I love the beauty of this drive south on Hwy 101 along the Hood Canal, even overcast and foggy days are enchanting. I prefer traveling south, because when traveling north on this fairly narrow road the canal is edgy on the downside. Traveling south the car is on the uphill side of the road. I had some delays for construction. Be aware of logging trucks amongst the traffic.
Lake Leland—6 mi north of Quilcene WA, off Hwy 101 along Hood Canal
At the top of the list coming south on Hwy 101 from Hwy 104, a good beginning for outdoor recreation:
Quilcene WA--2 hours from Seattle via Hwy 104; 1.5 hours from Olympia going north on Hwy 101
If you like small towns of the Pacific Northwest variety, this is a quaint little place on Hwy 101 along the Hood Canal. It's definitely not glitzy, but has its charms. I loved it, so reminiscent of part of my heritage. Of course outdoor recreational opportunities abound.
Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilicene Office--check ahead for hours/days open, but good info on exterior signQuilcene National Fish Hatchery--off Hwy 101 south of Quilcene WA
Not realizing how much there was to see if I'd only gone further on Fish Hatchery Rd, I didn't go far enough.Falls View Campground--off Hwy 101 south of Quilcene WAMt Walker Viewpoint--road off 101 south of Quilcene WA
I wasn't sure how far and what I'd find, so I didn't pursue this. The link below has a video segment about it.
Brinnon WA--Hwy 101 along the Hood Canal, 11 mi south of Quilcene, population about 1000 more or less
Point Whitney--3 miles north of Brinnon turn right at Cove Park & Grocery onto Bee Mill Rd nw 2 mi.
Plans were to replace the fishing pier over the summer of 2023. On the way is Camp Parsons, est 1919, oldest Boy Scout camp west of the Mississippi River.
Brinnon WA--in town
Dosewallips State Park--Brinnon WA, Hwy 101 along the Hood Canal
Day Use area accessed next to the gas & convenience store on Hwy 101 (north of the river), Brinnon WA
Trails to the beach & observation deck ae closed for the sake of the wildlife at critical times.
Day Use area south of Dosewallips River (east side of Hwy 101), Brinnon WA
Dosewallips Campground area
Pleasant Harbor--2 mi south of Brinnon WA, Hwy 101 along the Hood Canal
Pleasant Harbor State Park--no sign on Hwy 101
Signs at the entry of the road (marked on Google Maps as "Old Pleasant Harbor Marina") say Home Port Marina and one lane road ahead. The map shows only a marina and a dock.
Duckabush Recreation Area--5mi west of Hwy 101 on Duckabush Rd, south of Brinnon WA
This recreation area offers hiking & horseback trails, falls, fishing and camping.
Triton Cove--Hwy 101 along Hood Canal south of Brinnon WA
Triton Cove Tidelands
Triton Cove State Park--a bit south of Triton Cove Tidelands access
Eldon/Hamma Hamma WA--Hwy 101 along Hood Canal between Brinnon & Hoodsport WA
Camp Robbinsold—girl scout camp, can be rented/reserved by the public as well (see website for pictures)
Lilliwaup WA--7.5 mi south of Eldon (4.5 mi north of Hoodsport) on Hwy 101 along Hood Canal
Hoodsport WA--17 mi north of Shelton, 37 mi NW of Olympia WA
Such a quaint town! Lengthy Lake Cushman is only 5 mi up WA-119, though maybe longer to the part of it you want to go.
Potlatch WA--2 mi south of Hoodsport, Hwy 101 along Hood Canal
The Cushman Powerhouse #2 is such an historic treasure in Potlatch. Potlatch State Park is a nice place to picnic & play at the Hood Canal beach, and there's a restroom . . . not all wheelchair friendly.
Skokomish WA--6.5 mi south of Hoodsport WA; 10 mi or so north of Shelton; 33 mi NW of Olympia
With not many more than 600 residents, Skokomish WA is the seat of the Skokomish tribe and reservation. Fill up at Twin Totems gas & convenience store, or be seated in The Drift restaurant at the Lucky Dog Casino Resort (family dining, Prime Rib on Fri & Sat). Picnic, camp, boat, recreate. The tiny town of Union and Twanoh State Park are outside the reservation, up the NE side of the Hood Canal hook, on Hwy 106, off Hwy 101. "Twanoh State Park has restrooms, showers, potable water, year-round camping, boat moorage, a launching ramp, woodland trails, a swimming area, and picnic areas." A Discovery Pass is required to park in the park.
Mason Transit Authority—Olympia, Shelton, Triton Cove-Brinnon, Lake Cushman, Belfair, Bremerton
I've been in a wheelchair for 30+ years. It poses some challenges for traveling. Maybe others can benefit from my experiences.