Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

RV Park Review – Grayland Beach State Park (Grayland, Washington)

This was a fabulous 412-acre state park in southern Washington right on the coast.  The park has over 100 sites but they are so well spaced out that you don’t feel like you are camping with that many other people.  Some sites (like ours #90) have lots of privacy in the form of space and shrubs between them.  Our site was in a loop that backed up to the dunes and a short path right from our site led us to an expansive beach and the ocean.  For those not right next to the dunes there are plenty of beach paths that lead to the ocean and even an access point for those wishing to drive on the beach. 

A view of our site from the top of the dune (with the ocean behind me). 
Looking the other way from the top of the dune to the expansive beach and ocean.  

The park has 58 full hookup sites, 38 water & electric hookup sites, 16 yurts, four standard sites, and four primitive sites.  The park has multiple camping loops with large, paved driveways that will accommodate larger RVs (the website says the maximum site length is 60 feet). 

Roads in the park are concrete and are easy to navigate in a big rig.  Paved sites are a mix of back-in and pull-thru and are level.  Patios are gravel and have a fire pit and concrete picnic table.  Our site was 50Amp and water but no sewer priced at $37/night.  There is a dump station on site.

There are yurts available for rent with an adjacent RV pad.  The yurts can be rented separately or you can park an RV on the site for an extra $10.  The yurts are sparsely furnished with a bunk bed, queen futon and a lamp - there is no bathroom or kitchen.  

Bathrooms and showers were new and clean and well-spaced throughout the campground.

Our 4G Verizon phone and Hotspot worked well and we were able to get reception from our television satellite.

Overall, we really liked this park and wished we could have stayed more than two nights but scheduled plans had us moving on.  The camp hosts do a great job of cleaning and raking sites and the park is very clean and tidy.  We loved the beach access and privacy of our spacious site. 

What didn't we like? There really was nothing that we did not like about this park.  It was higher priced for a state park with no sewer but the spacious site and beach access made up for that.  If there has to be a ding, it would be the proximity to the nearest town.  About 10 miles away is Westport where you will find groceries, gas, restaurants, etc.  Westport is a working seaport with boats coming in daily with fresh fin and shell fish.  We stopped by a seafood market for delicious clam chowder and ended up going home with live Dungeness crab, rock fish, and prawns.  There is a mini mart within a couple of miles of the park.

Spirit's 2 cents:  She was in doggy heaven.  We never had to leash her up to get her from the campsite to the beach – she just followed the well-worn path leading up and over the dune.  She ran, swam, chased seagulls and frolicked in the soft sand.  There was also plenty of room to walk her around the campground but you can imagine which she preferred.

Can you see her smiling?

A few pictures of Westport

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