When we went to Mt. Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument we stayed at Seaquest State Park, which was about two minutes from the first Mt. Saint Helens Visitor Center. Upon the death of Alfred Seaquest the land that is now the State Park was willed to the state of Washington.
We were able to get a full hookup site for two nights. The other sites are electric and water without sewer and sites with no facilities for tents. Seaquest is a very basic park. I didn’t even think it was especially pretty. The picnic area had a lot of trees and I would consider that area pretty but not the sites.
The sites were narrow though they were pull-through sites so we didn’t have to deal with backing up. We had a picnic table and fire grill but they were closer to the Recreational Vehicle next to us! The Park is made up of loops. We were in loop T, which was a small loop yet there were two hosts. [See my picture for the camp site.]
There was an old playground with metal swings. I saw horseshoes and a nature walk. The area with lots of picnic tables was large so I suppose people come here from the Visitor Center to picnic.
Websites of course play up destinations. I read that this Park is a 475-acre, year-round park. I read that it was “beautifully forested” and “claims over a mile of Silver Lake shoreline, eight miles of woodland trails for hiking and bicycling, and spectacular views of Silver Lake and the surrounding area. There are children’s play areas, playing fields for team sports and great seasonal fishing.” You’ll go on to read that there are 7 miles of hiking trails one of which is handicapped acceptable, 6 horseshoe pits and 1 volleyball field. [See my picture for the playground and picnic area.]
I would take much of the above with a grain of salt and not expect what you may be envisioning.
The Park is open year-round; however some sites are closed in the winter. The rates differ depending on the site. A standard campsite is $15.00. There are 55 tent sites and 33 sites with some type of hookups. There are five restrooms, four of which are handicapped accessible. The maximum site length is 50 feet. Reservations are suggested in the summer. You can reserve a kitchen shelter with electricity and one without electricity on a first come first serve basis.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m. and check-out time is 1:00 p.m., which is unusual. Most check out times at campgrounds is earlier so you’ll be able to get in some more Mt. Rainer time if you stay here.
I would stay here again only to go to Mt. St. Helen’s as opposed to Parks I consider destination Parks or campgrounds.