Grays Harbor is an area of extraordinary natural beauty, mild climate and abundant natural resources. The County sits at the center of Washington's Pacific coast. Its eastern border is less than 15 minutes west of Olympia, an hour southwest of downtown Seattle and 2 hours northwest of Portland, Oregon. With a lack of overcrowding and moderate cost-of-living, Grays Harbor residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life.
Grays Harbor ocean beaches offer many recreational activities, including clamming, fishing and surfing. There are over 55 miles of open ocean beaches, much of which you can drive on. The bay and the ocean provide unlimited fishing, boating, hiking and horseback riding.
Olympic National Park
The Olympic National Park extends into the County's northern border. It receives over 4 million visitors a year and is one of the most visited National Parks in the U.S., even more visited than Yellowstone. Made up of natural beaches, rain forests and rugged highlands, there are thousands of outdoor opportunities at your doorstep, and even more when adding in ...
Parks, Wildlife Areas and Trails
Grays Harbor County has a national park, nine state parks, nine wildlife conservation areas and numerous trails and walkways. Each community has its own system of parks, interpretive trails and recreational facilities for contemplative walks or invigorating exercise. Bald eagles, herds of elk, migrating whales, and the peaceful solitude of massive firs and hemlocks are never too far away in Grays Harbor County.
For centuries, Grays Harbor County waterways have been a source of industry, resources and recreation. With direct access to the ocean, harbor, rivers, sloughs, creeks and lakes, Grays Harbor County is a great place to explore by water. More than 12,000 visitors from around the world have cruised into the Harbor aboard luxury cruise-vessels for a taste of northwest history and natural beauty. The coast provides a variety of boating activities including deep-sea fishing, pleasure boating and whale watching. From the coast, visitors and residents can sail upriver to restaurants and activities in Aberdeen and Hoquiam. River fishing, sightseeing, motor boating and kayaking trips on the many rivers and sloughs are relaxing recreational activities.
Grays Harbor’s mild climate, with nourishing rain and long summer days, is perfect for gardeners. Whether you like to grow flowers, fruit trees or vegetables, it is hard to go wrong here. And there is lots of local support from master gardeners, – from nurseries to farmers – can help you with your variety selection and techniques.
Grays Harbor has great sports facilities for an area its size. For kids, there are dozens of programs in every community, from Pop Warner Football to Little League to soccer to swimming to martial arts. For adults, local municipalities and the Grays Harbor YMCA have adult leagues for sports. The Y is also one of many great places to get a workout, and, in its new building, has an excellent aquatic center.