Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forest
The two state forests of Tahuya (23,000 acres in Mason County), and Green Mountain (6,000 acres in Kitsap County) are part of an extensive network of working forest lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide sustainable revenue for public services. Timber production, communication tower leases, and other activities in these forests help fund local county services, state universities, and the construction of public K-12 grade schools throughout Washington.
While both are popular destinations for those seeking diverse recreation opportunities, including motorized off-road and equestrian trail riding, the Green Mountain and Tahuya state forests are undeveloped working lands that provide habitat for native plants and animals, water retention and water quality benefits, in addition to income for trust land beneficiaries.
When working in or visiting these forests, always remember to:
- Be alert for other road users, ranging from heavy vehicles to bicycles, and check your speed accordingly.
- Know the fire risk and of any burn bans or Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) restrictions before entering.
Those interested in learning about planned forest activities in, or near, Tahuya or Green Mountain state forests may use our Habitat Conservation Plan, recreation planning, Forest Practices Application Review System (FPARS), and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) web pages to find out about proposed and authorized timber harvests, thinning projects, road projects, planning efforts, and other activities.
Located in Mason and Kitsap counties, Tahuya and Green Mountain State Forests offer a variety of recreational opportunities. Tahuya State Forest is popular for off-road vehicle riding and hiking, trail running, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, and hunting and has about 88 miles of trails for visitors to enjoy. Green Mountain State Forest, with 10 miles of trail, is a popular area for day-use picnic and provides opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and motorcycle and ATV riding. Each year more than 150,000 motorized recreationists and 50,000 non-motorized recreationists visit the Green Mountain State Forest, while Tahuya State Forest draws 200,000 visitors.
- To access recreation sites on DNR-managed land with your vehicle, you'll need a Discover Pass, your ticket to Washington's Great Outdoors.
- No need to make a reservation. Camping is first come, first served.
- Dispersed camping, or camping outside of a designated campground, is not allowed.
- Camping stay limit is 7 days in a 30-day period.
- DNR currently has a statewide burn ban through September 30, 2015. This burn ban prohibits campfires in state forests, state parks and anywhere else on the 13 million acres of Washington forestlands DNR protects from wildfire. Learn more about outdoor burning.
- Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Practice leave no trace principles. Pack out what you pack in.
- Day use fishing sites are open for fishing from April 15 - October 30.
- Stay on designated trails. Trails are marked with colored diamonds.
- White: Single-track trail
- Yellow: Two-track trail
- Purple: 4x4 trail
- Dogs allowed on leash. Horseback riders may bring unleashed dogs controlled by voice command.
View a trail map of the Green Mountain State Forest. For enlarged maps, view our east and west Green Mountain State Forest maps. Or, view a trail map of the Tahuya State Forest with enlarged eastern and western Tahuya State Forest trail maps.
You'll also find low-impact recreation opportunities at the nearby Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve. Use our statewide interactive recreation map to find recreation opportunities near you.
Green Mountain State Forest
Gold Creek Trail, in Green Mountain State Forest, ascends through forested land and meadows. Hikers can continue on Vista Trail and up around a beaver pond.
Directions: Turn right on Holly Road from Seabeck Highway and continue 2.2 miles. Turn left on Tahuya Lake Road NW. Go 1.3 miles. Turn left on Gold Creek Road. Go 1.6 miles to site entrance on left.
Green Mountain Horse Camp offers access to 13 miles of trails for horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, and camping. Vehicle access to this site is not available year-round.
Directions: Follow Green Mountain Vista directions to junction. Turn left and go .9 miles to camp.
Green Mountain is the second highest peak on the Kitsap peninsula at 1,639 feet elevation. It has views of the Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, the Seattle skyline, and Mount Rainier. Vehicle access to this site is not available year-round.
Directions: Follow Wildcat Trailhead directions. Continue west on Holly Road. 2.2 miles. Turn left on Tahuya Lake Road NW. Go .9 miles to and turn left on Green Mountain Road. Go 2.7 miles to junction. Turn right 1.3 miles to vista.
Green Mountain State Forest’s Wildcat Trail is a steep trail that follows a road formerly used for timber harvest access through many plant varieties. As the trail ascends look for views of the surrounding area.
Directions: Start south of Silverdale on SR-3. Go west on Newberry Hill Road for 3.1 miles. Turn left on Seabeck Highway and go 2 miles. Turn right on Holly Road. Go 1.8 miles to entrance on left. Day-use only.
Tahuya State Forest
This trailhead in the Tahuya State Forest provides access to single and two-track trunk trails, including Mission Creek, Stoffer Trail and Tahuya River Trail.
Directions: Start in Belfair. Take SR-300 for 3.5 miles. Turn right on Belfair-Tahuya Road. Go 1.1 mile. Trailhead is on right.
Howell Lake, in Tahuya State Forest, has fishing, swimming, and picnicking opportunities. DNR’s forested road provides multiple access points to the lake by extending around about half of the lake.
Directions: Start in Belfair. Take SR-300 for 3.5 miles. Turn right on Belfair-Tahuya Road. Go 5.5 miles. Site is on left. Get directions.
Elfendahl Pass Staging Area is a main trail access point to more than 200 miles of trail for both motorized and non-motorized recreationists. It has about 50 day-use parking stalls.
Recreation alert: Elfendahl pass staging area is getting repaved. The staging area will be reopened on Friday, July 24.
Directions: From Belfair, take SR-300 for 3.5 miles. Turn right on Belfair-Tahuya Road and go 1.9 miles. Turn right on Elfendahl Pass Road and go 2.3 miles. Trailhead is on right.
This primarily non-motorized, rustic campground is located near the Tahuya River and the Tahuya River Trail.
Directions: From Elfendahl Pass Staging Area, continue north on Elfendahl Pass Road for .6 miles. Turn left and go .1 mile. Site is on left.
This trailhead provides visitors access to the only exclusively 4x4-designated trailhead in Tahuya State Forest. The trail takes visitors through 7 miles of 4x4 obstacles and adventure.
Directions: Start in Belfair. Take SR-300 for 3.5 miles. Turn right on Belfair-Tahuya Road. Go 1.9 miles. Turn right on Elfendahl Pass Road. Go 2.3 miles. Trailhead is on left.
Located near the Tahuya River, Tahuya River Horse Camp is a popular destination for horseback riders.
Recreation alert: Campground is open from noon on Fridays through noon on Mondays annually from mid-April through end of October on a first come, first served basis. Walk-in camping is welcome during the week. The following weekends in 2015 will be non-motorized camping only at the horse camp:
- July 10 - July 13
- July 24 - July 27
- August 7 - August 10
- August 21 - August 24
Directions: Start in Belfair. Take SR 300 for 3.5 miles. Turn right on Belfair-Tahuya Road. Go 3.2 miles. Turn right on Spillman Road. Go 2.1 miles. Turn left and go .8 miles to site.
This year-round recreation site, located near Belfair in the Tahuya State Forest, offers access to more than 200 miles of multi-use, single-track, deep-wooded trails.
Directions: Start in Belfair. Take SR-300 for 3.5 miles. Turn right on Belfair-Tahuya Road. Go 1.9 miles. Turn right on Elfendahl Pass Road. Go 2.6 miles. Turn left on Goat Ranch Road. Go .7 miles. Site is on right. Get directions.
Twin Lakes offers picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming and viewing near a forested lake. The day use site is near a public (WDFW) boat launch for electric motor boats. Site has connections to the Tahuya State Forest trail system, including the single track Twin Lakes trail.
Directions: From the Belfair-Tahuya Road go past Elfendahl Pass Road. Turn right on Haven Way at the "Y." Go about .8 miles, turn right on Bennettson Lake Road. Turn right at the "T" on the Twin Lakes Road. Turn left to lake access.
Don Lake is a day-use site in the Tahuya State Forest popular for fishing and launching small boats.
Directions: From Belfair take SR-300, turn right on NE Belfair Tahuya Road and go 7 miles. Turn right on Dewatto Bay Road and go 2 miles. Turn left on NE Hahobas Way for .5 miles, stay left at the "Y" and travel .3 miles. Turn left to access the lake. Get directions.
In the Tahuya State Forest, this day-use site is the perfect spot to boat or fish.
Directions: From Belfair take SR-300 for 3.5 miles. Turn right on Belfair-Tahuya Road. Go 7.7 miles. Turn right on Tee Lake-Dewatto Road. Go 2.3 miles. Turn left on Hahobas Way. Stay right for 1.6 miles to site.
Robbins Lake, located in the Tahuya State Forest, offers visitors a beautiful setting to fish, canoe, or kayak.
Recreation alert: No vehicle access due to road construction.
Directions: See directions for Aldrich Lake. From Tee Lake-Dewatto Road and Hahobas Way junction, go .7 miles on Hahobas Way. Turn left at Aldrich/Robbins junction. Go .9 miles. Turn right. Go .2 miles to site.
Melbourne Lake is a day-use site located near Melbourne Lake. The lake is great for fishing and boating.
Directions: Start along Hood Canal (approximately 2 miles south of Eldon) on US Highway 101. Take Jorsted Creek Road (Forest Service Road 24) for 5.5 miles. Turn left onto gravel, one-lane road and go 1.8 miles. Keep left for .7 miles to site.
Located near the Tahuya State Forest on Hood Canal, Lilliwaup Creek is a year-round day-use site.
Directions: Start along Hood Canal about 2 miles south of Eldon on US highway 101. Take Jorsted Creek Road (Forest Service Road 24) for 5.5 miles. Turn left onto gravel, one-lane road and go 6.6 miles. Site is on the right.