Twanoh State Park
WHAT: Twanoh is a 182-acre marine state park with 3,167 feet of shoreline on Hood Canal. Washington State Parks’ website boasts that this is one of the warmest saltwater beaches in Washington, but you probably won’t notice the warmth this time of year. Twanoh is a good place for watching wildlife, walking on the beach, playing volleyball or taking a short hike on the 2.5 miles of trails. The park is open for camping all year.
WHEN: Open for day use from 8 a.m.-dusk (6:30 a.m.-dusk in summer).
WHERE: Eight miles west of Belfair.
GETTING THERE: From state Route 16 near Gig Harbor, take state Route 302 west to state Route 3. Head north, then turn west on state Route 106. Coming from the south on U.S. Highway 101, take state Route 106 east to the park. From Bremerton, take state Route 3 to Belfair, then state Route 106 to the park.
COST: A day-use Discover Pass is $10, while an annual pass is $30. Camping fees range from $12-$29 per night.
HISTORY: The park’s name comes from the Twana tribe, better known as the Skokomish, according the park website. “Twanoh” is an American Indian word meaning “gathering place.” Twanoh was a private resort before it became a state park.
OF NOTE: Twanoh is a popular boating park with one ramp, 100 feet of dock and 200 feet of moorage. The park has one badminton area, 20 fire circles and a horseshoe pit. The picnic facilities include two kitchen shelters, one with 150-person capacity and one with 40-person capacity. There are 125 unsheltered picnic tables. It is also part of the Cascadia Marine Trail, wwta.org.