Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

 

Nothing is much more refreshing than rolling into your National Park campground. Newhalem Campground is definitely of some campgrounds inside the boundary of North Cascades National Park. We opted to remain at this campground during the others because it took reservations, was located in close proximity towards the town of Newhalem, and had the park’s Visitor’s Center within camp.

 

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

We reserved a site in Loop A, the only real loop that accepts reservations. Because of some itinerary issues we‘d just before our arrival, we pulled straight into the park each day sooner than our reservation with fingers and toes crossed that any site fitting our rig could be available for any night. Boy, we‘d not something you want to worry about. With Loop B and C both open only to first come, first serve arrivals, we‘d no problems finding a beautiful site during this wooded campground. Actually, our site was so spectacular, we spoke using the park ranger and stayed here our remaining nights. This campground is located down the Skagit River. Sites don‘t overlook the river, using the exception from the walk-in tenting sites. All sites do have old growth wooded forest surrounding them and therefore are spacious, private, and serene. There are many hiking trails inside the campground that lead you deeper straight into the park to view scenic points, or towards the Visitor’s Center, to Native American historical points appealing, or towards the hydroelectric facility. Interior roads and site pads are paved and level, and all sites are primitive and provide picnic tables and fire pits. Most sites are in, but several are pull through that allow larger rigs to more easily maneuver. Our site, and a few others, had designated tent pads. We used ours as our patio space. There will be truly no bad sites here ! The Visitor’s Center has all of the usual attractions of the National Park including, a video upon the history from the park, gift shop, exhibits, and in fact, National Park rangers to assist you with any hiking or informational needs. A dirt trail just over the bridge that brings you straight into the campground, leads you into town. While you get closer to town, the trail becomes a nicely paved biking / walking path. Within town you will see the hydroelectric facility, Ladder Falls, and also the Gorge Inn. There‘s also a small market and Visitor’s Information Center. In the Visitor’s Information Center you are able to make reservations to the” Dam Good Chicken Dinner in the Gorge Inn, formerly the mess hall to the Skagit River hydroelectric plant employees. I highly recommend this experience. It was the best food We‘ve ever eaten and was an experience in and of itself. The Inn is found out family style so we sat at an extended picnic table having a National Park ranger (I‘d been thrilled ! ) along with another folks. Together with a fabulous meal prepared by using the Gorge Inn original recipe coming from the 1930’s, the chef will come out and greet you and ensure you are enjoying your meal. After this, the park ranger will lead you on the historic light tour to Ladder Falls. Until recently, these falls and also the Gorge Inn were neglected and never functioning. We‘re there for the very first lighting from the summer, so the top from the rehabilitation project was together with us. A thrilling experience, and must see for visitors, this light show is simple, yet beautiful. Something to note : The hydroelectric plant includes a loud, whining siren they test every day at noon. Our first night here we woke as much as the sound from the siren and were panicked that there would be a dam failure ! We inquired subsequent day and learned they also sound the siren anytime it comes with an accident upon the bridge.

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Location
Good Sites : All
Poor Sites : None
Hookups : None
Potable Water : Yes
Dump within Facility : Yes

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