Tired of wrangling a tent and poles? Want to get close to nature without nature getting too close to you? Consider renting a cozy cabin at one of Washington’s state parks. With comfortable furnishings, electricity and even heat, these cabins provide comforts from home, yet still offer families a great way to get out into nature in some of the most scenic locations. But reserve one now; these cabins book up fast!

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photo: Washington State Parks

Know Before You Go
1. Reserve your spot! Drop-in visitors are welcome as long as space is available, but cabins fill up quickly in the busy summer months. You can reserve online for most parks, or call 888-226-7688.

2. Discover Pass Not Required – You don’t need to buy a Discover Pass if you’re staying overnight in a Washington state park (your accommodation fee covers vehicle access for the park you’re staying in). But, if you plan on stopping in at other Washington state parks on the way there and back, we’d recommended getting the annual pass.

3. Bring the pooch! Some cabins are pet-friendly and the pet fee is $15/night per pet.

4. Fish Away! Kids under 15 do not need a fishing permit in Washington.

5. Campers must bring their own bedding, towels, cookware, dishes and utensils.

Washington State Parks 
Battle Ground Lake State Park
In the foothills of the Cascades, this park is a great spot for a family cabin adventure. Little anglers can try their fishing skills on the volcanic lake—it’s stocked with trout—and the cabins sit in a forested grove within walking distance of the lake. Each cabin sleeps five (furnished with bunk beds and a full-size bed) and includes a porch, picnic table, fire grill and deck; bathrooms and showers are nearby. There’s swimming, boating, bird watching and wildlife viewing and an awesome kids’ play area as well as hiking and horse trails. Psst! Be sure to check out the self-guided nature trail. Little peddlers can also ride bikes on the horse trails as long as they yield to horses.

Distance from Seattle: In Clark County. Approximately 3 hours south of Seattle.
Good to Know: The swimming beach is not open to the under 4 crowd.
Cost: $45-$79 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: Cabin C21 is pet-friendly.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/BattleGroundLakeStatePark?Map or call 888-226-7688.

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 photo: Skewlgal via tripadvisor

Bay View State Park
Bay View State Park’s cabins are nestled among Douglas-firs with views of Padilla Bay and the San Juans. The beach is within easy walking distance (bring binoculars for birdwatching). Cabins sleep four and include a double bed and two single bunks. Cabins 5 and 6 have toilets and sinks; cabin 6 even has a shower! There are shared restrooms nearby and each cabin has a BBQ and fire ring (perfect for roasting s’mores).

Distance from Seattle: In the Skagit Valley. Approximately 1.5 hours north of Seattle.
Cost: $45-$79 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: Pets are allowed in cabins 1-4
Reservationswashington.goingtocamp.com/BayViewStatePark?Map or call 888-226-7688.

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photo: Charlie F. via Yelp

Cama Beach State Park
This renovated 1930’s fishing resort is on the waterfront, just a skipping stone’s throw from a driftwood-strewn beach. There are lots of activities for kids including boating, toy boat building, fishing and swimming. You can also take your mini hikers on the mile-long trail to neighboring Camano Island State Park. The cedar cabins sleep 4-6 people, and have a living room, bedroom and kitchen (with refrigerator, microwave and sink); shared bathrooms are nearby. Psst! Splurge on a deluxe cabin and you’ll get your own bathroom with shower, toilet and sink.

Distance from Seattle: On Camano Island. Approximately 1.5 hours north of Seattle.
Good to Know: Deluxe cabin 33 is ADA accessible.
Cost: $57-$93 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: Pets are allowed in cabins 12 and 13
Reservations: Call 360-387-1550. Reservation staff are available daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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photo: Linnea Westerlind via yearofseattleparks.com

Camano Island State Park
Located just a mile down the trail from Cama Beach, Camano Island State Park has lots for young campers to do including beachcombing, hiking, and saltwater fishing. Cabins are located in a forested area with views of Saratoga Passage. Each has a folding futon that sleeps two and bunk beds that sleep three. The furniture was made by local volunteers with wood from trees cleared at the park. Each cabin has a fire ring, grill, picnic table and covered porch.

Distance from Seattle: On Camano Island. Approximately 1.5 hours north of Seattle.
Good to Know: Cabin 45 is ADA accessible.
Cost: $55-$76 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: Pets are allowed in cabin 44.
Reservations: Call 360-387-1550. Reservation staff are available daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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 photo: daveynin via flickr

Cape Disappointment State Park
A 18th century fur trader and the 19th Century Lewis & Clark Expedition felt rather let down by this spot where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. But don’t worry, your 21st Century campers won’t be disappointed! The cabins are tucked into an Alder forest on the shore of Lake O’Neil. Each cabin sleeps six and includes bunk beds and a full-size futon. There’s a covered porch, fire pit and picnic table and bathrooms and showers are nearby. Take your crew on the trail to the lighthouses (there are two) or Dead Man’s Cove (if you dare!). Psst! History buffs can tour a coastal fort and check out the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.

Distance from Seattle: Cape Disappointment is the furthest southwest point of Washington, just over three hours from Seattle.
Cost: $59-$69 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: Pets are allowed in cabins C1-C3
Reservationswashington.goingtocamp.com/CapeDisappointmentStatePark?Map or call 888-226-7688.

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photo: Dale Musselman via flickr 

Conconully State Park
The cozy log cabins sit by Conconully Reservoir – one of two lakes in the park. Cabins sleep 4-6 people and are furnished with a double bed and bunks. All cabins have A/C and cabin 1 is ADA accessible. Outside is a fire-ring with attached grill and restrooms are nearby. Psst! Keep your eyes out for mule deer and elk who often take a stroll through the park and frogs, toads and turtles who make their homes by the lakeside.

Distance from Seattle: In North Central Washington. Approximately 4.5 hours from Seattle.
Cost: $50-$74 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: Cabin 1 is pet-friendly.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/Home.aspx or call 888-226-7688.

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photo: Washington State Parks 

Dosewallips State Park
Dosewallips (pronounced DOE-SEE-WALLOPS) is an amazing park on the shores of both the freshwater Dosewallips River and the saltwater Hood Canal. It’s the place for clamming, crabbing, oyster harvesting, fishing and, if you’re really adventurous, geoduck digging (that’s GOOEY-DUCK for any non-Northwesterners reading). There’s boating and swimming and lots for the kiddos to explore. Cabins are sheltered by evergreens and look out over the Olympic Mountains. Each cabin has a living room and bedroom, with bunk beds that sleep three and a futon couch that sleeps two. Bathrooms and showers are also nearby. There’s a covered front porch, picnic table and fire grill. Psst! Elks are frequent visitors to the park; see if you can spot one!

Distance: On Hood Canal, just over two hours from Seattle by road or ferry.
Good to Know: Cabin C75 is ADA accessible.
Cost: $45-$69 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: Pets are allowed in cabin C1-C7 & C76.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/DosewallipsStatePark?Map or call 888-226-7688.

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photo: Inga K. via Yelp

Ike Kinswa State Park
Take a dip in clean, refreshing Mayfield Lake, then head back to your cabin, just a short walk away among the trees. Cabins sleep five and have bunk beds and a full size bed. There’s a covered front porch, deck, picnic table and fire grill; bathrooms and showers are nearby. There’s also plenty to keep everyone busy including hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing and swimming.

Distance from Seattle: In Southwest Washington, approximately two hours from Seattle.
Cost: $45-$69 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: Pets are allowed in cabin 4 & 5.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/IkeKinswaStatePark?Map or call 888-226-7688.

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photo: Washington State Parks

Kitsap Memorial State Park
A saltwater beach overlooking Hood Canal in the “Viking Village” of Poulsbo, Kitsap Memorial State Park is a great little getaway from Seattle. Each cabin has a kitchenette with mini refrigerator and microwave and is furnished with a bunk bed that sleeps three and a futon that sleeps two; bathrooms and showers are nearby. Outside is a picnic table and fire pit and all cabins are ADA accessible. After beachcombing and exploring tide pools, enjoy a picnic or head into town for fish ‘n’ chips or a tasty Norwegian pastry.

Distance from Seattle: A little less than two hours by road or the Bainbridge Island ferry.
Cost: $45-$69 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: No pet-friendly cabins.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/KitsapMemorialStatePark?Map or call 888-226-7688.

kitsap.memorial.state.parkphoto: Scazon via flickr

Lincoln Rock State Park
See if you can spot the rock that looks like Abraham Lincoln. Just the place to cool off on a hot day, Lincoln Rock State Park offers swimming, boating, hiking, bike trails, horseshoe pits, a children’s playground and more. The cabins have great views of the Columbia River and Rocky Reach Dam. And each cabin sleeps five and comes with two rooms and a covered porch, plus a picnic table and fire pit with a grate. Each cabin also has A/C – perfect for the sizzling hot summers east of the Cascades! Psst! Lincoln Rock State Park has a Geocache.

Distance from Seattle: On the east side of the Columbia River. Approximately 2.75 hours from Seattle via I-90. Or add a little time to your drive and take scenic Highway 2.
Good to Know: All cabins are ADA accessible.
Cost: $45-$79 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: No pet-friendly cabins.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/LincolnRockStatePark?Map or call 888-226-7688

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photo: Aaron M. via Yelp

Pearrygin Lake State Park
With kitchenettes, a private bathroom (sink/toilet) and A/C, you and your petite campers can enjoy the good life at Pearrygin Lake (there’s even a coffee pot!). Each cabin sleeps four people and is ADA accessible. Cabins are furnished with a full-size bed, full-size foldout couch, table and chairs as well as a picnic table, fire pit and deck. Rolling green lawns lead down from the cabins to the lake, where you can swim, boat, fish or just lounge in your floatie. If you’ve got more energy, try the 3.1 mile Rex Derr trail that starts just east of the boat launch. Pearrygin Lake also has lots to offer year-round, with cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and fat-tire bike rental in the winter. Psst! Impress your kids by splurging on the Vacation House with full bath and linen service.

Distance from Seattle: Near Winthrop in the Methow Valley. Approximately 4 hours from Seattle.
Cost: $69-$79 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: No pet-friendly cabins.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/PearryginLakeStatePark?Map or call 888-226-7688.

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photo: Stephanie P. via Yelp

Potholes State Park
Unlike the potholes we have to deal with in the city, these potholes are fun! The sand dune and marshy terrain makes a great splashy day for the kiddos – there’s swimming, boating, fishing and whitewater kayaking as well as a great play structure to climb on. Located a short walk from Potholes Reservoir, the cabins are quite rustic (there’s no plumbing but there is electricity and heating/air conditioning). Cabins sleep 4-6 people and are furnished with one double bed and bunk beds; outside you will find a picnic table and fire ring.

Distance from Seattle: Near Moses Lake. Approximately three hours from Seattle.
Cost: $55-$79 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: Pets are allowed in cabin 62.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/Home.aspx or call 888-226-7688.

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photo: Amy L. via Tripadvisor

Rasar State Park
A great place for spotting wildlife, including Bald Eagles, Rasar State Park is on the shoreline of the Skagit River. The cabins are in an Alder and Fir forest, an easy half-mile walk from the river. Each cabin sleeps five and is ADA accessible. Cabins are furnished with log bunk beds, a queen size log futon, log end tables and a four-person log dining room table. All cabins have a private bathroom with shower. Outside, there’s a covered porch, two Adirondack chairs, fire pit, picnic table and stand up BBQ brazier. Park activities include hiking (3.7 miles of hiking trails and 1 mile of ADA accessible trails), fishing and a children’s play area.

Distance from Seattle: In Skagit County. Approximately 1.5 hours from Seattle.
Cost: $59-$93 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: Pets are only permitted in designated cabins.
Reservationswashington.goingtocamp.com/RasarStatePark?Map or call 888-226-7688

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photo: Washington State Parks

Steamboat Rock State Park
You can’t miss the giant basalt butte “Steamboat Rock” as you drive the winding road to Banks Lake. This State Park features grassy areas filled with wildflowers, leading to a sandy beach that’s perfect for making sandcastles and a cool lake made for splashing and relaxing. The air-conditioned cabins sleep five, and are furnished with a queen-size futon and bunk beds. Outside, you will find a picnic table and fire pit with grate and plenty of activities to keep your crew busy. Hike, bike, bird-watch (watch out for Bald Eagles), swim, kayak, and enjoy the kids’ playground. During the winter, you’ll find ice-fishing, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Psst! Check out the amazing Laser Light Show at nearby Grand Coulee Dam. The show lasts 30 minutes and it’s free!

Distance from Seattle: Near Grand Coulee Dam. Approximately 3.5 hours from Seattle.
Cost: $49-$79 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: Pets are allowed in all three cabins.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/SteamboatRockStatePark?Map or call 888-226-7688

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photo: Benjamin Scott via flickr

Wallace Falls State Park
Wallace Falls State Park lies along the shores of two rivers and three lakes and features outstanding scenery with no less than nine waterfalls (the tallest is 265 ft). Cabins are within walking distance of the Woody Trail, which leads to Wallace Falls and Wallace Lake. Each cabin has bunk beds that sleep three and a full-size futon that sleeps two as well as a covered front porch, picnic table, fire pit, and BBQ. Activities include hiking, biking, boating, freshwater fishing, swimming and whitewater kayaking. Psst! Wallace Falls is also a great location for snowshoeing in the winter.

Distance from Seattle: Near Goldbar in Snohomish County. Approximately one hour from Seattle.
Good to Know: Two of the cabins are ADA accessible.
Cost: $45-$69 per night, depending on the time of year.
Woof: Pets are allowed in cabin 3 and 4.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/WallaceFallsStatePark?Map or call 888-226-7688

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photo: Abhinaba Basu via flickr

Glamping at Glamping at Moran State Park
If cabin camping is a bit too rustic for you, the Washington State Parks Commission partnered with Wanderlust Camps to bring glamping (glamour + camping) to Moran State Park on Orcas Island. Book your stay online, where luxury awaits (this is perhaps a grownups-only outing).

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photo: Wanderlust Camps

Have you stayed at any of these Washington state parks? Share your experiences and tips for cabin camping with others in the Comments below!

—  Helen Walker Green