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Beautiful scenery, nice people, change of pace for city dwellers
Small, At Times Nosy
In a nutshell
Your stepping stone to Twilight and the Olympic National Park
Fantastic hiking trails (Hall of mosses), wildlife and beautiful scenics. The drive into the Hoh Rainforest alone is filled with an eery, serene feeling of tranquility.
Moss laden trees and open fields often with deer or elk.
Interpretive ranger led activities throughout the day.
A must do if you're in this neck of the woods.
Written Jul 12, 2011
Address: On the west side of Olympic national park
You have to start your "Twilight" thing somewhere and since I haven't read any of the books, I thought we should start at the Welcome Center. Good call, because they have maps of all the things you want to see in town. It's nice inside, there's a map where folks put push pins to mark where they traveled from. I did not get a photo of the world map but wish I had. :( Anyway, there is a truck of importance there (from the movie I guess) and the Timber Museum. It's a great place to start and don't forget to pick up a map while you are there!
Updated Dec 30, 2010
Author Stephenie Meyer decided to set Twilight, her story of star crossed human/vampire lovers in the "rainiest place in the continental United States" - the City of Forks, Washington, and the city has certainly enjoyed the heightened awareness/notoriety that the books & film have brought to the town. The city's Chamber of Commerce has also been swept up in the popularity of the Twilight Saga, and several locales around the city have been designated as sites from the story, including Bella's House and the Cullen mansion, as well as other existing sites such as Forks High School and City Hall, where Bella's father, the chief of police, works. To find these sites though, you'll need to stop by Forks Chamber of Commerce to pick up a map with all of these locations. Since the city is not very big, you can probably visit all of these sites, including La Push, the nearby Quileute Indian Reservation, in a few hours. They also have Twilight themed tours - the Chamber of Commerce will also have this information.
Written May 28, 2009
Address: 1411 S. Forks, Ave, Forks, WA 98331
The Hoh Rain Forest is a part of the Olympic National Park, which is a UNESCO designated World Heritage site. It is about 45-60 minutes south of the city of Forks on the Olympic Peninsula via Highway 101. The Hoh Rain Forest is one of the few temperate rainforests in the world. Because of the almost constant rain, everything is very green and lush, and there are many ferns and mosses growing in/on the trees - it is almost surreal walking through so much green! However, when we were there, the area was experiencing "Indian Summer" conditions and it was sunny with crystal clear blue skies, so we didn't get to experience the water dripping off of all the foliage. There are several hiking trails, including some short ones such as the Hall of Mosses close to the Hoh Visitor Center which is run by the National Park Service. If you can't spend much time here, at least poke around the smaller hiking trails around the visitor's center to experience the lushness of the forest.
Updated May 27, 2009
Address: Upper Hoh Road off Highway 101
Not far from Forks is the Hoh Rain Forest, one of the few temperate rain forests on the west coast of North America. This is the most popular of Olympic's four major rain forests: Quinault, Queets, Hoh, and Bogachiel. The rain forest is accessible by road and has a visitor center, as well as short trails leading around the rain forest. Hall of the Mosses and Spruce Nature Trail are the most popular; we hiked the Hall of the Mosses (see my Olympic National Park page for more on that).
Overall, the area is very enchanting, though at times, a herd of elk in the area may ruin your experience.
Written Jan 16, 2006
The Forks Timber Museum definitely has facts you never thought you'd know. It tells about the area around Forks, as well as some of the older families and history on the town itself. Forks is a logging community, it was even the lgging capital of the world for a short time, and today it's known for its High Tec High School. The logger's museum is well worth visiting if you have an extra hour.
Updated Sep 23, 2004
Address: Highway 101 on the very end/start of Forks
We had our evening meal at The Smoke House on September 1, 2009. We paid 63 USD and enjoyed the local atmosphere, but not quite sure whether this was good value for our money.
Favorite Dish: Fish and chips (cod), fried salmon and rice.
Updated Aug 13, 2010
Address: 193161 Highway 101, Forks, WA 98331
Big "Twilight" events - like Stephenie Meyer Day (Sept 13) - in Forks can swamp this tiny town with fans. Be sure to check the local calendar and book your accommodations WELL in advance if you're interested in staying here and your visit will coincide with one of these things.
Written Mar 28, 2011