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Old 08-04-2016, 07:53 PM   #1
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State or Local RV park Near Seattle Washington

We are headed to Seattle in a couple days from the Spokane area and we would love a good recommendation for a place to park for a week or two. We are in a 35ft Fifthwheel. We'd prefer a state park or NFS or BLM or local city park. Somewhere cheap.
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Your best bet would be to go over to Port Townsend and stay at Fort Worden.
Then just take the ferry as foot traffic over to Seattle.

There are also a couple casinos just north of Seattle that would be cheap.

I can't think of any parks near Settle itself.
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State or Local RV park Near Seattle Washington

There's not much cheap around Seattle, and there aren't many State Parks close in either. In fact, I don't think the WA State Parks are cheap anywhere any more. The parks are uniformly wonderful and well run, but the camping is not cheap. Port Townsend, incidentally, is about 2 hours travel time to Seattle, including about a 25 minute ferry.

What you find around Seattle are some rather nice RV Parks. These are not campgrounds. Spots are sometimes fairly close together, but the places we've stayed were clean and well kept, and provided a convenient and pleasant base from which to visit family and toad drive the local area. Prices at the time were not cheap, but were, I thought, quite reasonable considering convenience, condition, and the semi-urban location.

We stayed at Lakeside RV Park and the Maple Grove RV Park, both north of Seattle between Edmonds and Everett. This location was convenient for us; perhaps not for you. Lake Pleasant RV Park is also north of the city, and by all accounts is quite nice. There are also several others along I-90 east of the city that may be convenient for you. We last stayed in the area two years ago, so I can't speak to current prices. Search "RV Parks" on Google Maps and they'll all pop up. Good Luck!


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I agree to stay in Port Townsend or one of the other small towns across the water and take the Bainbridge Island ferry into Seattle's waterfront for fast day trips. It's a short ferry ride and very reasonable cost. It lets you off at the Seattle Aquarium area and easy to shop at Pikes Market or take the monorail across town to the Space Needle. It makes for a very pleasant day. There's a lot to do in the Port Townsend area - even a ferry trip to Vancouver Island or drive you vehicle up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic Nat'l Park for awesome views and nice hiking.
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I maybe mistaken but I believe the ferry leaves from Port Townsend to Seattle.
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Nope...the Port Townsend ferry goes to Coupeville. It's about a 30-45 min. pleasant drive to the Bremerton Ferry.
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I maybe mistaken but I believe the ferry leaves from Port Townsend to Seattle.
Port Townsend is not going to work. It is too fsr and one or two ferry rides to Seattle depending on your route.

Lake Pleasant and Maple Grove are probably the most convenient commercial campgrounds. Another one is Lakeside that is next to Maple Grove. We have stayed there but spots are small and there seemed to be a lot of long-term campers.

South of Seattle we have stayed at Dash Point State Park. It's a little hard to get to but a nice spot on Puget Sound.

One I have thought about but haven't tried is Kitsap State Park out of Bremerton. It would be fairly convenient to catch a bus or to drive to the ferry terminal and walk on to the ferry to downtown Seattle.
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We have stayed at Saltwater State Park near Des Moines. It is right on the water.
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There is a little City south of Seattle called Enumclaw. They have a City owned CG there that has Electric(30&50amp) and Water hookups. No sewer when we were there about a year and a half ago but they were going to add sewer. If still no sewer there is a dumpstation about a mile away, for $5.

The CG is beautiful, will fit most any RV and all have cement pads and huge grass areas. They also have a huge common ground grass area as well as access to the Golf Course next door. The cost was $26 a night. We drove into Seattle a couple times and if I remember right it was about a 30 minute easy drive. There is only a few times a year the place is booked, like the Fair, or group events, but we have stayed there twice and shared the CG with only a few other Campers. It is worth checking out.
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There is also Dash Point State Park in Federal Way which is fairly close to Seattle (1 hour during the rush). There is also Manchester State Park which is just a short ferry ride to Seattle. You could also try Belfair State Park which also is about a half hour from the ferry. There is also a KOA next to Boeing in Kent but there isn't much there to recommend it. If you don't need hook-ups, there is beautiful Fay-Bainbridge State Park. All of these will be hard to get into at the height of the camping season.
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There are no CGs in the greater Seattle area because of the price of land. Lake Pleasant is about 45 minutes away in non-rush-hour traffic and maybe 75 minutes in rush hour. It does have decent bus service which can get there quicker in rush-hours because of preferential lane use.

We haven't been to Saltwater SP since we moved to Anacortes in 1999. We used to live about a mile due east from it. Two issues - firstly airplane noise. It's close to SeaTac airport. If the pattern is southbound the planes will be at max power and coming over about a mile east at about 700 feet. Air traffic is heavy at all hours (no curfew). We reckoned that if anyone had stowed away in an airplane wheel-well, the corpse would land in our yard if the pattern was northbound!

Secondly (and this may have been modified), access is difficult due to its entry road. It's very narrow and has a tight turn near the top. I think it would be a tough one for any rig longer than 30'.

I agree that Port Townsend is too far away, you'd be over an hour away from either of the ferries that serve downtown Seattle. Port Orchard or Poulsbo may work, but I'm not familiar with CG's in the area.
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I found the website for the Enumclaw City owned CG. It's called the Enumclaw Expo Center. It is a 40 minutes easy drive, easy access to Seattle, and that includes driving thru a couple small towns until you get to the freeway. Plus it is out of all the congestion and centered for many day trips to other National Park/Mountain areas. It is really nice, like I said earlier huge sites, and very clean. They raised their rates about $5-10 this year, and still only have Electric/Water hookups. Look up their website and it tells you the days they are filled with yearly events at the expo, which isn't very many. If your dates of travel don't conflict you will pretty much have the place to yourself. We went over the 4th of July weekend, and we were one of about 10 other MH's, and I think they have about 50 spots. It was quiet and safe, and the CG Hosts are great people, who are now fulltimers, who used to live in Enumclaw and really missed being there. You could walk/drive into town for a couple of good restaurants and they have one big grocery store.
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Here's a 'Clicky' for the Enumclaw Expo RV Park:

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Stayed at South Prairie Creek RV in June, Very reasonable and even had free cable TV service. Close to relatives and within reason of Seattle 43 miles.
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