15 Parks near Packwood, Washington
Oct 2015 - $22.00
This campground is a great place to stay for small RV's, tent trailers, and tents of course. The loops are pretty tight and I would not recommend bringing an RV any longer than 22ft. Located along the Cowlitz River, this campground sits next to Mt Rainier National Park. My family has camped here numerous times through out the last 23 years. My sons favorite thing about this place was the swimming hole about 1/4 mile up the river from the main campground. The locals call this place "blue hole". The water is very cold even in the mid August heat. - Jay Gustin
Aug 2014 - $10.00
Located just outside Mount Rainier... this park is a hidden gem operated by Forest Service. Camp Host is very helpful in situating trailer and enforces quiet hours. Spots have privacy, not all crowded in like at Mount Rainier campground. Easy access to Mount Ranier and Packwood is a town with an interesting history We camped in a grove of trees next to the river! We would stay here again. Admin note: park road and campsites have been reported as tight for larger RVs. - Jim Lee
Aug 2016 - $40.00
The nearest commercial park to the east entrance of Mt. Rainier NP, this campground is sadly short of it's potential. The park is run-down, dirty and neglected. It was also mostly empty during the heart of the summer when the Mt. Rainier wildflowers are at their finest. There is free wifi, but it was barely usable and Verizon data was only 1x, though cell service was fine.
On the positive side, the little town of Packwood is very close and kind of cute. The library next door has 24-hour free wifi and we used it often (there always seemed to be a few people there using it too). Mt. Rainier is fairly close and a beautiful drive to get there. Not many choices in this area as the nearby La Wis Wis National Forest CG is limited to smaller RVs, as are the NP campgrounds. - MrSunshine
Aug 2016 - $25.00
Very old park. Low voltage. Probably would choose a different park next time. Stayed here due to Passport America, but they have since dropped their membership. Easy to find and good location. Staff very nice and helpful. Elk visit campground daily. - ouachita princess
Jul 2016 - $28.00
Very old neglected park. It's only good feature is proximity to Mt Rainier south entrance. Management is friendly but that doesn't offset park's dismal lack of maintenance. Also Management is inflexible and not customer service oriented.
Warning signs to pick up dog poop but there are piles of elk poop everywhere. - mmaill01
Sep 2011 - $15.00
Twice a year on the long Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, Packwood Washington comes alive with a huge flea market that takes over the entire town for three days as well as private homes having yard sales for miles each way. This is private property owned by Steve (number above) with a huge level field that the family allows everyone to camp on, in RV's right behind the big event. No hookups, some general courtesy rules and porta potties and dumpster provided. East end of town, turn right at intersection of Shell gas station and Snyder, turn right at 114 Snyder at the first long driveway. Funky and fun weekend with huge crowds at the markets and many RV'rs make this a destination weekend. - happy trails
Aug 2016 - $20.00
Crowded. Wild and crazy. We thought it would be less crowded during the week. Not so. Quiet at night however, so we got a good night's sleep. Make a reservation or you may not get in. We were lucky b/c we didn't have a res. We found a decent site close to the restroom. Site was roomy and somewhat level. Good enough for us and I'm picky when tent camping. - Rick Frazier
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
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
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
Aug 2016 - $15.00
Beautiful campground with mature pine trees providing lots of shade to most sites. Long spacious pull thru and back-in sites with grass ground cover. 50 and/or 30 amp electric. No sewer, but dump was available for an additional $5.00. Laundry facility and firewood available. Conveniently located 1 hr from Mt. St Helens and Mt. Rainier. Located on Highway 12 so there is some noise but trees along road dampen noise somewhat. Was surprised to not see many more campers in such a nice park but found out park only advertises with Passport America. Drove by several other campgrounds that had several campers, but parks did not look nearly as appealing as this one. Park staff was very friendly. Great value. Would definitely stay here again. - Dewster
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
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
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
Jul 2014 - $6.00
Awesome! Right at the foot of Emmons Glacier and well worth the drive. The 'D' loop has the best views but the least shade. As it was hot, I took the shady 'B' loop. No cell service, no hookups, no sewer dump but I will definitely return to this park! - mockturtle
Sep 2012 - $6.00
The rate was Golden Age (1/2 price) rate. Toilets are flush but there are no showers. This is one of those jewels of the old Park Service campground network. It is situated right at the foot of towering Mt Rainier and there is a two mile trail to the overlook of Emmons Glacier Terminus, the largest glacier in the lower 48 states. We were in a 17-footer and will camp here again. - geysergazer
Sep 2012 - $8.00
An excellent CG in a NP. Quiet and serene with several hiking trails that start from the park. Sites in B and C loops are pretty steep, but some in A and D loops are fine. Only a few pull-throughs, but we found a back-in that fit our 31' coach. The sign states a maximum of 27', but we found several that would work, including two right on the White River. We hope to return in the not-too-distant future. - Red Wolf Deux