find some horse fritters, mule muffins, you know horse crap around the area although most of the horse people are good about cleaning up after their animals. There is no daily charge for using the campground however a Washington State Discover Pass is required. Passes can be obtained at Walmart, sporting goods stores or almost anywhere fishing and hunting licenses are sold for $35 for a yearly pass or $11 for daily passes. Passes can also be bought online. If you don't need hookups and need a place to park a big rig while you explore the area and or Mt Rainier Natl. Park, or just need a place to pull in for a night, this park is an awesome alternative to the local nu-hospitable and expensive RV park. We loved our stay and will be back again. Price of $1 is because you can't enter zero in the field. There is no fee other than the above stated passes. - NwJeeper
Aug 2015 - $10.00
Campground is in the Southwest corner of the park. Spaces are reasonably separated but most are pretty tight and the loop road is narrow with many trees to avoid. Be careful in a bigger rig. this is a pretty basic campground typical of the NFS. Has water and restrooms but that is about it. Can't beat the location if you are exploring Mt. Rainer from the SouthWest side. - DennisA
Aug 2012 - $10.00
Nice park in the National Park. Good sites, great views. Water available in the park. No showers, no Wi-Fi signal, no TV signal, no phone reception. May dump on way out of park and refill tanks. - JimSC
Jul 2011 - $15.00
Nice park and we had no problems getting into our pull through site. A good location to explore the National park. - tsparky
May 2011 - $20.00
This campground is mainly for those that are fishing. There really is nothing to do at this RV park as well as no cell phone service. There are no showers. They tell you to use the event center in town and those bathrooms are porta potties. The cable TV is very poor as a lot of the channels are not viewable due to the condition of the cable in the campground. Most of the campers here are long term. I will not stay here again. There are others in the area that are more suitable for RV's. - Cactus Pete
Aug 2007 - $20.00
No showers, Porta Potties. Sites very close together (as in parking lot). Staff friendly. Beautiful lake. - Uh-Oh
Aug 2015 - $35.00
This is a nice little campground that would be a good jumping-off place for day trips into Mt. Rainier National Park. There is a little creek to cool off in, and a big field for frisbee-throwing. A herd of elk will visit from time to time.
We liked this place because it is only 45 miles from our home and is yet far enough out to be quiet and peaceful. There's a little noise from route 7 that runs nearby, but it wasn't annoying.
It's worth mentioning that there are a lot of really nice tent sites in this campground. That's not always the case with privately-owned operations. This would be a very pleasant place to camp in a tent. There are nice restrooms and showers, and even an outdoor dishwashing sink.
A lot of thoughtful touches have gone into making this a great campground.
The owners are about the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. They were gracious hosts, and came by to make sure that everything was OK.
The only bad news about Eastcreek is that it is for sale. The owners would like someone to take over and let them have a "real" retirement. - Eric Lester
Jun 2015 - $35.00
Although a bit out of town, a beautiful spot. Absolutely no cell service or Wi-Fi in park, but when you get out to main road you will pick it up quickly. Never been to a park (especially paying $35) that you will be charged an additional $10 to dump!! We choose not to dump as we had only stayed two nights and it would be a couple more days before we would be hooked up at a park again. Owner are very pleasant and informed us that our dogs were over the size (max 40 lbs). (We have an airedale and labradoodle and they were an "allowed breed" but we would be allowed since the park was very empty mid week.) Nice spot on the creek except it's too bad they dumped slash over the bank to fall into the river- an eyesore and not the best way to get rid of slash. First night was very quiet and peaceful, second day a family of seven camped next to us and kids were all over the place...and up until 10 playing...love kids...but wanted to go to sleep. A very well planned park with lots of trees between sites. Since as many trees as possible have been left, it's very shady there. Perfect for our dogs who had to stay in RV when we went to Mt. Rainier. It's for sale. - Ollie49
Jul 2012 - $37.00
Nice park in woods, only one other camper during our stay. Great site, by the creek - pull through. Wi-Fi did not work. No cell coverage. Owners were very friendly. Visited Mount Rainier Park from there. - User2523
Sep 2015 - $18.00
Stayed for three nights to visit Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainer. This is a very convenient location (Randle, WA) for visiting between the two parks. The campground is a little odd. It is a family business with extremely nice people. They had just harvested their garden and shared the bounty with us. The office is extremely messy- looks like a bad junk store but that did not bother me.
The laundry room was large and worked but had not been cleaned for a while. Again, this did not bother me as I made sure the machines were clean and they were. So honestly I was pretty pleased with the park overall. Nice people, spacious sites and convenient with an acceptable price.
The price reflects the Passport America discount. My husband and I would stay again. - lindy j
Jul 2015 - $18.00
Passport America rate for five nights for a spacious site with water and 50 amp electric. The Passport America rate for this park does not include sewer connection. Sites are grass and on level ground. Though the park has many large trees, our site was in an open area that allowed satellite reception. We also had good Verizon cell/MiFi reception. This is very nice park for exploring Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens. There is road noise during the day, but mostly quiet at night. We would stay here again. - Dave51
Oct 2014 - $17.00
The campground is very quiet in a wooded area. There are shady and sunny places. The price is based on Passport America. Good location between Mount Rainer and Mount St Helen. Very fast internet. The owners are very friendly. We would definitely come back again. - usa
Jul 2016 - $0.00
We are members, so our stay did not actually cost us anything.
Definite improvement in cleanliness in the bathrooms since the last time we stayed there. The upper area of the park looked well cared for, but we prefer to stay in The Grove, which is more primitive and quiet. - Impkitti
May 2016 - $10.00
This is a membership Park. You have to pick a spot. The site was on gravel with shade. Full hook ups with 50 amp. There are pull through, back ins, also 30 amp water & electric only. Shaded. The anemities include pool, spa, playground, pet area, rec rooms. - jcpjane
Sep 2015 - $2.00
We are members, so the $2.00 was for wifi, which was very good, even in The Grove.
We came in on Monday of the three day weekend after boondocking for four days. I was really looking forward to a nice, long shower. The bathhouse nearest The Grove was filthy. I thought maybe overuse from the long weekend, but the next day it was just as dirty and the dead, dry qtip was still under the bench in the shower area. Wednesday, they looked like someone had made an effort to clean, but there was dust and grime on all the top edges of the mopboards, back splashes and fixtures. I wiped some of them down with a wet paper towel as a test.
While the pool and hot tub were very clean, the changing rooms were not much better than the bathhouse.
Our site was nice, near the river and very quiet except for road noise (which you cannot escape due to the bridge).
The Grove area does not have full service, but if you want privacy and a woodland camp spot, it is the best place on the site. There are even wooded sites near the golf course. - Impkitti
Jun 2016 - $35.00
This is a park operated by Tacoma Power, so it's not exactly like the Washington State Parks. Price does not include $8 "reservation fee" extracted for the Online Reservation service. (But the $8 can cover multiple reservations made at the same time.) Our site was asphalt paved and was an easy back-in. While there was a downhill portion at the entry, the pad leveled out nicely once we where parked conveniently positioned for the utilities connections. We selected a site that was a short walk from the clean restroom/shower. Shower required 50 cents (in quarters) for 4 minutes. Additional 2 minutes for each additional quarter, if you put them in before the timer stops. The campsite was pleasant, and we had reasonable shade (on a hot day). (Some sites are less shady.) The park is adjacent to a reservoir that allows power boats. Our weekday, early season visit was very quiet -- but it is pretty clear that at peak times boat motor noise could be considerable. Site was shorter (length is listed in online descriptions) but quite reasonable for my Sprinter Class B (Van-type) RV. (Note: I do not tow a vehicle.) I would stay here again. - Pete_by_the_river
Jul 2014 - $25.00
This is a beautiful lake view park. It was packed over the weekend and almost empty during the week. Close to Mt Rainier national park. It is real close to the backside of Mt St. Helens national park. This park is mostly for smaller rigs and tents. Only a few sites will fit a 40'. We have a 42' and we barely fit into our site. The only sites with sewer that fit a bigger rig are in the group area. We asked if we could move there when it was completely empty. No was the answer. Against the rules. The nicer spaces by far are in the group area. The second nicest spots are for small RVs. Very nice if you have kids and a smaller rig. Lots of very nice playground equipment. We were the only larger RV in the park not in the group area. Showers very scarce if you don't bring your own. 30 amp only in the area that will fit bigger rigs. - RFCN2
Sep 2013 - $26.00
This is a campground run by Tacoma Power in Alder, WA, about 15 miles from Mt. Rainer National Park. It is a beautiful camp with clean restrooms, but only 1 shower. And the shower cost $0.50/minute for hot water. But with a senior discount, the rate was only $26. - LTV camper
11519 U.S. Hwy. 12, Randle, WA Randle, Washington 98377 (map) | (360) 494-9202
Sites: 400 | Latest Rate: $22.00 | 17 Reviews
Jul 2016 - $22.00
I know this place has gotten some not-so-nice reviews, but we ended up extending our stay from 4 days to 2 weeks because of the location (ideally situated between Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Ranier, plus lots and lots of other outdoor recreational opportunities) and the fabulous $ value for what it cost us to stay. Yes, the hookups are a bit weird - 4 RV's share one utility location. Yes, it's on a highway so traffic noise can be an issue. But...the trees are large and lovely, there is tons of grassy space between you and your neighbors, interior roads are spacious and easy to navigate, the camp store and pool are nice to have, and you just can't beat the per night cost. The office manager is totally on top of things and honest; we converted from a nightly rate to a weekly rate when we extended our stay and when we went to inquire about a refund of the difference she had already issued the credit to our credit card! Verizon wireless phone service works there but not our 4G data plan. Their wifi only works reliably if you go hang out in the office/clubhouse, because this is such a large park and the RV sites are rather far away. The park covers such a large amount of ground that it is no problem to find a place to walk your dog. The current owners have owned it only 4 years and they are aware that improvements need to be made, and wow, have they ever taken on a huge place. As a side note, the first week we were in site #85 and due to the trees we had great shade but no Dish reception. Week two we moved to site #117 with no trees but great Dish reception. - Idaho RV'er
Jul 2016 - $32.00
If you are looking for the ultimate rundown and neglected campground, Cascades Peak is here for you. It was probably a very nice park in its day, but it is obvious the owners have not put in any upkeep in years. From overgrown, un-level gravel sites, to antiquated power, water and sewer connections. Water pressure was so low. Most picnic tables and lights are in disrepair, the bathrooms and laundry are rundown. WiFi is only available in front of the laundry. There is so much potential here, it is sad. - Rich & Cathy Kelly
Jun 2015 - $32.00
I am going to rate this campground based on our stay for 2 nights only. We were visiting Mount Rainier and this was a convenient, in and out for a big rig. It is what we would call a 'campground', not a resort by any means. It was definitely adequate for what we needed/wanted. It is huge, I believe 550 sites total, many of them are on the various loops within the park but we stayed out in the main area. The hookups are indeed 'strange' with them being in the middle of two sites and shared by 4 rigs back to back. The park wasn't busy (although they had several in and out each night we were there) so we had our site to ourselves and could plug into 50 amp (2/50 amp, 2/30 amp per site). Apparently, the owners are in their third season of ownership & yes it will take some work to restore it from a '100 year flood' in 2008 when it was practically destroyed (at least that's what they told us). They still take Coast to Coast and our neighbors paid $10 being Coast to Coast members. - Wannabees
Jul 2016 - $16.00
Can be a noisy campground with day use people coming and going, they must pass through and park in the campground. Very close to good trails. - MeetTheGriswolds
Aug 2014 - $10.00
We tried to camp here in August, the only 'walk in' (meaning no reservations) spots that were available were too small for our 31' travel trailer. We were able to drive through the campgrounds but not fit in any spots. We went down the Road to La Wis Wis forest service and got a nice spot. One thought: a nice spot that a trailer would fit in would be occupied by a lone camper in a small tent. Shucks! - Jim Lee
Jul 2014 - $30.00
A great campground, one of the best. The big trees are beautiful, sites are spacious and as private a campsite as you will find. Tons to do. Restrooms are clean for campground. One of our all time favorites. Been camping here since we were kids. - golfgirl.425