The closest public camping can be found at Millersylvania State Park (12 miles south of Olympia off I-5 at exit 95, 360/753-1519, www.parks.wa.gov). Tent ($14) and RV ($20) sites are available year-round. Make reservations ($7 extra) at 888/226-7688 or online.
Approximately 20 miles southwest of Olympia, Capitol Forest (www.wa.gov/dnr) has an abundance of primitive campsites (free; no water). Contact the Deptartment of Natural Resources at 360/902-1234 or 800/527-3305 for details and a map.
Olympia has an abundance of private tent and RV camping facilities, including several just a few miles from the center of town. Best among them is Olympia Campground (1441 83rd Ave. SW, 360/943-8778, www.olympiacampground.com), set on 10 acres of lightly wooded grounds. There are a ton of amenities, including a convenience store, a gas station, an ATM, a laundry room, a heated outdoor pool, and a game room with free Wi-Fi.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition