Belfair is the gateway town for the Hood Canal region, and is the town closest to Tahuya State Forest, famed for its miles of off-road vehicle and mountain biking. The ferry to Seattle at Bremerton is 22 miles east and Gig Harbor and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge are 30 miles southeast.
The area is home to two very popular camping destinations, Belfair and Twanoh State Parks. Heading south is the little waterfront town of Allyn, a classic tourist stop with great burgers, ice cream, local diner and beach perfect for a picnic. If you follow state route 106 southwest from Belfair along the south side of the Hood Canal, you can enjoy easy access to the Olympic Mountains and Lake Cushman along one of the most scenic drives in Washington. State Route 300 begins in Belfair and runs along the north shore of Hood Canal, providing access to Tahuya and Dewatto Bay.Other popular outdoor recreation activities are boating, fishing,cycling, kayaking.
Belfair has a few popular local eateries, the Bent Bine Brewery as well as a few chain restaurants like Subway and Starbucks. There are two major grocery stores. Local shopping includes gift stores. Several public golf courses are nearby, including McCormick Woods, Gold Mountain, Alderbrook, Trophy Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Lakeland Village. Gold Mountain is ranked on the top 100 list of public courses.
Belfair is home to the Theler Wetlands with walking trails meandering through 135 acres of tidal wetlands, offering boardwalks and well-groomed paths with scenic views of Hood Canal, Union River, and a tidal estuary. Birders flock to the area to view kingfishers, herons, bald eagles and other birds. Local vendors, farmers, and crafters can be found every Saturday at the "Belfair Saturday Market" during the spring/summer months in the Belfair Elementary parking lot.
Harrison Hospital operates an urgent care facility in Belfair. Local doctor offices are in the area along with other professional services.
The population was 3.931 at the 2010 census
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Tahuya is a waterfront rural community that is located on the north side of the Hood Canal at the mouth of the Tahuya River. Tahuya is 15 miles south of Belfair on State Hwy 300, a very popular cycling destination. The area features a number of recreational areas and stunning views of the Olympic Mountains.
Fishing, boating and shellfishing are popular here in the spring, summer and fall. Nearby sits the Tahuya State Forest, which encompasses several campgrounds and over 100 miles of off-road vehicle and mountain biking trails.
Tahuya's Rendsland Creek is designated by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife as an enhanced shellfishing beach, where visitors can harvest clams 6 months out of the year, and Hood Canal oysters year round. The local SummerTide Resort and Marina offers all of your fishing needs and has a market.
The first Saturday in July marks the annual Tahuya Day celebration, which includes a parade, food booths and vendors, and other attractions. According to the official tourism website for the county, locals largely recognize Tahuya Day as a celebration of the quirky place that residents live in "by choice".
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