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Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Pampered Wilderness Millersylvania

Location: Pacific Northwest

As I have researched and written this Hidden Gems series this summer I have made some wonderful discoveries…many of which I didn’t have a chance to write about! Perhaps next summer I will continue the quest for all the Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest. But in the meantime, today’s final post of the series is about a very unique discovery, and one you should really check out. Let me tell you about Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Pampered Wilderness Millersylvania.

Rustic Retreat Cabin, Pampered Wilderness, Millersylvania

Millersylvania State Park

For all of my life growing up in the Puget Sound region, I have driven by the sign on Interstate 5 near Olympia directing to Millersylvania State Park. But I have never been there. What an incredible surprise to discover this gorgeous state park, easily accessible to most of the major population centers of western Washington. Wooded campsites, multiple group sites, historic structures, hiking trails, and a Deep Lake…Millersylvania is amazing. It is also home to the only tap house within a Washington State Park…Lakeside Taphouse. So much to explore here!

Old Growth
So Many Trails
Lakeside Taphouse
One of many historic structures built in the 1930’s by the Conservation Corp
Ponds and Lakes to enjoy

Pampered Wilderness

But the most astonishing discoveries at Millersylvania are the seven “glamping” canvas tents called Pampered Wilderness. What a surprise to find this independently run operation within a State Park. And these little babies aren’t shabby! Beautifully appointed, sparkling clean and comfortable.

One of seven, we chose Rustic Retreat for our visit

The seven Cabins or Cottages as they are referred to, are sturdy canvas tents, with wood floors and beams. Each with comfortable Queen Bed, linens, dishes, coffee maker, spices, small refrigerator and microwave. There is no running water but a water container is provided. Additionally there is small deck with chair, a picnic table and a sparkling clean barbecue. Units are all a short walk to the campground bathroom and shower.

Well constructed and comfortable


We have “glamped” a couple of times before, and had a particularly lovely experience outside of Aspen Colorado a few years ago. Pampered Wilderness was just as nice, and much closer to home. We visited Pampered Wilderness on a Sunday and Monday night in early August (they are open April through October) and found the park not full but still pretty busy. But we didn’t experience any noise or difficulty.

The section of Millersylvania that Pampered Wilderness is in is beautifully wooded Old Growth forest with tent sites or sites for very small trailers. Larger RV’s are housed in a different part of the park. We spent one entire day walking the trails of Millersylvania – 8 miles of hiking without getting in our car.

Lots of room

Our “cabin” was called Rustic Retreat, but depending on your aesthetic taste you can choose Safari Suite, Shabby Chic, Modern Wilderness, Country Cabin, Cozy Cottage or Fairly Light Cottage. Nightly rate is $244.50 plus tax for two guests. A third guest is an additional $25 and a cot is provided.

History of the Park

The Pampered Wilderness website has great information about the history of this beautiful area. They say…

Historic tree farm

This historic 842 acre park is nestled in broad stands of old-growth cedar and fir trees. With over 3,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake, it attracts boaters, swimmers and fishermen. It has more than 6 miles of hiking trails. The trails zigzag all around, so you are able to construct a loop of up to 5 miles – or less.

Deep Lake is very popular
Hiking through old growth forests

The park was originally called “Miller’s Glade” by the Miller family, who once owned the property. The family later changed the name to “Millersylvania,” meaning “wooded glade.” The park was originally homesteaded by Squire Lathum in 1855 before being sold to John Miller. Miller’s family gave the property to the state in 1921, stipulating that the land must forever be used as a park.

Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Pampered Wilderness Millersylvania

A true treasure, historic and beautiful, I am so glad to discover this hidden gem. We will definitely be back. I think it would be fun to take the family, and rent a couple cottages. Camping without sleeping on the ground…a girl could get used to that. Fabulous.


Thank you for reading my final post in this series Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Pampered Wilderness Millersylvania. See last week’s post My Travel Wardrobe 8 Months & 19 Countries.

Would you like to read the entire Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest series? Here are the links;

Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest -Rhododendron Species Garden

Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Rodeo Drive-In

Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Olalla Bay Market

Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Bloedel Gardens

Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Linger Boutique

Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Point Defiance Rose Garden

Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Maple Pass North Cascades

Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Boehm’s Candies

Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Hood Canale Beer & Wine Garden

NEXT FRIDAY we announce our itinerary for the continuation of The Grand Adventure Year Eight! Don’t miss it!

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  • Reply Bree

    What a fabulous place to stay. looks amazing, so peaceful and tranquil too. I always worry about how far the bathroom amenities are but now having a caravan ourselves I just go with the flow. I bet you came away feeling amazing.

    September 1, 2023 at 3:07 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      The potty is always an issue for me too. LOL. But it worked out fine. A lovely spot.

      September 2, 2023 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Linda (LD Holland)

    Pampered Wilderness Millersylvania looks like my kind of camping. Every now and then we would like to get out to parks but don’t have the gear. This looks like a lovely getaway. Fun that they have different themes for different cabins.

    September 2, 2023 at 6:56 am
    • Reply Laureen

      It’s perfect for a little “camping” without the gear!

      September 2, 2023 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Wendy

    I have never been glamping, but I really want to try it sometime, and Pampered Wilderness looks like the perfect place to go! I love the Pacific Northwest and appreciate learning about its hidden gems.

    September 2, 2023 at 8:35 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Thanks Wendy. I love it too.

      September 2, 2023 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply A Capone Connection

    This looks like such a great camping trip! I love the glamping vibe and I’m dying to try it. Thanks so much for the inspiration. Adding this to my wish list.

    September 2, 2023 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Denise

    I xhaven’tbeen camping in years, but I think I could do pampered camping!

    September 4, 2023 at 4:48 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      It’s a perfect solution!!

      September 6, 2023 at 6:22 am

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