Capitol State Forest
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Capitol State Forest 
Capitol State Forest 

Capitol State Forest

Conveniently located just 5 miles from Olympia, Capitol State Forest is a popular place for a variety of recreation opportunities. Open to the public since 1955, campers, hikers, hunters, horseback riders, mountain bikes, and off-road vehicle (ORV) riders all play here. Whether spending a week in a campsite, an hour picking mushrooms, or taking an afternoon drive for the scenic views, an estimated 800,000 people visit the forest each year.

View the location of Capitol State Forest.

Motorized & Non-Motorized Use
Capitol Forest is divided into two parts to prevent conflicts between motorized and non-motorized recreation. Motorized recreation, such as ORVs, is allowed on the northern half, and horseback riding is limited to the south. Mountain bikers and hikers use both halves of the forest, with some trails limited to hikers only.

Seasonal Closures
Trails are open year-round for hikers and mountain bikers. Trails for motorized vehicles and horseback riders are open from May through November, along with the forest campgrounds. Trail closures during the winter help DNR protect forest soils and streams that are important for fish habitat.

CAUTION: Capitol State Forest is a working forest with active timber harvests occuring throughout the year. Some trails and roads may be closed temporarily.

Before you head out to the forest, check the status of the roads and trails.

Sustainable Recreation
With Washington's population increasing, and more and more forest land being developed, there are fewer forests for people to enjoy. As a working forest, Capitol State Forest can continue to be a place where people work and play outdoors, where the harvesting and replanting cycle brings an unending stream of revenue to the school and county trusts, and where native plant and animals and their habitats thrive—for centuries to come.

Learn howyou can recreate safe and sustainably on DNR-managed recreation lands.

Maps

Volunteers help create a better forest experience
DNR relies on the good work of volunteers to help build and maintain campgrounds and trails in Capitol State Forest. They pick up garbage, restore damaged areas, and provide information to visitors. Many people volunteer in organized recreation groups, some as individuals, and all care about the forest.

 

 

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 Contacts

General Recreation Contact
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
recreation@dnr.wa.gov

 Files

eng_rms_capmapnu_may2.pdf  Capitol State Forest Map  (4,482KB  PDF)

amp_rec_capitol_forest_rec_plan.pdf  Capitol State Forest Recreation Plan  (1,355KB  PDF)

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