Looking for a place to go camping for a summer weekend, but don’t want to drive too far from the Seattle area? Then check out the campgrounds in the recently created Teanaway Community Forest. In September of 2013, The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) announced the purchase of 50,272 acres from American Forest Holdings in the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed which have been designated as the Teanaway Community Forest. The acquisition is the largest single land transaction in Washington State in 45 years. The purchase included two existing campgrounds. These combined with one established DNR campground in the area equates to three great campgrounds to enjoy in the Teanaway Community Forest with each offering its own unique outdoor experience. All three campgrounds have sites capable of accommodating RVs and are pet friendly, so long as your pet is leashed and waste is disposed of properly. Let’s take a look at the three campgrounds in the Teanaway Community Forest:
Teanaway Campground - This 55-site campground is the first you’ll reach after leaving Hwy 97. The site is set on a wide flat bench along the river and features tall, widely-spaced ponderosa pine trees as well as somewhat open sites. Five of the campground’s sites are group sites capable of accommodating up to four families. Two more of the sites are ADA-accessible. Visitors to this campground frequently report getting to hear the Teanaway wolf pack’s distant howls overnight. This campground is located adjacent to the Teanaway River, appropriate for fly fishing. Horseback riders, mountain bikers and hikers can explore numerous adjacent roadways and trails that are open to non-motorized recreation. Several geocaches can also be found nearby.
Indian Camp - The forest’s smallest campground offers 11 sites nestled among large trees on one side, which offer some privacy between sites. Several sites are located near enough to hear the soothing sound of the adjacent middle fork of the Teanaway River. Some sites are designated for equestrian use and three of them are large group sites able to accommodate several families. From the campground you have access to several single track forest service trails open to motorized and non-motorized use.
29 Pines - Furthest from Hwy 97 and the largest of the three campgrounds, 29 Pines features 59-sites and is your best bet for finding a campsite on a busy weekend. It’s also the only Teanaway Community Forest campground that remains open all year. Large conifers provide shade for some of the campsites or you can opt for more open sites located along the north fork of the Teanaway River. Currently this campground doesn’t offer certified fire rings, so no campfires, unless otherwise posted. This campground also makes a great base camp for exploring nearby motorized and non-motorized trails.
Note: All three campgrounds offer rustic camping– no reservations, no garbage service, no running water and no electricity. Vault toilets are provided. There is no fee to camp, but you do need to display a current Discover Pass.
What are you waiting for? Load up the RV and head for the Teanaway Community Forest this weekend and enjoy!
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