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Hoh Oxbow Campground Olympic National Forest Washington

Hoh Oxbow Overview

Hoh-Oxbow Sign

Hoh-Oxbow campground is in the Olympic National Forest right on the banks of the Hoh River. The small and primitive campground is first-come first-serve and has 8 campsites that can accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs (up to 21 feet). Check in time is 2PM and check out is 12PM.

FYI – you need a Discover Pass to camp at Hoh Oxbow campground.

Campground amenities include drinking water, restrooms with vault toilets, and a comfort station. Each campsite also has a table, fire ring, and grill.

Hoh-Oxbow Area Recreation

The campground offers a good basecamp to explore the western Olympic Peninsula. Visitors enjoy a wide range of outdoor recreational activities which include hiking, fishing, biking, boating, and wildlife viewing.

Hoh Rainforest Campground is another option an is about 20 miles away in a primeval rainforest.


First Come, First Served

  • BBQ Grills
  • Campsite Tables
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • River
  • Walking Trails
  • Water Sports
  • Wildlife Viewing
Highway 101 N. Milepost 176/177
Forks, Washington 98331
360 374-6131
Lat / Long:

47.8114, -124.2507

Best Campsites

1, 2, and 5

Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
# of Campsites:



Year Round



Hoh Oxbow Photos & Video

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Hoh-Oxbow ADA Site
Hoh-Oxbow Bathroom
Hoh-Oxbow Sign
Hoh-Oxbow View

Hoh Oxbow Comments & Reviews

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20 Comments on “Hoh Oxbow”

  1. Ken Williamson says:

    Can this campsite area accommodate a 40 foot RV?

    • Hi Ken,
      A few of the campsites may accommodate a 40 foot RV, but we didn’t take measurements when we took the photos. Sorry we couldn’t confirm for you.

  2. Alec Haight says:

    I’m assuming this is a First come first serve type deal.

  3. Charity Brock says:

    How early can we stop in to reserve a campsite for the day?

    • Hi Charity,
      As Hoh Oxbow campground is first-come, first-serve (no advanced reservations) it’ll depend on if a campsite is available. If the campground is full you’ll need to wait until check out (12PM) before you know for sure if a spot opens up. Many times people will leave earlier. You can arrive anytime during the day, and if it is a popular time (like a summer weekend), you may try getting there around 7AM to ‘get in line’ for a spot. Good luck!

  4. Do I need a discovery pass or anything like that to stay at this campsite?

  5. Patrick McKinney says:

    Do you need a discover pass if you or your spouse is handicapped,

  6. what is the altitude at the oxbow?

  7. How early can I get there in order to reserve a spot?

    • Hi Hannah,
      Best to get their early morning (8am). You can walk/cruise the campground to see who is leaving. Also check in with camp host and/or ranger to let them know you’re looking for a FCFS site. They may assign you one (when it is vacated) or put you in line (if there is one).

  8. When does the campground usually fill up on a Friday?

    • Hi Lydia,
      Hoh Oxbow campground is popular on the weekends, so I recommend trying to get there before noon to get one of the 8 first-come, first-serve campsites.

  9. hi,we`re gonna be driving six and a half hours sep, 1st 2021 to get to hoh oxbow and i know is first come first serve and i have 2 questions,
    what are the chances for us t o get a spot on this date?
    and, in case we don`t get a spot, is there another fcfs campgrounds near by?
    thank you.

    • Hi Efrain,

      Bears have not been a big issue at Hoh-Oxbow campground. You’ll be fine in a tent as long as you follow proper procedures. You can always try calling the information line to double check: 360 374-6131

    • Hi Efrain,

      There should be campsites available at Hoh Oxbow with a September 1 arrival. Other campgrounds in the area include Hoh-Oxbow, Hoh and Cottonwood. Although Cottonwood is off the beaten path (dirt road).
      There are also a few small private campgrounds in the area including Willoughby Creek, Hard Rain Cafe and Allens Bar.

  10. hi, is there a bear problem in this campground? i mean, can we tent camp safely as long as we follow the proper procedures?

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