Capitol State Forest


  • Waddell Creek Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512
Just a short drive from Olympia, Capitol State Forest has trailheads, day-use areas, and campgrounds with access to the forest's hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and off-road vehicle riding trail systems. From horseback riding at Mima Falls to mountain biking and off-road-vehicle riding at Rock Candy, Capitol State Forest provides a variety of recreational opportunities. Horseback riding-oriented campgrounds, like the Margaret Mckenny, offer corals and hitching posts, while off-road vehicle-oriented campgrounds, like the Middle Waddell, provide access to the forest's motorized trail system. Visitors should follow these rules to keep their trips safe and fun. To access recreation sites on DNR-managed land with your vehicle, you'll need a Discover Pass, your ticket to Washington's great outdoors. Below are some important basics, but be sure to visit our website to learn the most up-to-date information available: - Campsites available first come, first served so there's no need to make a reservation. - Capitol Forest campgrounds are closed Dec. 1 - April 30 for the winter season. - Limit stay to 10 days per year. Camp only in designated campgrounds, from May 1 to November 30. - Enjoy campfires in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds only. Check for burn bans. - Pack out what you pack in. No dispersed camping allowed. - Trails are open to foot traffic year-round. - Off-road vehicle riders and horseback riders can enjoy Capitol State Forest trails from May 1 to November 30 only. - Dogs allowed on leash. Horseback riders and mountain bikers may bring unleashed dogs controlled by voice command. - Capitol State Forest has areas closed to target shooting. No shooting allowed