Grayland State Park is located in Grays Harbor County in Washington State just south of the sea port of Westport. Named for the sea captain and trader Robert Gray, Grayland State Park is a surprise, tranquil escape at the south edge of the rural coastal town of Grayland. This is another park our family has been coming to for years. My grandparents spent a lot of the fall and spring here when the mountain passes were too snowy for them to travel over. Eventually the rest of the family made our way here and have been coming here ever since. Only a 2 and a half hour drive from Seattle, this park is a great place to take a weekend excursion and get some beach time on the Pacific Ocean. Grayland Beach State Park is open year round.
If you’re looking for a good campground in a central location that has a lot of activities outside the park this probably isn’t one you would choose, unless you are here in the summer season. In the fall and winter several local businesses in the area close down. The town of Grayland is right outside the park, withing walking distance, but there is not much to the town other then the 4 and a half star rated restaurant The Mutineer. The towns of Wesyport and Tokeland are about 20 minutes in opposite directions from the park. Wesport is where you will find the tourist destinations, restaurants, pubs and bowling alleys. In the summer it is a popular tourist destination, and in the fall and winter it is a quiet sea port.
Things to see in the area:
- Westport Aquarium
- Viking Bowl
- Westport Maritime Museum
- Wesport Winery and Restaurant
- Shoalwater Bay Casino
There are 58 full hook up sites, and 38 with water/electric. Several sites also come with yurts in the back for extra guests. This park is divided into three sections, the older loops (full hook ups) and the two beach loops. All sites are flat, large, and mostly private. The beach sites are some of the nicest sites you’ll find in a state park with one caveat, no sewer. For a weekend stay, no sewer is not too big of deal but anything more then that could be problematic, especially when you’re camping with 5. The beach sites are the newer, bigger sites. None have beach views but a small walk up the dunes will give you stunning views of the beach from almost every campsite in those loops. The back loops are not bad for summer camping but be very cautious in rainy season as several spots turn into lakes which we experienced first hand when we were here in the spring. If at all possible I would recommend reserving beach spots in the rainy season.
Amenities:If you’re looking for a park with a lot of amenities this isn’t one of them. While it was perfectly suitable for our needs it doesn’t offer some things that we are used to with other state parks. There is no store on site and no firewood for sale (this is a fairly recent development according to the campground host. Firewood can be purchased at the nearby rv park but we were advised not to purchase it there because it was wet wood. We were lucky we were with family or we would have had to go into Westport to get firewood.) Almost every campsite has hook ups but no sewer in the beach loops is a bit of a bummer as they are the nicer spots. There are 4 bathrooms in the park with showers. The newer loops have heated shower rooms. They are pay showers and require tokens from the ranger station instead of quarters. The bathrooms are immaculate per state park fashion. There is no TV reception in the park and 3/G-4/G and cell phone signals were fairly weak unless you went to the beach. On the beach you had strong signals.
This is a great park for kids but like Cape Disappointment there are no playgrounds. There are a lot of places to ride bikes and of course you can’t beat the ocean beaches for play time. Grayland Beach is known for it’s kite flying so bring the kites. There are cars allowed on this beach so keep that in mind when you have little ones. Swimming in the ocean comes with risks as well. It is always unpredictable. Never turn your back to the ocean. There are a lot of trails to hike on here and wooded areas for play as well. They also have an amphitheater for summer programs for kids.
This is a great place for pets and our dogs would pick this park as their all time favorite. There is something about the beach and all the sand. We had 10 dogs in our group the weekend we were there and they all were tuckered out every night from all the play time they got on the beach. Just like with kids however there are cars on the beach so always keep your eye out. There were also plentiful amounts of mushrooms in the park. Just like with humans some mushrooms are extremely poisonous to dogs. It is a danger that some pet owners take lightly but can prove fatal to your dogs, even in small amounts.
Our family loves Grayland Beach State Park? What do you think of this park? We’d love to hear from you.
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