Ashford Lodge Campground

Ashford Lodge Campground is located 6 miles from the Nisqually Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park and 50 miles (45-minute drive) from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and Ike Kinswa State Park.


The rustic campground has 5 campsites in the Ashford Lodge pasture. The lodge is an old 1917 bed and breakfast currently being restored. Furnished cabins with modern amenities are available for lodging a short walk from the campsites. 

Situated in a 1.5-acre pasture, each campsite has a sturdy picnic table near fir, cherry, and alder trees.

  • Site 2 is the shadiest (right under the cherry tree)
  • Sites 1 and 5 have partial shade,
  • Sites 3 and 4 have full sun for most of the day.

The campground is near a road, so there will be some traffic noise. Previous guests reported it’s still peaceful, especially in the mornings and evenings. All sites have partial views of the hills across the valley, and there is a large grassy common area for playing with dogs or kids. There is also an outhouse on site.

The campground is a short walk to the Ashford Grocery or for morning coffee at Rise and Grind or Whittaker Bunkhouse Cafe. It’s also an easy walk to BaseCamp Grill, right next door, for burgers, pizza, and beer. The entrance to the campground is a bit narrow so it’s recommended to keep the total vehicle length at or below 30 feet. Campers with trailers, especially, should use caution to avoid a ditch at the entrance. Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, and trailers. Please note the pasture is a grassy area, there is no gravel or pads to park an RV on. 



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  • Check-in: After 1 PM
  • Check out: Before 12 PM
  • Cancellation Policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Well socialized dogs are welcome but must be attended at all times

Activities Nearby

  • Biking on Forest Service roads nearby. Bring your own bikes. There are no bike rentals in the area.
  • Henley’s Silver Lake Resort has boat rentals
  • Swim at Rocky Point or Alder Lake Park
  • Fishing on Alder Lake and surrounding streams
  • Hiking, there are so many trails to explore at Mount Rainier National Park
  • EZ Times Trail Rides just outside of Elbe has guided horseback riding excursions 
  • Northwest Trek Wildlife Park offers opportunities for wildlife watching and a zip line/obstacle course 
  • Elk are known to hang out in the pasture from time to time. Sunrise and sunset tend to be the best times for wildlife watching.

Q: Is the campground open year-round? 

A: Ashford Lodge Campground is open May-September. The owner will try to keep the campground longer into the fall season as long as the weather cooperates.

Q: Is there a maximum number of people allowed per campsite? 

A: Yes, each campsite accommodates up to four people.

Q: Is there a dumpsite or place to hook up to water?

A: No. There is no dumpsite or potable water.

Q: Are there quiet hours I should know about that I can’t run my generator?

A: To maintain a peaceful vibe at the campground, generators aren’t permitted.