Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forest
   

Color Photo of 2 healthy bucks blend in with brush and rhododendrons

 
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 servicesTimber 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.

Recreation

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 84 miles of trails for visitors to enjoy. Green Mountain State Forest, with 16 miles of trail, is a popular area for day-use picnic and provides opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and motorcycle riding. Each year more than 150,000 recreationists visit Green Mountain State Forest, while Tahuya State Forest draws 200,000 visitors. 

Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forests Tips

  • Dispersed camping, or camping outside of a designated campground, is not allowed.
  • Camping stay limit is 7 days in a 30-day period.
  • Tahuya River Horse Camp is only open for weekend camping from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Dogs are allowed in Green Mountain and Tahuya but must be kept on a leash. Horseback riders may bring unleashed dogs if they are controlled by voice command.
  • Day use fishing sites are open for fishing from April 15 to October 30.
  • Be alert for other road users, ranging from heavy vehicles to bicycles, and check your speed accordingly.
  • Stay on designated trails. Trails are marked with colored diamonds.
    • White: Single-track trail
    • Yellow: Two-track trail
    • Purple: 4x4 trail
Target shooting
The Shoofly Pit in Tahuya State Forest is temporarily closed to target shooting, effective Feb. 1, 2019. Please do not target shoot in areas with signage stating that target shooting is not allowed. There may be DNR staff or contractors working in the area due to an upcoming timber sale. The Onion Pit in Green Mountain State Forest is also closed to target shooting.
 
A map of an alternative target shooting site currently in use in Tahuya State Forest is available here. The area in the West Tahuya block (lat: 123 o 04' 21.82", long: 47 o 25' 24.40"), which was previously indicated by a star on this map, is now closed to target shooting. This decision was made due to its proximity to private property and recreational sites and the need to protect public safety, natural resources, and other property.  
 
DNR is continuing work with area residents, target shooters, and law enforcement to identify and develop shooting areas that meet the needs of local user groups, residents, and the Department.
Target shooting is permitted on DNR-managed lands where it can occur in compliance with the rules outlined in the Washington Administrative Code regarding target shooting.

WAC 332-52-145

Firearms and target shooting
(1) What is recreational target shooting? Recreational target shooting is the use of a firearm or bow and arrow on targets and the sighting in of rifles or other firearms on department-managed lands. The department regulates and enforces target shooting on department-managed lands.
(a) The department may restrict target shooting for the reasons set forth in WAC 332-52-100.
(b) Persons shall not target shoot carelessly, recklessly, or without regard for the safety of any person, or in a manner that endangers, or is likely to endanger, any person, pet, livestock, wildlife or property.
(c) Persons shall not discharge tracer or incendiary ammunition or projectile devices on department-managed lands. For purposes of this subsection, "incendiary" means causing or designed to cause fires, such as certain substances or bombs. "Tracer ammunition" means a bullet, projectile, or shell that traces its own course in the air with a trail of smoke, chemical incandescence, or fire, so as to facilitate adjustment of the aim.
(2) Does recreational target shooting include hunting? No. This section does not apply to hunting activities, which are subject to the rules and regulations administered by the Washington state department of fish and wildlife.
(3) Where is target shooting permitted?
(a) Persons may target shoot in:
(i) Developed recreation facilities specifically designed for target shooting; or
(ii) Areas with an unobstructed, earthen backstop capable of stopping all projectiles and debris in a safe manner.
Persons shall not target shoot in any other location.
(b) Persons shall not shoot within, from, along, across, or down roads or trails.
(c) Persons shall not shoot on, at, across, along, down, from, or within five hundred feet, of:
(i) Recreational facilities that are not specifically designed for target shooting;
(ii) Residences;
(iii) Businesses;
(iv) Structures;
(v) Other areas as restricted;
(vi) Areas designated or posted as no shooting.
(4) What may be used as a target?
(a) Items that are commercially manufactured for the specific purpose of target shooting or similar targets privately manufactured by the person(s) engaging in target shooting that are consistent with this section.
(b) Unauthorized targets include but are not limited to:
(i) Natural features, except earthen berms or banks used as backstops for target shooting;
(ii) Vegetation;
(iii) Structures;
(iv) Gates;
(v) Vehicles;
(vi) Signs;
(vii) Other department improvements;
(viii) Appliances;
(ix) Furniture;
(x) Glass;
(xi) Privately owned or occupied structures;
(xii) Pets, service animals or livestock;
(xiii) Wildlife;
(xiv) Explosive and incendiary items;
(xv) Garbage of any kind.
Persons shall not target shoot at unauthorized targets.
(5) When is target shooting permitted? Unless otherwise posted, persons shall not target shoot one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise.
(6) Is possession of a loaded firearm in or on a motor vehicle permitted on department-managed lands? Persons shall not possess a loaded firearm in or on a motor vehicle, except as provided by state law.
(7) Who is responsible for disposing of spent items resulting from target shooting? Persons who target shoot shall dispose of spent items and remove all shell casings, targets, ammunition packaging, or target fragments resulting from their activity, with the exception of biodegradable clay targets. Failure to remove any such debris is prohibited.

(8) Any violation of this section is a misdemeanor except a violation of subsection (7) of this section is an infraction under chapter 7.84 RCW.

 
2019 events calendar
Check out all of the events in Tahuya and Green Mountain State Forests here.
 
Trail maps
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.

Other tips for your visit

  • Don’t forget your Discover Pass! Learn more about it at DiscoverPass.wa.gov
  • Campsites are available first come, first served at no additional cost with the purchase of a Discover Pass.
  • Enjoy a campfire in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds only. Always check for burn restrictions before lighting a campfire. 
  • Don't Move Firewood. Help protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. Please purchase firewood near your campsite. Find more information here.

Leave No Trace

For your safety and the safety of our wildlife, please follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace. You can brush up on them here. Food and garbage that is left behind or improperly disposed of can attract wildlife and create potentially dangerous situations for visitors. Please pack out all food items and garbage. NEVER feed wildlife.
 

Recreation sites

Green Mountain State Forest
Gold Creek Trailhead
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. Get directions
 
Recreation alert: Due to a timber harvest in the area, part of the Tin Mine hiker, horse, and mountain bike trail from Gold Creek Trailhead is temporarily closed. View a map of the closure here.
 
Green Mountain Horse Camp
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. Green Mountain Horse Camp is open on weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day annually. Campsites can accommodate up to a 25-foot RV, though size may vary by site. 
 
Directions: Follow Green Mountain Vista directions to the junction. Turn left and go .9 miles to camp.
 
Recreation alert: Wildcat Trail will be closed from the summit to the Green Mountain Horse Camp on April 27 for Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance's The Super Green race. Racers will take their bikes from the Summit of Green Mountain down the Wildcat trail through the Horse Camp, and end at the first GM-4 road crossing. Click here for more information about the race.
 
Green Mountain Vista
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 the junction. Turn right 1.3 miles to vista.
 
Wildcat Trailhead
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.
 
Recreation alert: Wildcat Trail will be closed from the summit to the Green Mountain Horse Camp on April 27 for Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance's The Super Green race. Racers will take their bikes from the Summit of Green Mountain down the Wildcat trail through the Horse Camp, and end at the first GM-4 road crossing. Click here for more information about the race.
 
Tahuya State Forest
Mission Creek Trailhead
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. Get directions
 
Howell Lake
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. The site is on left. Get directions.
 
Elfendahl Pass Staging Area
Elfendahl Pass Staging Area is a main trail access point to miles of trail for both motorized and non-motorized recreationists. It has about 50 day-use parking stalls. Can accommodate up to a 35-foot RV, though size may vary by site. 
 
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. Get directions
 
Recreation alert: The Elfendahl Pass Staging Area will be closed for an event May 4-5. 
 
Kammenga Canyon
This primarily non-motorized, rustic campground is located near the Tahuya River and the Tahuya River Trail. Campsites can accommodate up to a 30-foot RV, though size may vary by site. 
 
Directions: From Elfendahl Pass Staging Area, continue north on Elfendahl Pass Road for .6 miles. Turn left and go .1 mile. The site is on left.
 
4x4 Trailhead
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.
 
Tahuya River Horse Camp
Located near the Tahuya River, Tahuya River Horse Camp is a popular destination for horseback riders. Campsites can accommodate up to a 30-foot RV, though size may vary by site. Please be respectful of other campers and refrain from off-road-vehicle riding in the campground. Off-road vehicles must remain in or on a truck a or trailer. 
 
Directions: Take State Route 300 westbound from Belfair. Turn right on  Belfair Tahuya Road. Turn right on Elfendahl Pass Road, go approximately 4.3 miles turn left on Goat Ranch Forest Road and continue into Tahuya River Horse Camp.
 
Recreation alert: Beginning May 1, Tahuya River Horse Camp will be closed to ORV use.
 
Recreation alert: Tahuya River Horse Camp is open for camping weekends only from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 
 
Camp Spilman
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. Campsites can accommodate up to a 30-foot RV, though size may vary by site. 
 
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.
 
Sand Hill
Sand Hill Trailhead is a popular take-off point for exploring trail systems on the eastern half of Tahuya State Forest.
 
Directions: From Belfair, go west on SR-3. Turn right on Sandhill Road and go north about 2.8 miles. Trailhead is on your left just north of Sand Hill Pit.
 
Twin Lakes
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
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.
 
Aldrich Lake
In the Tahuya State Forest, this day-use site is the perfect spot to boat or fish. Aldrich Lake is closed for the season after Labor Day Weekend.
 
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
Robbins Lake, located in the West Tahuya Block, offers visitors a beautiful setting to fish, canoe, or kayak.
 
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.
 
Surrounding Area
Melbourne Lake
Melbourne Lake is a day-use site located near Melbourne Lake. The lake is great for fishing and boating.
 
Directions: Melbourne Lake is located in the Hood Canal State Forest located North East of Lake Cushman. Follow us highway 101 to Jorsted Creek road USFS 24rd. Take Forest road 24, 5.2 miles to gate 2420 gate is closed to motorized traffic, walk in 4.1 miles to Melbourne lake stay right at all intersections. Melbourne Lake is Day Use Only NO Camping.
 
Lilliwaup Creek
Located in Hood Canal Stations Forest near Green Mountain, 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.
 

Other recreation opportunities

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.