Welcome to Forks, WA the home of the PNW. Learn some insider tips on what to do and where to go from a born and raised local.
Welcome to Forks Washington and the forever mystery of the PNW!
We are so excited to have you visit us and for you to be reading about our tiny little town.
Forks, Washington is what we call the gem of the forest, a town of now 5,000 people that started out with 3,000 when the Twilight phenomenon hit our town in the early 00’s. Best known for our amazing mountains, rain and of course being the quietest space in the world with our Hoh Rainforest.
Let’s dive in and talk about what to do, and where to go when you visit the upper left PNW.
These are tips on not-so hidden spots open to the public to go and adventure in!
There’s some places in Forks, WA that tourists don’t ever seem to know about, but are the coolest spots to go to. Things like hidden trails and small shops to duck into when it’s pouring down rain.
How to get there: Take the trail right behind the visitors center on the right (near the large parking lot) and hike up towards the ONRC building ( large building on the top of the hill ran by the University of Washington). You'll find yourself near the road and on the right hand side of you, there will be a trail head opening that you have to walk across the road to get to ( look both ways! This is a common cruising route for teenagers so make sure to stop and listen before crossing the street) You'll follow this trail to find a geocache near you, and if you're visiting in the winter a beautiful lookout! Continue following the trail down and you'll eventually get yourself down towards the visitors center.
Where to see them: Once you're done with your hike to the ONRC and the lookout, right across from where you have parked is one of the spots you can see the elk pretty regularly. Right at the back of the local airport the elk typically hangout there before 9am - so make sure to check on them then! But be warned. This airport has security, any unlawful access will give you a nice trip to the Forks jail. Say hi to my dad for me! Always try to be quite when looking at the elk, no matter how far away you are because they startle extremely easily and can run into on going traffic.
- Another great spot is actually past City Hall! Which we'll talk about a little later, near the Miller Tree Inn there are large farming fields where one of the many elk herds typically lay. Make sure to pull over and not stop in the road because local EMT's live down this way and need the road to be accessible at all times.
How to get there:
Drive northbound on 101 and head towards the Forks sign, instead of turning left to the pull in for the sign, take a right and find yourself in a parking lot. Walk to the left and go down the ramp! Remember Forks has a strict no footprint ecotourism habitat - meaning if you walk in with it you have to walk out with it. If you find anything I always suggest taking it with you and throwing it away to keep our ecosystems the best they can be!
Never fear fellow human! We have some pretty amazing shops and things to do other than hiking in our town.
Forks, Wa is on the edge of 3 different tribal reservations, the Quileute Tribe, the Makah Tribe, and the Hoh Tribe. With so many beautiful languages merging into our towns tapestry, we get some pretty hard to pronounce words for street names or cities. So lets learn to pronounce them!
We sure hope that you visit us and see the quietest place in the world when it’s safe to do so. Make sure to stop by The Attic and Farmstand, and as always feel free to shoot us any questions on our Instagram, @theatticinforks.
We hope you enjoyed this short article about the beautiful Forks, WA, we’ll be posting a travel guide pretty regularly on our blog so look out for them!
Written by: Emma-Grayce Fleck
by Cheri Tinker