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“How do I get to Forks, Washington?”

December 12th, 2012 by Lissy Andros

Lake Crescent


“How do I get to Forks, Washington?” is one of the most common questions we get when people contact the Forks Visitor Information Center.


• From SeaTac International Airport going the northern route (through Port Angeles):

Forks is about 3.5 hours from Sea-Tac International Airport.  And there are many ways and routes to get from Sea-Tac to Forks.  With some planning, it is very easy to get here by rental car, bus shuttle and even charter flight!  

If you rent a car at SeaTac and drive to Forks:

I recommend taking the Tacoma Narrows route from Sea-Tac to Forks.  This takes you I5 South  to 16W to 3N, then turn left and go over the Hood Canal Bridge on 104W, then take 101N and stay on that until you get to Port Angeles, where you will turn left (follow sign to Forks), then you will stay on 101 until you reach Forks.

These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

For other routes, please see below.

Transportation Services Available:

Clallam Transit Strait Shot From Bainbridge Island Ferry

You can take the Clallam Transit Strait Shot from Bainbridge Island Fairy to downtown Port Angeles. More information can be found on this link.

When you arrive in Port Angeles, you can rent a car downtown (at the Olympic Bus Lines office, next to the Transit Center) or take Clallam Transit (see below) to Forks.

Rite Bros. Aviation from Seatac or Boeing Field

You can charter a flight through Rite Bros. Aviation and fly to Port Angeles or Forks. Find more information here

When you arrive in Port Angeles, you can rent a car downtown (at the Olympic Bus Lines office, home of the Dungeness Line) or take Clallam Transit (see below) to Forks.


Clallam Transit – This is public transit and operates limited hours.  The Strait Shot runs daily, but there is no regular bus service on Sunday and some holidays.

Budget Car Rental – There is an office in Port Angeles that is locally owned by the Olympic Bus Lines so make sure that if you rent a car, you call them, and not the nationwide number.  They have rental offices in downtown Port Angeles and at the airport.  Their phone number is 360-417-0700 or 800-457-4492.

Clallam Transit and Rite Bros. Aviation are members of the Forks Chamber of Commerce.

Once you arrive in Port Angeles, there are a few “Twilight” spots to check out like Bella Italia (where Edward and Bella had their first date), the movie theater (currently in transition) and the book store – all featured in the books.  You will then travel the 56 miles to Forks where you will see the beauty of Lake Crescent while traveling through the Olympic National Park and Forest. Please see information below regarding road construction around Lake Crescent.

• From SeaTac International Airport going the southern route (this is a great way to avoid road construction projects (outlined below) slated to begin March 2017 around Lake Crescent):

This route takes you through Olympia and Aberdeen, then up along the coastline.  These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

• From Portland, Oregon:

Take I-5 north towards Seattle.  Exit Hwy 12, then Hwy 101.  These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

Have other questions?  Feel free to contact us at

Thanks and happy traveling!




Olympic National Park News Release   

March 7, 2018

For Immediate Release
Penny Wagner    360-565-3005

Lake Crescent Highway 101 Update: Traffic Impacts for Removal of Hazard Tree and Rehabilitation Project Resuming

PORT ANGELES, WA: On Wednesday, March 14 Olympic National Park and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) are partnering to remove a hazard tree from the Lake Crescent section of Highway 101 near Barnes Point.

Beginning at 9:00 am on March 14, WSDOT will close Highway 101 at milepost 225.5 just west of Barnes Point. Pacific Northwest Tree Service will then cut a Douglas fir snag over 150 feet tall. WSDOT crews will be onsite with their heavy equipment to clear the roadway. Once the road is clear for alternating single-lane traffic, WSDOT will allow alternating traffic through until the roadway is completely cleared. The duration of the closure could last an hour or longer and will depend on the amount of clearing needed.  To avoid the delay, drivers should plan to be through the area prior to 9:00 am. For information in real-time check the WSDOT Traffic Alert website at

Lake Crescent-Hwy 101 Rehab Project Resumes; 4-hour & 6-hour Delays Planned

Strider Construction will resume road work on the Lake Crescent section of Highway 101 on Thursday, March 15.  The work for 2018 includes erosion control, subexcavation, milling, and paving beginning on the eastern end of Lake Crescent and working west.

When planning to drive around Lake Crescent, here are three important reminders:

  • Expect up to half-hour delays during weekday work hours and slower travel through the construction zone.
  • Work hours will vary according to season and daylength.  From April 2-September 21, road work is restricted to two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset.
  • Work will occur on weekdays only and will not be scheduled on holidays or weekends.

In order to complete necessary subexcavation and deep patching, the contractor is planning a series of four-hour daytime delays and six-hour overnight delays. These longer delays are not permitted during the busy summer season between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The first planned six-hour overnight delays for this construction season are scheduled for March 19-21 and March 26-28 (Monday through Wednesday) from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am. During these six-hour overnight periods, Highway 101 eastbound from Forks will be open to the turn for Barnes Point where Lake Crescent Lodge is located. Highway 101 westbound from Port Angeles will remain open up to mile marker 232/East Beach Road. Travelers to and from the western side of the peninsula can use SR 112/113 as an alternate route during the delay.

The first planned four-hour delays for this construction season are scheduled to begin Monday, April 2 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The contractor is planning to use the four-hour delays daily Monday through Thursday, weather permitting, until all 20 of the allotted four-hour delays are utilized. The location of the work for these four-hour periods will move as the deep patch work progresses with more information forthcoming. Outside of the scheduled 4-hour delays drivers should continue to expect up to half-hour delays during weekday work hours.

This project is being managed collaboratively by the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service. An updated outline of the yearly schedule for U.S. Highway 101, is provided below.

March 15-31, 2018 and March 15-31, 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and 6-hour overnight delays (10pm-4am Mondays through Wednesdays only) may be scheduled and will be announced in advance.

April 2018—Late May 2018 and April 2019—Late May 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays may be scheduled (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and will be announced in advance.

After Memorial Day 2018—Early September 2018 and After Memorial Day 2019—late September 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.

Early September 2018—Mid November 2018 and September 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and 6-hour overnight delays (10pm-4am Mondays through Wednesdays only) may be scheduled and will be announced in advance.


Drivers can find updates and maps of the project area with current project information on the park website at The Federal Highway Administration website for this project is available at https:/




A very wet March in Forks!

April 9th, 2011 by contributor

population sign webForks just experienced a very wet March! The total rain for the month was 21.04 inches. The average rainfall for Forks in March is 13.01 inches, so it was wetter than normal here in Forks.

Here are a few comments from certain days in March by Jerry King, local weather recorder: “1 inch of snow; damaging wind, hail and rain; hail and snow flurries, rain and windy; cloudy and showers; partly cloudy; windy and rain; thunder and heavy wind and rain; cloudy with light showers most of the day; cloudy with a few spits of rain; cloudy and rain all day; windy and heavy rain.”

Of course this March was not the wettest March on record. That happened in 1997 when 29.42 inches fell. So the next time you feel bad about rain where you live, just think about Forks that gets on average 120 inches (10 feet) each year. Currently for 2011 (January – March), Forks has had 52.96 inches.

It’s Still Winter in Forks!

February 16th, 2011 by contributor

It’s still Winter here in Forks as can be seen by these scenes the morning of Thursday, February 17, 2011.

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2010 Forks Rain!

January 5th, 2011 by contributor

Total rainfall in Forks for 2010 calendar year was above the normal average with 136.36 inches (11 1/2 feet)! This amount of rain is graphically shown on the front of the Forks Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center as seen in this photo. Now the red arrow will start all over again at ground level for 2011.

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I’m Dreaming of a White Thanksgiving?

November 22nd, 2010 by contributor

snowYikes, it is white out! Could we be in store for a white Thanksgiving? For the second day flakes are flying in Forks and around the rest of the Olympic Peninsula.

Stormy Weather

October 22nd, 2010 by contributor

first beach“The Sea Was Angry That Day, My Friends, like an Old Man Trying to send Back Soup in a Deli.” A la George Costanza, the sea is getting whipped up for a big storm this weekend. Lots of rain and wind are expected. For those heading to the ocean beaches take special care when in the driftwood. There is nothing more spectacular than the force of mother nature!

Danger in the Woods!

September 21st, 2010 by contributor


There is danger lurking in the woods! Not from vampires or werewolves but squirrels, Douglas Squirrels to be exact. They have begun their gathering of fir cones for the winter and for anyone that ventures into the forest anytime soon there may be a shower of cones awaiting. Squirrels are working dawn till dusk dropping their winter meals for later storage. So watch out if you enter the forest you may be entering a “Cone-struction Zone”!

You know it’s really hot when….

July 7th, 2010 by contributor

jonahYou know it’s really hot when a chunk of the Forks Outfitter’s parking lot sticks to your tire. I made a quick stop at Outfitter’s after work last night. As I left the parking lot I heard ker-chunk, ker-chunk, ker-chunk, what the heck was that? Stopping and looking at my front tire I found a strip of pavement stuck to it. After some pulling I got it free. With 90 degree temperatures predicted again for today, there may be nothing left of Outfitter’s parking lot by the end of the day! A trip to the ocean, where temperatures should be a little cooler, may be in order.

Coastal Wildflowers

May 31st, 2010 by contributor


Although the weather may not feel like it spring will soon turn in to summer, sometimes it is hard to see the difference, but a sure sign that the season is changing is when the coastal wildflowers come in to bloom. The Fairy Lantern graces the coastal woodlands of the Olympic Peninsula. The cream colored flowers resemble small lanterns that appear to be threaded through the edge of each leaf. One can just about imagine the wee folk dancing about under the lighted blooms.

Doppler Radar Funded

December 20th, 2009 by contributor

doppler_radarWe’re about to get the same weather technology here on the West End of the Olympic Peninsula that just about everybody else takes for granted–Doppler radar! This is a big deal for mariners and outdoorsmen, who rely on accurate weather information for their survival. Up until now, the Olympic Mountains basically blocked the radar from Seattle, making it difficult to forecast our coastal weather.

According to a press release from Senator Maria Cantwell, our state has received full funding ($7 million on top of $2 million previously received) for this long-awaited project. The funding is part of the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law by President Obama last week. The new radar system will be able to track storms over 100 miles off our coast, which should greatly improve the National Weather Service’s ability to forecast weather coming in off of the ocean. It sounds like the plan is to build it in Grays Harbor County and have it up and running by 2012. This is a major step forward in the areas of public safety and accurate weather forecasting in our area. Thanks to Senator Cantwell and everyone else who helped to make it happen.