Forks Attractions: Unforgettable things to do on a Forks WA vacation, plus recommended nearby activities in the beautiful Pacific Northwest rainforest.
Please let me warn you: Doing justice to a "west-end" vacation in the Pacific Northwest, depending on your own personal interests, is likely to take more than a few days.
There are an astonishing number of attractions near Forks, given that this is a tiny town lost in the heart of a temperate rain forest. And perhaps that is why: Many of the Forks attractions and activities are in some way related to the beauty and grandeur of the nearby rain forest.
Hiking, kayaking, rafting, and cycling are all options for active individuals and families. And there is hardly a place to go or see that isn’t embraced in verdant green.
Additionally, the Twilight Saga (by Stephenie Meyer) placed Forks on the map ten years ago. We recommend the books, and a visit to
many of the Forks attractions referenced in the Twilight books.
Forks Chamber of Commerce
1411 S Forks Avenue, Forks, WA 98331
Forks Chamber of Commerce Website
It’s not like the Forks Chamber of Commerce is an “attraction,” per se. But the good folks there are a wealth of information about Forks, its history, and the surrounding rain forest and other activities available to the visitor. They also offer information on Forks Twilight tours and also offer Twilight souvenirs for sale.
Forks Timber Museum
S. Forks Avenue, Forks, WA 98331
It is fitting that a timber museum is housed in an old log house. Get a fascinating peak into the history of both Forks and the local timber industry. Hopefully the $3.00 admission fee won't break the bank.
Forks Lumber Mill Tour
1411 S Forks Avenue, Forks, WA 98331
The Forks Chamber of Commerce manages tours of an operating saw mill in Forks. Admission is by donation. You'll be taken by van to the various sites of the tour. Allow several hours, or a half-day depending on how closely you like to manage your time. Very interesting and you’ll learn a lot about logging, milling, and sustainable forest management in Washington State.
Twilight Tours by TeamForks
130 S Spartan Avenue, Forks, WA 98331
Received 2013 Certificate of excellence by TripAdvisor
Twi-fans will enjoy the full tour of all the Twilight locations in and around Forks, including an evening hot dog roast on the beach. Or if your time is limited, take the 2-3 hour local tour.
Quileute Indian Reservation at La Push WA
Located at the end of La Push Road (Hwy 110), in La Push.
An incredibly scenic area. While you're at it, purchase some fresh and/or smoked fish to take with you.
La Push and its beaches are not in Forks proper; they are approximately a 10 mile drive to the coast along Hwy 110.
Olympic National Park Beaches
Within a few miles of La Push WA are 4 very cool beaches:
Rialto, First, Second, and Third Beaches. In fact, First Beach is at the end of La Push Road in "downtown" La Push, no hiking required. (Also no hiking to Rialto Beach.)
All of these beaches are beautiful sandy crescent beaches, with sea stacks creating a rugged coastline.
See Olympic National Park Beaches for the details on all of the beaches within the Olympic National Park.
Neah Bay, WA
Take Hwy 112 to as far west as it will take you - to Neah Bay WA.
Neah Bay is a working Makah Indian Reservation village supported by fishing, timber, and some tourism. There is at least one very decent restaurant, the Warmhouse Restaurant. But its main claim to fame is the Makah Indian Museum (below) and the Cape Flattery Trail, which takes you to the westernmost tip of the USA and a lovely view of Tatoosh Island.
Makah is pronounced Mah-KAW.
Makah Cultural and Research Center
Makah Indian Museum
1880 Bayview Avenue, Neah Bay, WA 98357
A “world-class museum in a remote location” is the opinion of one reviewer. It is fascinating to learn of the history of the "Cape People." The museum houses and interprets hundreds of artifacts from the Ozette archeological site - the location of a landslide that buried an entire village which was recently rediscovered.
Cape Flattery Trail
Getting there: Trailhead is on Cape Loop Road. From Bayview Avenue (Hwy 112) in Neah Bay, turn left on Fort Street. Go 3 blocks to 3rd Avenue and turn right. Go 1 block and turn left on Cape Flattery Road. Cape Flattery Road turns into Cape Loop Road. Keep going for several miles on Cape Loop. Follow the signs to the Cape Flattery Trail.
From the trailhead you'll encounter a 20 - 30 minute, 0.5 mile hike to the tip of Cape Flattery, through typical Washington temperate rain forest. Once at the end of the trail, you find several vantage points toward the southwest, west, and northwest. Tatoosh Island and its lighthouse are clearly visible, along with seal, otters, puffins, and many other seabirds.
All I can say is...so, so magical.
Bogachiel State Park
Hwy 101, Forks, WA 98331
The Bogachiel State Park is located 10 miles south of Forks on Highway 101. It certainly has a rainforest vibe, and is lovely for stretching the legs and day-use picknicking during a long road trip. Its campsites are ideal for tenting and small RV’s. You’ll need a Discover Pass for day use, a fee that is incorporated into the camping fees should you choose to spend the night.
If you’re looking for genuine rainforest, however, do make the drive to the Hoh Ranger Station, which will give it to you in spades. See Olympic National Park Vacation.
A trip to the Olympic Peninsula, especially to the west end and Forks, would not be complete without a visit to the Olympic National Park.
The biggest complaint that visitors
to the Pacific Northwest verbalize is:
"I wish I had lots more time!"
It takes days to do justice to a visit to the enormous Olympic National Park; but if you've made it to Forks, at least spare a day or two for this amazing national park.
The Forks attractions within the Olympic National Park can be categorized in 4 groups:
We highly recommend each of these Forks attractions!
Cities Near Forks