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North Fork Campground
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Overview

Shaded by a dense canopy of pine, fir and cedar trees, North Fork Campground sits alongside the Cispus River. Typically open from mid-May to late September.

North Fork is situated between three of Washington's most impressive mountains; Mount St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier. The variety of recreational activities and the diverse natural beauty draws many visitors to this area.

Recreation

North Fork makes a great base camp for a variety of activities. Hikers, mountain bikers and off-road vehicle riders can access the nearby multi-use Valley Trail. From this trail, riders can enjoy a network of over 50 miles of additional off-road vehicle trails.

The North Fork Loop trail is open to foot traffic and can also be accessed in this area.

Anglers can fish the Cispus River for brook trout, steelhead and salmon.

Facilities

The campground can fit tents and RVs, along a one-way loop.

Picnic tables, grilled fire rings, and drinking water are provided. There is a host on-site and firewood is available for sale.

Natural Features

Located in southwest Washington state, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1.3 million acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, established by Congress in 1982.

North Fork is part of the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, which is located in the northernmost portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

This Ranger District manages four Wilderness Areas including the Goat Rocks, Glacier View, Tatoosh and William O. Douglass Wilderness. Nearby rivers include the Cowlitz River, Clear Fork of the Cowlitz and the Cispus River.

A variety of wildlife may be spotted in this area, including elk, deer and bears.

Nearby Attractions

Randle is the closest town to North Fork, and it offers access to the Windy Ridge Lookout at Mount St. Helens. Adventurous hikers who want to enjoy some spectacular views may be interested in the Tongue Mountain Trail, which reaches an elevation of 4,838 feet.

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jan
8.96"
43.7°
31.9°
feb
6.05"
48.8°
31.7°
mar
5.43"
53.5°
35°
apr
3.67"
59°
38.1°
may
2.88"
65.9°
44.1°
jun
2.09"
71°
49.5°
jul
0.91"
78°
53.6°
aug
0.87"
78.9°
52.9°
sep
2.06"
73.6°
46.8°
oct
5.02"
61.2°
40.3°
nov
9.95"
48.3°
35.5°
dec
8.11"
41.7°
30.8°
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Crowdedness
Others between 10 and 50 feet away
Fullness
Three quarters of spots are open
Noise
Occasional man-made noise (trains, cars, etc...)
Shade
Mostly shaded, but still some spots with sunlight
Features and amenities
Picnic tables
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jennrcruz
5
May 2021
Not free

Beautiful but not free. There’s some first come first serve spots but u have to reserve online. I went during the weekend not realizing it was Memorial Day weekend and it was full.

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laurawingfield
176
Sep 2020
Easy camping

With a different variety of sized sites available, drinking water, and pit toilets, there's nothing else you need to enjoy the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

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