The town of Forks Washington (State) is an ideal staging town, setting you up for days of exploring the Pacific Northwest, including beaches, temperate rain forest, majestic mountain ranges, not to mention activities like hiking, kayaking and fishing.
It is also the setting for the Twilight Saga, a series of 4 novels written by Stephenie Meyer and published in 2005.
Forks is a small town of roughly 3,600 people in the heart of Washington State's Pacific Northwest temperate rain forest. It is located in a prairie but surrounded by dense forests.
Three rivers converge nearby: the Bogachiel, Calawah, and Sol Duc, hence the name "Forks." It's original name was Forks Prairie, a nod to both the prairie in which it was located, and the nearby confluences of the several large rivers.
Forks is also the main center of commerce throughout the entire west end of Clallam County, which comprises most of the northern part of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. From Aberdeen to the south, and Port Angeles to the north, you'll find precious little along the highway other than trees, trees, and trees. And the town of Forks.
Forks is a working town. But given that it is situated in close proximity to many activities both to the north and the south, Forks Washington makes a terrific home base for your Pacific Northwest holiday visit. Just be sure to allow enough time to see and do all that you desire.
People love to visit Forks for many reasons. Perhaps the greatest draw is the sheer beauty and amazement of the primordial temperate rain forest. Come for the beauty, but while you're here, there is so much more to see and do.
Twilight Saga Tours:
The weather in Forks is --- typically rainy!
No surprise there. Forks Washington is in the middle of a rain forest, receiving on average 120+ inches of rain every year. However, the summer months are much less likely to be rainy.
The dynamics of the Olympic rainshadow that keep Sequim and Port Townsend dry are the same dynamics that result in copious rainfall over Forks, and the Quinault and Hoh rainforests.
See Forks Weather for more info and the current forecast.
Whether or not you check the weather before traveling to Forks, don't forget an umbrella or rain gear. Just in case!
Forks' history begins during the 1850's, as both trappers and settlers trickled into what is now the west end of Clallam County, WA.
Farming and hops were the primary interests in the early days. That changed as logistics proved to be too difficult for product marketing. With no roads other than muddy trails and reliance on infrequent stops by supply boats, the settlers turned first to dairy cattle, and then to timber as a source of income.
As infrastructure improved, so did their marketing efforts. The timber industry peaked in the mid-1970s, and then got a punch in the gut from recession, mechanization, movement of operations overseas, and especially from environmental legislation severely limiting logging due to the northern spotted owl.
Today, timber logging continues on a much reduced scale. The Forks population, which took a nosedive in the 1990's, has risen and has been slowly growing. People now find work in other segments of society, including education, health, and environmental fields such as salmon and forestry.
Visit the fascinating Forks Timber Museum for a taste of Forks history.
Additionally, the Forks Chamber of Commerce offers tours of a local Forks lumber mill. The fee is low; allow around 3 hours for the tour.
The publication of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga in 2005, set in the rainforest town of Forks, has brought tourism to the area.
Forks may the the timber capital of the world, but for the last decade it has also been the setting of imagined battles between werewolves and vampires, along with a very sweet love story between Bella, a human, and Edward, an immortal vampire.
In fact, houses and locations throughout the region have been identified which could easily represent the places and events in the various Twilight Saga books.
Come and take the tour for yourself, or simply enjoy your own visit to the beautiful region surrounding Forks Washington.