5.7 Average

Hard Rain Cafe and RV

Forks, Washington

5763 Upper Hoh Rd
Forks, Washington 98331
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 13
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 47.82139
Longitude: -124.18132

Elevation: 314' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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10 Reviews

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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 34

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

This park is the closest to the Hoh Rainforest entrance that has any type of services. The park basically is the outer perimeter of the restaurant lot. The sites are fairly uneven but usable. The sites on either side of ours would be difficult for almost any trailer to park due to ruts and uneven surfaces. The park sits on the main road so traffic during the day is heavy but it becomes very quiet in the evening. We had 30 amp service which seemed to work fine. The water spigot had been leaking for some time so the whole back portion of the site was marshy. We had no OTA television and Verizon was very limited. Across the road was a small dirt road / Trail that worked well to walk the dogs. The ranger entrance station to the National Park was about 6 miles. Our unit is 39 feet. We camped at Hard Rain Cafe and RV in a Fifth Wheel.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The whole rainforest is spectacular and well worth a visit. Saturday afternoon was packed with people and the ranger indicated this is fairly common. We would suggest going early in the morning so that you can really enjoy the peace of the forest.

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Review Count: 229
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 51

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This time of year the Park Service tends to close the Hoh CG due to the Elk rutting season. So if you're looking to spend some time in the Hoh Rain Forest and don't want to spend a lot of time commuting from camping 15-20 miles away this place is perfect. First off, it's kind of small, only has 30 amp power, water, and no sewer or dump station. They have a small store/cafe with some reasonable prices for meals but they have some very relaxed hours. We had 3G internet access through Verizon MiFi. They have no cable or WiFi available. The site was level and reasonably well drained and open so I think satellite TV would work OK. They do have several sites that need to have the trees trimmed back and maybe have some more gravel put down. There was no problem maneuvering around or parking our rigs, and a 45' coach would fit with no problem. If you absolutely need to dump your tanks the dump station in the park was still open even with the campground being closed. We camped at Hard Rain Cafe and RV in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Excellent hiking, fishing, hunting in the area. The store has a very limited stock of items so come supplied.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This park is all about location. It's close to the Hoh entrance to Olympic NP, but you have to drive a fairly narrow steep road to get there. Roads and sites were muddy even though it was dry season. Sewer connections had clearly overflowed and were no longer available. Restrooms seemed clean but were soaking wet and unappealing. There's no place to buy even simple groceries. We stayed till there were sites available in the national park and were very happy to move on to no services but a much nicer ambiance. We camped at Hard Rain Cafe and RV in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

So, here’s the skinny. We stayed here for four days in Aug. We had made reservations for a full hookup site, but upon arrival was told there were none available due to septic tank issues. We were informed that we could however use their shower and toilet facility. We had dumped that day so not have a sewer hookup was not an issue. We were told to take any available site and settled on site 13. One of only two in a small back area. It was peaceful, quiet and very close to the Hoh Rain Forest which was why we were there. Most of the sites were right behind the store and closer to the road, which is dead when the park is closed. Later during our stay the owner told us they had just made a considerable investment in the shower and toilet facility, however that had over stressed the septic system and that they would no longer be offering full hookups. We spoke for quite a while and it is clear they are trying to make a go of a difficult situation. I told them they should update their website to reflect the lack of full hookups as well as correct the price, which was $25.00/night water and electric. Bottom line. We liked the place for its location and secluded location. They also had a large field behind the shower were the dogs could play Frisbee. We will be back, I just will know what to expect. As a side note. My Verizon smart phone worked great. The AT&T iPad was pretty useless. We camped at Hard Rain Cafe and RV in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 139
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Rather rustic campground with the basic hookups. (Sewer is only available if you stay two or more nights.) But it's a good jumping off point for a visit to the Hoh visitor's center if you need water/electric which isn't offered in the NP campground. We camped at Hard Rain Cafe and RV in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Here is the short list that kept this RV park rating at 9 instead of 10. 1. I had to wait about 5 minutes to "check-in" since there was only one worker. 2. The first morning I had to wait 5 minutes for the single bathroom because I did not know there is a toilet in the shower room and did not have the access code either. That’s it. In other words this is a great place although as far removed from every other RV park I have ever visited as you can imagine. This place is low-key. I mean really low-key. The employees do not stay on-site at all times, so they told us to just check in with them in the morning. One piece of advice, if you are going to do the same, ask for the shower access code. Then if you need to use the bathroom and it is occupied, you can use the one in the shower room. By the way, both the bathroom and shower are brand new. Actually almost brand new as they are still in work. Nice, tile floors and walls, and totally clean. The big item missing is anywhere to hang something in the shower area. I had to use door knobs, hinges, and the sink plumbing. Back to the low-key check in. All they asked is how many nights I was staying and if I wanted to use the sewer hookup ($30 with, $25 without). No license plate, no phone number, no address needed. They did not even ask for an email address! The setting is beautiful, just over 5 miles up Hoh River Road from highway 101. Even though you are right near the road, it is quiet all night. We were in spot 11 that was very easy to back into, and I am no expert. The other spots looked equally easy to get into. The park was only half full on a sunny July weekend so this place can still be considered as undiscovered. We saw a solo Roosevelt Elk doe one evening and thought ourselves lucky. But then at 8:30 on Monday morning I spotted an Elk in the field just across the road from the RV park, and then I noticed there were some more and more and more, about 40 in all, with several males and several young calves galloping around having a good time. They noticed me watching but stayed put until a Harley came chugging up the road. Then they all took off running that was fun to watch as well but I wished the Harley had waited a while longer before riding by. This place is definitely on our list for a return stay. We camped at Hard Rain Cafe and RV in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

The park has a new septic system, so previous reviews about the sewer are now old news. This campground is all about location, and their spot on the entrance to the Hoh rain forest is primo. We booked via phone after seeing their $19/nt rate on their website. When we arrived, we saw that the rates were $20/tent $25/WE $30/full hookup. I mentioned this to the girl behind the counter, and she apologized but said that they raised their rates after spending $20k on a new septic system. After I told her that she needed to update their website, she gave us the $19/nt rate from the website. Spots are back in, but easy enough to get into. Spot #10 was very level, the others look level also. Easy to pull in from road, but very poorly marked as to which driveway to pull in. Little café and store is nice. Water pressure is good. Each site has a picnic table and a small fire pit. While we were checking in, the gentleman working there started yelling at the girl behind the counter (assuming husband/wife) that they don't do full hookups for single night stays, only water/electric. He then went into a long diatribe about how overnighters save their waste and just use them as a dumping ground and put baby diapers all kinds of other nonsense into their septic. I'm assuming he's just smarting from the cost of the new septic system, but a very poor customer experience regardless. We didn't need to dump so we could care less, but be warned if you're an overnighter that you may not be able to get full hookups. The guy was pretty rude, and obviously not aware that customer service is key in this industry. We would not stay here again simply because of the gruff owner, however your mileage may vary if you are lucky enough to only deal with the girl behind the counter. We stayed here at peak time (July 13), and there were only 2 other RVs here. Not good if you're a campground owner, I think that the poor reviews here are not helping them out any. We camped at Hard Rain Cafe and RV in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Made reservations 8 months in advance and was told that camp sites had full hook-ups including sewer. After arrival we assessed the sites and noticed that there were no sewer hook-ups at any of the sites. When speaking to the owner we were informed that he shut down the sewer hook-ups because "campers" were making a mess, and he had no intention of re-opening the hook-ups. We then asked if there were shower facilities available and again the answer was no. Since we had five people in our RV, with no sewer and no shower facilities, we chose not to stay. The location was perfect for us, but unfortunately we did not find the owner friendly or accommodating, so we had to find another campground in the area. We would not recommend this campground to those who really need full hook-ups. We camped at Hard Rain Cafe and RV in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2008 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

We were disappointed in this RV camp based on previous reviews. Staff were friendly but the sites are not well maintained. Long grass and weeds lead to bees and bugs. We could not get the cap of the sewer connection and had to dump at our next stop. Aircard did work for computer. Close to rain forest a definite plus. We camped at Hard Rain Cafe and RV in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great little place, right next to the Hoh Rain Forest -- wonderful location. Very quiet. Lots of wildlife -- deer and elk. The bathrooms are kind of funky (otherwise this would be a 9 or a 10). There is absolutely nothing to do out here at night (which is why we like it). The people who run the cafe and RV park are very helpful, and the food at the restaurant is excellent. We camped at Hard Rain Cafe and RV in a Travel Trailer.

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