Seaquest State Park

A pedestrian tunnel connects lush, forested Seaquest State Park with its more well-known neighbor across the road, the Silver Lake Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. The park makes a topnotch base for an exploration of the famous Washington volcano. 

The visitor center is a destination unto itself. Ranger talks, documentary film showings, naturalist-led hikes and interpretive exhibits bring to life the mountain’s geology and history. It’s a tour through time, from prehistory to the earth-altering 1980 explosion and the area’s recovery. 
Unwind from touring by strolling through Seaquest, where dappled sunlight streams through secondary old-growth trees. Hiking and biking trails abound, and a children’s playground features a human-made sand dune that will keep kids occupied for hours. A trail and boardwalk around the wetlands of Silver Lake offer birding and volcano views. 

If you’re headed to the U.S. Forest Service’s Johnston’s Observatory, Harry’s Ridge or Spirit Lake farther east, this state park will leave you with a deep appreciation for the resilience of nature – and a new context for what you will see as you travel closer to the mountain. 

Park Features


Seaquest is a 475-acre, year-round camping park across the Spirit Lake Highway from the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. Seasonal fishing, boating and swimming are available nearby. 

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

ADA Amenities/Facilities


  • Campground
  • Restroom
  • Hiking trail

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities

There is one reservable kitchen shelter with electricity. The park also has 108 unsheltered picnic tables. Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688).

Activities


Trails


  • 7 miles of hiking trails
  • 1 mile of ADA-accessible hiking trails

Other Activities


  • Amphitheater
  • Bird watching
  • Children's play areas (2)
  • Horseshoe pits (6)
  • Mount St. Helens Visitor Center
  • Volleyball field

Interpretive Opportunities
 

Mount St. Helens Programs


The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center is located across the road from the park entrance. It was incorporated into the state park system in October 2000. The center focuses on information about the volcano and features a first-rate exhibition hall. Formal programs last approximately 15-20 minutes and introduce visitors to the ecology, history, native American culture as well as the 1980 eruption sequence of Mount St. Helens; the most active volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join.