Camping in the Northwest - From a family who thought they'd share notes
Grayland Beach State Park
 
Reservations made through Washington State Parks.
 
Grayland Beach State Park is a 412-acre, year-round, marine camping park with 7,449 feet of spectacular ocean frontage, just south of the town of Grayland. The park attracts kite flyers, kite-flying observers and those who just like a pleasant day at the beach.
 
Overall.
Wonderful park…. and very well maintained.  After going to Ocean Shores for 3 years in a row, we are moving our annual trip to Grayland because we like this park much better.  Very Popular campground -- book early!
 
Campsite.
The majority of campsites are hook ups for RV’s along with a number of Yurts for rent.  Everything is walking distance to the beach which is awesome.... and the beach is beautiful with less traffic that what you will find at Ocean Shores.
 
There are really two separate campgrounds:  On the beachline, or not.
 
  • Along the beachline, you can’t “see” the beach but it is only a short walk to it down five nicely identified trails.  Along the beachline is where the yurts are intermixed amongst RV spots which makes it fun if you want to gather a bunch of families and some don’t have RV’s…. they can stay in a Yurt!.
Note: that these RV spots don’t have sewer but there is a great dump station at the campground.  Also, these spots aren’t as “pretty” at the other campground as they are amongst more barren land – more“brown” surrounding than “green” but it’s nice to be right near the beach.
 
  • The other campgrounds (6 loops) are further from the beach down an easy to walk paved road.  It features a number of “cul de sac” type camping around a circle…. and more private as they are amongst trees / grass.  Each site is nice and private but could use some more “movement room” for family activities like corn hole, etc. These sites are full hookups.
 
Misc. notes about the Campsites:
  - Picnic Table at our site (50) was near fire pit and cemented into the ground
    so we couldn't move it.
  - Site 50 was near the Hosts, and it was a very quiet cul de sac.
  - There seems to be dumpsters at each cul de sac.
  - Being so close to the Ocean beach, I believe causes some irrigation issues on
   each of the Campsite pads.  A lot of them, even when it hadn't been raining still
   have soggy ground.
  - Firewood sold on site – but $6 for small bundle.  However, we found some 
     private houses on the main road coming in (State Route 105) that sell bundles
    of wood for a lot less -- 2 big bundles for $20.   
  - Sites 1-60 have water, 30 amp power and sewer (except Yurts 25 and 28)
  - Sites 61 - 105 have water and 50 amp power only (no sewer)
  - Sites 106 - 109 have no utilities
  - Sites 110 - 113 are primitive / walk in sites
 
Yurts.
Round, permanent domed tents.  Features include a locking door, windows, skylight, heat, light bunk bed (sleeps 3), futon (sleeps 2), electrical outlet, small table, covered porch, picnic table and fire pit.  Pet friendly with a pet fee required.  Have water and power hook ups (except #25 and #28).  Eight people allowed per site.  I've seen RV's even pulled into the Yurt site and if they are not the primary vehicle, they are considered an extra vehicle.
 
Bathrooms.
Nice and mixed around the campground and near the beach area.  Very well maintained and include showers at all restrooms, requiring tokens.
 
Beach.
Wonderful beach with great sand.  You can drive motor vehicles on it, but wasn't as populated like Ocean Shores -- well, at least in October.  We say people horseback.
 
Trails.
There are a few trails in the park.  A primitive trail to Borrow Lake can be accessed from Site 44.  It's advised to wear rubber boots.
 
"Play Areas".
Besides the beach, this park lacks a bit of  “green areas” for families to play ball / etc. 
 
Bikes or No Bikes?
Eventhough there are no real “trails” to ride, bicycle are handy at this park to explore with - especially for a family.  It would be a nice bike ride throughout the park since there are nicely paved roads throughout.  Lots of kids riding around on all types of "wheels".
 
Front check in office.
Very nice and clean.  Lots of pamphlets to pick up /maps.   Could use more things to "buy” – they have postcards, etc. but some essentials just in case would be nice.
 
Vicinity.
 
Grayland – not really worth mentioning.  There are some small gift shops, an antique store, a quick grocery store available to run into for essentials, and a few restaurants however they were scattered all around along a major road so moving from one to the other is a bit dangerous.
 
Right outside of the entrance to the Park, and past a real run down trailer park, is the "Beach Shop" which is a little house with gifts, ice cream, espresso and a nice deck to enjoy your treat.  My 4.5 year old daughter and I rode our bikes there one evening for some ice cream.  Note - this place doesn't have set hours, so it's a let down if she is closed and your daughter has her heart set on some ice cream (believe me, as it happened).  
 
There is also a "Local Bar and Grill" right next to the Beach Shop - so walking distance from the park.
 
Westport – (11 miles away) Fishing town.  Really great Jetty where there are surfers catching the waves.  Westport is very seasonal and in October, not much was open.  There are a number of gift shops, candy / ice cream and restaurant offerings but very few were open.  The restaurant we chose offered burgers, fish – was OK but very expensive and not great food.  There is a Westport Aquarium that looked ok. Lots of fisherman in the area with a dock they all fished off of.
   Notes:
     - Red Apple grocery store is pretty much the only grocery store in the   
       vicinity.  Therefore they can offer their product at higher prices -- so....
       stock up before you arrive!
     - Like Fresh Seafood?  My husband does - so he stopped into Merinos Quality 
       Seafood and received fresh 1 lb. Clams and 1 Crab for $20.  They are on
       Nyhus Street in Westport -- highly recommended!
     - The last full weekend in June is Westport's annual Pirate Daze that
       looks like a lot of family fun.  http://www.rustyscupperspiratedaze.com/ 
     - Westhaven State Park right on the beach in Westport and where you will
       find the surfers.  It is a great beach that offers a nice paved bike path that
       goes into the downtown area of Westport with benches along the way. 
 
Aberdeen - (25 miles away) offers anything you need, including a 24 hour Walmart, some retail shopping and all the fast food restaurants.
 
Tokeland - if you go South on Highway 105 about 10 minutes you will drive through the Shoalwater Indian Reservation and the Chevron there offered real cheap Diesel Gas!
 
Long Beach - if you want to explore the area, and since we extended one of our camping trips a few days, we just started heading South to see where it would lead us.  We went through the town of Raymond and decided to keep driving south another hour or so and spent the day in Long Beach - which was a nice little tourist town with great shops and restaurants.
 
Yes, we are camping, but we still need the Electronics.
Air card – very slow connection. 
Cell phone - intermittent.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                      Grayland Beach State Park
925 Cranberry Beach Rd
Grayland, WA
(360) 267-4301
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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