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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Olympic National Park is a protected forest area in northwest Washington State renowned for its diverse ecosystems. The park, which covers an area of 922,561 acres (373,347 ha), comprises the Pacific coastline, the Olympic Mountains, and the temperate rainforest. It has a 73-mile (117-km) coastline of windswept coast. Two groups of Native Americans, the Hoh people, and the Quileute people, live in communities at the mouths of the two major rivers along the coast.

Much of the coastline of Olympic National Park has sandy beaches with some parts covered with big rocks and boulders. The interior is deeply forested. The most popular part of the coast is the 9-mile stretch called the Ozette Loop. There is a 3-mile hiking trail here with broadwalks that allows visitors to admire the coastal cedar swamp.

The history of Olympic National Park goes back to 1909, when U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt created Mount Olympus National Monument. It became a national park in 1938, after Congress voted to authorize its re-designation, and President Franklin Roosevelt signed the legislation. It also became an International Biosphere Reserve in 1976.

Olympic National Park was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 5th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Sydney, Australia, on 26 - 30 October, 1981.

Olympic National Park coastline
Olympic National Park coastline
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authorshipbrian from Sebastopol, CA, USA
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Olympic Coast, Washington State
Olympic Coast, Washington State
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 47 44 54 W 123 26 56 in Washington State, USA.
Inscription Year: 1981
Type: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, IX

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