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Apple Capital Loop Trail
The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail circles the Columbia River at Wenatchee with 22 miles of excellent asphalt trail and lots to see and do. The trail begins north of Wenatchee in Lincoln Rock State Park and runs south along the river to the city. On the Wenatchee side the trail runs through...
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Audobon Lake Wildlife Area
The Audubon Lake Unit includes a variety of habitats, including an 80-acre lake, alkaline mudflats, grasslands, and channeled scablands, which attract a variety of birds, and this site offers great opportunities for birdwatchers. Hunting and fishing is prohibited on this unit. The unit is part of...
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Badger Mountain
The product of a grassroots public fundraising campaign by the Friends of Badger Mountain organization, the Preserve was established in 2005, the year of the County’s centennial.  Goals for saving Badger Mountain were to preserve views, protect upland shrub-steppe habitat, and provide for...
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Battle Ground Lake State Park
Battle Ground Lake State Park is a forested camping park in the Cascade Mountain foothills; its proximity to Vancouver and Portland and its cool green lake make it a great escape from the bustle of city and suburbs.
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Beacon Rock State Park
A dizzying mile-long switchback trail takes you up 848-foot Beacon Rock, but that’s not the only way to a tip-top experience. Rock climbing and hiking to waterfalls are the rage at this park, where there are plenty of vantage points for eagle-eye views. Cyclists and horseback riders also will...
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Beebe Springs Wildlife Area
The Beebe Springs Unit covers 1 mile of Columbia River shoreline that includes riparian, wetland, upland shrub steppe and cliff/talus habitats. This unit is easily accessible from Highway 97 just southeast of Chelan, and offers diverse opportunities for visitors, including an ADA interpretive...
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Bellevue Botanical Garden
The Bellevue Botanical Garden is a 53-acre area that includes display gardens, meadows, wetlands, and forests. The specific gardens include the alpine rock garden, dahlia garden, entrance garden, fuchsia garden, ground cover garden, Lost Meadow Trail, native discovery garden, perennial border,...
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Big Valley Wildlife Area
The Big Valley Unit includes the Methow Trails, maintained by Methow Valley Sport Trails Association for winter skiing/snowshoeing, and summer horseback riding, biking, and hiking. This large unit is mostly flat with little elevation change. The unit was purchased primarily to protect endangered...
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Bike the Olympic Discovery Trail
Bike, run or leisurely walk from downtown Port Angeles on over 70 miles of paved pathway along the Olympic Discovery Trail.

The Olympic Discovery Trail, a mostly paved path for biking, walking and running, extends from Port Townsend to Forks. Cruise by coastlines, rivers,...
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Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
With miles of explore-able and accessible trails, the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is located where the freshwater of the Nisqually River meets the saltwater of south Puget Sound, creating the Nisqually River Delta. The delta is a biologically-rich and diverse area that...
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Birch Bay State Park
Set in a blue cove between Bellingham and Blaine, Birch Bay State Park feels private and secluded without being far from urban life.

Stroll along the rocky beach and take in dramatic views of the North Cascades Mountains and Canadian Gulf Islands. Or head up the Terrell Marsh interpretive trail...
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Blake Island Marine State Park
Are you a boater craving island time? Do you paddle the Puget Sound on your days off? Or are you a dinner-cruiser visiting Seattle and eager to try the Native American meal and cultural event at Tillicum?

Accessible only by boat, Blake Island offers a change of pace not far from Seattle. In...
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Bogachiel State Park
Relaxation and Olympic Peninsula exploration are the name of the game at Bogachiel. Soak your feet in the river and take your time in this green-enshrouded forest. You have now seen a part of the world that few will ever experience. Bogachiel State Park is a thickly forested, 127-acre camping park...
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Cape Horn Trail

Trail Stats: 7 miles // Level: Most Difficult // Elevation Gain: 1300ft


This hike features gorgeous views, rocky crags, streams, and two waterfalls, and is one of the newest hiking trails in Skamania County. The full trail loop provides fantastic...


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Chambers Creek Regional Park
This 930-acre site includes over two miles of saltwater shoreline, two and a half miles of urban creek and canyon and breathtaking mountain and Puget Sound views. Enjoy a walk on the beach and public trails, play golf or dine at Chambers Bay, relax at Central or North Meadow or see the...
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Chehalis Western Trail
The historic Chehalis Western Railroad, which operated from 1926 through the mid-1980's, has now become the Chehalis Western Trail.  The trail runs north-south through the heart of Thurston County and links up with the County-owned 14.5-mile Yelm-Tenino Trail. It passes through a variety of...
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Chelan Butte Trailhead & Parking
Long hill or short hill - be rewarded with spectacular views from Chelan Butte on this hike! Well worth making it to the end, plus you might see some paragliders in this spot!

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Chief Joseph State Wildlife Recreation Area
Chief Timothy Wildlife Habitat and Snake River features a beginning friendly trail along the river. It is 3.4 miles round trip along a beautiful riparian habitat lands.
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Columbia Hills Historical State Park
This 3,637-acre park is composed of four different sites that offer a range of experiences. Horsethief Lake caters to campers and water-lovers. A group of significant Native American pictographs and petroglyphs are located in this area of the park, including the world-famous Tsagaglalal, (She Who...
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Cowiche Canyon Trail
The Cowiche Canyon Conservation manages over 5,000 acres and 30 miles of trails. There's distances and levels for every hiker with plenty of opportunity for bird watching, wildflower viewing, and panoramas of the landscapes. This shrub steppe is an incredibly unique area made up of grasslands,...
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Dash Point State Park
Dash Point State Park is set on the Puget Sound in western Washington and is a popular destination for water recreation. This 461-acre camping park features 3,301 feet of saltwater shoreline. The beach provides unobstructed views of Puget Sound and opportunities for sea-life study. The sandy beach...
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Des Moines Creek Trail
Explore Seattle’s Backyard first by land, then by sea. Just a few blocks south of Sea-Tac Airport, you’ll find the very walkable and always scenic Des Moines Creek Trail. Parking is available at the trailhead, easily located across from Angle Lake at S 200th St. and International Blvd. This...
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Diablo Overlook
Just east of the lake, Highway 20 starts gaining elevation to give you the best view of this incredibly blue-green lake from Diablo Overlook. Ample parking, a covered picnic shelter, and interpretive signage make this a must-stop. Learn about the history behind the dam and take in the breathtaking...
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Discovery Park
Discovery Park is a 534 acre natural area park operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation. It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. The site is one of breathtaking majesty. Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park offers...
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Discovery Trail, Long Beach
Go farther on the 8.5-mile Discovery Trail. This Lewis & Clark commemorative trail terminates at the north end of Long Beach with an 18-foot bronze tree and winds south to Beard’s Hollow climbing over the cape and into...
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Dosewallips State Park
Dosewallips State Park, only 60 miles north of Olympia, is the eastern gateway to the Olympic Peninsula. The region is made up of forests, mountains, rivers, beaches and deltas – and surrounded by sound and sea. This freshwater/saltwater park makes a perfect day or weekend trip. It can also serve...
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Double Bluff Beach and Off Leash Area
Already known as one of the best beaches in Washington State, Double Bluff beach is also among the nation's best dog-friendly beaches. Right next to the parking lot there is a grassy area with picnic benches and a barbecue. There's also a "doggie shower" as well. The dogs must be on leash there,...
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Dungeness Spit And National Wildlife Refuge
Stretching into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Dungeness Spit measures 5.5 miles and is the longest natural sand spit in the nation. The Dungeness Spit is part of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for wildlife. These calm waters and tide flats are rich in marine life and provide...
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Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
Amazing landscapes featuring the rich farmland of central Whidbey Island, this federal reserve, the nation’s first such reserve, seeks to protect the cultural integrity of one of the first places Europeans settled in what would become Washington. Almost 85% of the reserve is privately owned, and...
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English Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park

English Camp is located on Garrison Bay, 9 miles northwest of Friday Harbor. The Royal Marines lived at English Camp during the peaceful 12-year joint British/U.S. occupation of San Juan Island.

Today, you can visit sites from the Royal Marine era including the parade ground, barracks,...
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Evans Creek Preserve
Evans Creek Preserve features a Washington Trails Association built trail system in an ecologically diverse enclave. Wetlands, meadows, and hillside forest can be found in this 179-acre farmstead-turned-suburban nature preserve that will thrill both the hiker and the birdwatcher. Not only that,...
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Fields Spring State Park
Prepare to be wowed by Fields Spring State Park! Nestled in the folds of the Blue mountains, this 826 acres Southeast Washington frontier has some of the state's most spectacular scenery. The park's unique accommodations include two eight-person teepees and a 20-person loft in a lodge with a...
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Fort Casey State Park
So round up your family, friends and history buffs, and step back in time to Fort Casey Historical State Park. From the romantic 1903-vintage lighthouse, with its own interpretive center and gift shop, to the catacomb-like bunkers and batteries, this historic military fort is sure to ignite curiosity.
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Fort Ebey State Park
Set on the western side of Whidbey Island, Fort Ebey was constructed as a coastal defense fort during the Second World War. Its battery was dug into a high bluff and is great fun for kids, adult kids and World War II aficionados. Don't forget your headlamp or flashlight. The park's concrete gun...
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Fort Flagler Historical State Park
Step into U.S. military history at Fort Flagler Historical State Park on the northern tip of Marrowstone Island. Tour and explore a significant coastal defense fort established more than a century ago to guard the entrance to Puget Sound.
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Fort Worden State Park
The crown jewel of Washington’s State Park system, Fort Worden is a turn-of-the-century army base located just 1.5 miles from Port Townsend’s downtown core. It offers acres of saltwater beaches and miles of trails framed by stunning vistas of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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Frog Lake Interpretive Trail
A 3 mile long trail with a 200' elevation gain, this is a beautiful one for viewing the evidence left from the powerful Ice Age floods. It starts near Crab Creek, but quickly drops into the drier shrub-steppe habitat. Although so named, Frog Lake no longer exists. A meandering trail winds past...
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Galbraith Mountain Expert Mountain Biking Trail
If you’re looking for BIG Action on mountain bikes – head up to two of the new challenging trails on Galbraith Mountain – just on the outskirts of Bellingham...
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Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve
Gazzam Lake Park and Wildlife Preserve includes 444.6 acres of highly valued upland forests and wetlands in the southwest quadrant of Bainbridge Island and has an extensive trail system.

Gazzam Lake, in the northwest part of the park, is a 13-acre freshwater wetland area that has remained...
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Historic Curlew Bridge
Step back in time as you drive across this wood decked classic bridge. Then bring your picnic down along the Kettle River to relax in the shade and listen to the rushing water at Peggy Brixner.... A great pit stop anytime of year to stretch your legs on the grass or skip stones in this beautiful setting, welcome to Curlew!

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Homestead Trail
A fun 2.2 mile trail that has sweeping views up and down the Wenatchee River Valley from the river confluence to the Enchantments. This trail leaves the Lone Fir Spur and climbs up to meet the Old Ranch Road.

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Horan Natural Area
The Horan Natural Area consists of about 100 acres of wetlands. There are 2 miles of gravel trail that connect 15 viewing stations for walkers. These viewing stations allow individuals to learn about and experience a variety of habitats. Rich history and abundant wildlife viewing can be experienced...
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Hummocks Trail
When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, more than 1,000 feet of the mountain was destroyed and deposited in areas for miles around the volcano. Those pieces, known as hummocks, are large deposits of rock, mud, ash and other pieces of the mountain that vary in size — some as large as a few hundred...
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Icicle Gorge Interpretive Loop
Hiking the Icicle Gorge Trail, one of the most popular trails in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, is a wonderful way to explore the natural beauty of the Icicle Creek Valley. The interpretive loop trail has a gentle grade and scenic views of Icicle Creek, Icicle Gorge, and the surrounding...
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Ike Kinswa State Park
Ike Kinswa State Park is a great place to make summer memories. This classic state park sits on Mayfield Lake amidst a rolling patchwork of farmland 20 miles east of Interstate 5 and off U.S. Highway 12. Ike Kinswa provides idyllic days of boating, swimming and water sports for the whole family.
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Illahee State Park
Tucked between Bainbridge Island and Bremerton on the Kitsap Peninsula, Illahee State Park occupies prime beachfront on Port Orchard Bay.

A dense, verdant forest backs a shell-strewn beach at this classic state park, where a dock and a watercraft launch allow visitors to arrive by water or land....
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Kayak Point Regional County Park
A spectacular 428-acre saltwater beach park located along the shores of picturesque Port Susan. A good spot for viewing seals, sea lions, whales and shorebirds. From its 3,300-foot shoreline to its evergreen forests, Kayak Point Park offers a rich setting for a variety of outdoor activities,...
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Kopachuck State Park
Kopachuck's sun-warmed beaches and creaky forest will take you right out of everyday life and into a fairytale.

Snug in the curve of Carr Inlet a half-hour from Tacoma, Kopachuck State Park is an easy jaunt from South Puget Sound and the Kitsap Peninsula, and a lovely stop on an outing to Gig...
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Lake Crescent
Glacially carved Lake Crescent, with its deep turquoise blue water, is a breathtaking site in any season. Several hiking trails are nearby, some climb the surrounding mountains and other explore lowland forests and creeks. The easy hike to Marymere Falls is a favorite. It's a beautiful swimming...
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Lake Quinault and Quinault Rain Forest
Amble through a valley of towering trees and experience a dazzling glacier-fed lake. From forest to lakeshore, the theme here is water. This region is home to six record-setting giants--the largest western red cedar, Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, yellow cedar, mountain hemlock and western hemlock...
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Lake Sylvia State Park
Hidden in the hills between Olympia and the Washington Coast, Lake Sylvia is a classic state park. Set in a former logging camp above the historic town of Montesano, park life revolves around a large swimming and fishing lake that draws families to its shores all summer long.
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Lincoln Park
“Lincoln Park is West Seattle’s major multi-purpose park – a nose-shaped bluff on Puget Sound just north of the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal. Switchbacks on the north and gentle trails to the south connect a mile of seawalls, rocky beaches to a bluff of grassy forests and meadows with play and...
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Listening Circle At Chief Timothy Park
A short walk to this artistic landscape design by Maya Lin is located at this island park in the middle of the Snake River. The Listening circle is among many day use activities at this park, and it is open to camping as well. Experience the shores of this great river, that is very close to the...
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Marymere Falls
There’s nothing like a fun day of hiking especially when you end up at a gorgeous waterfall. Just outside of Port Angeles,  Marymere Falls trail offers a year-round scenic stroll to see...
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Maury Island Marine Park
Maury Island Marine Park is located on the east side of Maury Island, a peninsula of Vashon Island. One of the largest undeveloped properties located directly on Puget Sound with more than 1 mile of shoreline, the park provides stunning views of the East Passage, Mount Rainier and the Cascade...
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Merril Lake Wildlife Area
This 114-acre site consists of a forest cover of mixed conifers and hardwoods along a lake at the 1,550-foot elevation. Merrill Lake NRCA is prime habitat for birds of prey, including osprey and bald eagles, and is also home to waterfowl such as bufflehead, common goldeneye, and hooded merganser.
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Meyers Falls & Historic Grist Mill
Just south of the Town of Kettle Falls, Meyers Falls is located along the Colville River. In the springtime it is a continuous 133' waterfall cascading down the rocks. The Falls are named after Louther Meyers, who bought the rights to use water power from the Hudson's Bay Company. There was a brick...
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Mill Creek Dam And Bennington Lake Recreation Area
Mill Creek and Bennington Lake is part of a flood management project for the surrounding areas, during flash floods the water is diverted - protecting the nearby lands.

Bennington Lake provides the people nearby a way to get outdoors without having to travel too far out of the city. The lake is...
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Millersylvania Memorial State Park
Millersylvania State Park offers fun for everyone. Spend a summer day splashing in Deep Lake. Gather with friends in an historic kitchen shelter. Plan a romantic overnight in a luxury "glamping" site, or visit with friends and neighbors in a tent or RV campsite. Take a quiet walk through wetlands and old-growth forest.
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Mineral Springs Wildlife Area
The Mineral Springs Unit features riparian woodlands, mixed pine-oak woodlands, conifer forests, and grassland habitats. The chimney of an old water-bottling and dry ice plant serves as a roosting site for Vaux's swifts. A campground and boat ramp are located along the Klickitat River. A trailhead...
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Monarch Sculpture Park
Monarch Sculpture Park provides a quiet natural setting for visitors to interact with sculpture created by artists from around the world. On site is a one-acre maze shaped like a butterfly that is currently being restored, an interactive sound garden, picnic areas, and much more.

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Moulton Falls, Clark County
Lesser known than the waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge, the picturesque Moulton Falls offers a scenic day trip free from the typical crowds of waterfall chasers and selfie takers.

To discover this hidden gem, take a 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver along the Northern Clark County...
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Mount Constitution & The Watchtower
No trip to Orcas Island is complete without a visit to the top of Mount Constitution; a perfect culmination for hikers and bikers in Moran State Park.  Bright golden...
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Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park’s five developed segments consist of Longmire, Ohanapecosh, Sunrise, Paradise, and Carbon and Mowich—each of which supplies a different experience.

Longmire is the park’s national historic district, while Paradise has meadows teeming with wildflowers in the summer...
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Mount Spokane State Park
One of Washington's largest state parks, Mount Spokane has 100 miles of trails in the richly forested Selkirk Mountains. The summits of Kit Carson, Day Mountain and Mount Spokane are waiting to be conquered. The charming, historic Vista House atop Mount Spokane and the Quartz Mountain fire lookout...
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Mt Erie Overlook
Though it’s accessible via road, Mount Erie also has a trail to its summit, and is a great destination for a day hike. Fortunately, the viewpoints from Erie are just across the lot. There are several options for your view, but the best are to be found by heading towards the antennae, then taking...
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Mt. St. Helens
Located east of Castle Rock, on State Route 504, the Mount St. Helens Forest Learning Center fast-tracks geology and history lessons. Inside, exhibits include the “eruption chamber,” where visitors can experience the full-force blast fury and a virtual aerial tour of the crater. Thrill-seekers,...
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Mukilteo Lighthouse Park
Pack a picnic and come relax at this super neat spot!

The Mukilteo Lighthouse Park was constructed in the 1950s on a filled tideland and has provided continuous public beach access up to the present.  The former Washington State Park was deeded to the City in 2003.  In 2004, the City adopted a...
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North Cascades National Park
Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the...
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Olallie State Park
Renowned for its glorious waterfalls, Olallie State Park is a great place to kick off the hiking season. Moderate trails lead to the popular Twin Falls, the smaller Weeks Falls and other cascading water falls, or past the remains of a massive landslide to Cedar Butte.

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Olmstead Place Historical State Park
In 1875, the pioneering Olmstead family homesteaded the land claim at the site of the current state park. They originally raised beef cattle. The family switched from beef to dairy cows in 1892, producing butter for the Seattle market. Three generations of the family farmed this land over many...
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Pacific Beach State Park
Run with your kite, or your dog, on a flat sandy beach. Inhale the salt sea air and listen to the Pacific Ocean as it crashes on the shore by your side. Help the kids build sand castles, go fishing or dig for clams in season.

This small camping park northwest of Aberdeen features waterfront tent...
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Panjab Trail
Panjab Trail is an 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dayton, Washington that features beautiful wildflowers and wildlife. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

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Paradise Point State Park
Located 15 miles north of Vancouver and just east of I-5, Paradise Point State Park offers easy access to the Lewis River. Approaching the riverfront beach, you may be surprised by a great blue heron preparing for takeoff.
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Paradise Valley Conservation Area
Paradise Valley is a 793 acre conservation area located south of SR-522 on Paradise Lake Road. The site is located in the headwaters area of the Bear Creek watershed and plays a vital role in the health of this important salmon stream. A majority of the site is wooded with a several large...
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Pipestone Canyon
Explore a scenic and incredibly varied landscape near Winthrop where you are almost certainly guaranteed to see some of the region’s abundant wildlife.

Follow a mountain bike trail that winds through a canyon and a lesser-known rim trail. This is a great destination for a day and you can hike as...
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Point Defiance Park

Large park with the Point Defiance zoo & aquarium, hikes in an old-growth forest, gardens & beaches.


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Pomeray City Park
The City Park was purchased in 1901 from the Governor Cosgrove estate for the fair price of $600.00. It included large clumps of black willow trees which were native to the area. The remainder of the ground was largely covered by a jungle of undergrowth, which was later cleared and the trees now...
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Port Angeles Art Mural Trail
Follow a mural trail in Port Angeles, Washington on foot or by bike! Twelve outdoor art murals dot the downtown Port Angeles area and tell a tale of the town’s rich maritime history and Native American culture. This self-guided art mural tour will take you to both hidden and not-so-hidden works...
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Potholes State Park
The Potholes are the defining geologic feature near this eastern Washington park. A series of Ice Age flood-carved depressions in the earth, combined with the dynamics of the O’Sullivan Dam, created hundreds of tiny islands surrounded by “pothole” lakes.
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Quincy Lake Wildlife Area
The Quincy Lakes Unit has been shaped over time by lava flows, glacial floodwaters, erosion, and seepage from irrigation water. Visitors to this unit will experience towering 800-foot basalt cliffs, isolated mesas, stair stepped benches, box canyons, and potholes. Several of the potholes are filled...
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Rainbow Falls State Park
A rare cluster of old-growth trees creates an inspiring shadow to stand in. Rainbow Falls State Park, 16 miles west of Chehalis, is a walker’s paradise. Miles of loamy trails wind through the forest and along the river, to a small cascade that throws rainbows of spray at the sun.
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Redmond Bike Park
A place for local BMX and mountain bike riders, this park has three dirt-jump trails and a pump track that can be ridden by people of all skill levels. Whether you’re just getting your wheels under you or mastering your nac-nac’s, the Bike Park has something for everyone.

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Redmond Watershed Preserve
This 800 acre beautiful wooded area is managed primarily as a nature preserve, with a focus on protecting its wide variety of habitats, including ponds and other wetlands. The park's trails are multi-use: popular for hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.

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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1965 to provide wintering habitat for the dusky subspecies of the Canada goose. Today, the Refuge preserves both habitat for wildlife, and evidence of the people who once lived here. The approximately 5,300 acres contain a lush mixture of...
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Rockport State Park
Find your inner forest spirit among the rare old-growth stands of Rockport State Park.

The park’s ancient trees, having never been logged, form a landscape and ecosystem seldom seen nowadays, a canopy of towering evergreens so dense that minimal sunlight shines through.

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Rosario Beach
On the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass you will find this quieter Rosario Beach. Providing everything you hope to find on one of Washington's shores, its much flatter and closer to the water than the more popular heights. Explore tidepools, driftwood covered beaches, and picnic spots among...
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Round Mountain Trail
Round Mountain Trailhead

Up, up, and away! Hike to the top of Round Mountain through forests of fir and pine. Take in the views of Rimrock Lake and Clear Lake far below. The route ascends through forests of ponderosa pine, western white pine, western hemlock and Douglas fir. Soon Clear Lake and...
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Rustler's Gulch Wildlife Area
The Rustlers Gulch Unit provides a large contiguous area of healthy riparian and wetland habitats at low elevation, which is relatively unique in Eastern Washington and Pend Oreille County. The habitat supports many declining wildlife species populations such Townsend's big-eared bat, northern...
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Ruston Way Waterfront
Tacoma’s two-mile waterfront trail, dotted with pocket parks, connects directly to Point Defiance Park’s five-mile trail through old-growth forest, creating a continuous, seven-mile, woods-to-waterfront trail right in the heart of the city.

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Sacajawea Historical State Park
These 284 acres at the confluence of The Snake and Columbia Rivers is known as Sacajawea State Park. Stroll along the 1.2 mile hiking trail and over 9,000′ of freshwater shoreline. The park’s lands are sand dunes interspersed with wetland ponds just begging to be explored. This area is on the...
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Sage Hills Mountain Biking
Ready to get out mountain biking?!

Sage Hills contains a network of multi-use trails meandering over rolling hills right on the edge of down-town Wenatchee. There are great views and incredible wild flower displays in the early season (April - June).

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Scenic Beach State Park
Don't forget to pack a picnic for your date at Scenic Beach. This Hood Canal state park was recently named "Best Romantic Spot" by area residents.

Is your dog the love of your life these days, or does Fido tend to get lost in the chaos of family life? Either way, your pooch will be thrilled to...
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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.
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Sequim Bay State Park
Sequim Bay State Park is a year-round, 92-acre marine camping park with 4,909 feet of saltwater coast in the Sequim "rain shadow," just inside Puget Sound on the Olympic Peninsula.
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Silver Falls Campground
A beautiful hike and a waterfall too!

Silver Falls in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest was designated a National Recreational Trail in 1979 and is a local and traveler favorite alike, sure to delight you with its riches should you pursue out to unearth what the trail has to offer.

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Sinlahekin Wildlife Area
The Sinlahekin Wildlife Area includes approximately 22,200 acres in central Okanogan County. Elevation ranges from 928 feet on the Driscoll-Eyhott Island Unit to over 4,000 feet on the Sinlahekin Unit, which comprises most of the wildlife area. Dominant habitat types are shrubsteppe, wetland, and...
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Skamokawa Vista Park
Vista Park opened in 1981 on a 75-acre site along SR4 in Southwest Washington, located in the historic community of Skamokawa. Each year it draws locals and tourists alike for camping, picnicking, easy beach access, hiking, inspiring river views and recreational activities.
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Soda Springs Wildlife Area
The Soda Springs Unit offers diverse fish and wildlife habitat, including conifer forest, mixed pine-oak forest, Oregon white oak woodland, riparian forest, open grasslands, aspen groves, talus slopes, cliffs and bluffs. The diversity of wildlife these habitats support, and an elevation change of...
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Squilchuck State Park
Set deep in the mountains outside of Wenatchee, Squilchuck State Park entices the active adventurer.
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Staircase Loop Trail in Olympic National Park
The Staircase Rapids Loop Trail is an easy 2.5 mile loop hike hugging the cascading Skokomish River and meandering through magnificent old-growth forests. Halfway up the trail you'll cross a cable bridge with stunning views of the roaring water below. The trail is especially magnificent in the...
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Stonehenge WWI Memorial
Near the townsite of Maryhill, Washington, three miles east of Maryhill Museum of Art and just off Highway 14, stands a full-scale replica of Stonehenge built in 1918 by historic entrepreneur Samuel Hill. This site is open to the public as a monument to local soldiers killed in World War I. Sam...
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Sun Lakes Wildlife Area
The Sun Lakes Unit abuts Sun Lakes State Park and parts of Park, Blue, Alkali, and Lenore Lakes. Historic glacial floods in this area scoured and carved away millions of cubic feet of lava leaving behind a deep and long coulee rimmed by basalt cliffs; numerous cliffs, talus slopes, and bare rock characterize this unit.
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Sweet Creek Rest Area And Falls
The Sweet Creek Rest Area is a natural and scenic 38 acre parcel situated on the North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway and the Selkirk Loop (State Route 31) about 1 ½ miles south of Metaline. It was developed in 3 different phases with the help of the Department of Transportation grants as an...
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Swiftwater Picnic Area
Check out the incredible photo opportunities at this very scenic picnic spot along Highway 2. With 14 picnic locations in the area, finding some elbow room is a breeze. Plus, its only 6 miles outside of Leavenworth!

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Tapteal Water Trail, Tri Cities
The Tri-Cities, located in southeastern Washington, is home to a variety of outdoor adventures but the Tapteal Water Trail is the perfect setting for socially distant activities. The water trail has long been a favorite waterway because of the diverse scenery, and is popular with fishers, kayakers...
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Tenant Lake Wildlife Area
The Tennant Lake Unit is comprised of mostly floodplain of the Nooksack River. Tennant Lake is an 80-acre, shallow, peat-bog lake. Both the lake and Claypit Pond, a half-mile south of the lake, are bounded by extensive swamp/marsh areas. The unit was primarily managed for waterfowl and deer...
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The Big Cedar Tree in Olympic National Park
Discover one of the most impressive trees in the Pacific Northwest, a nearly 1000-year-old western red cedar. Located between Ruby Beach and Fourth Beach on US Hwy. 101 in Olympic National Park, you'll find a sign for the Big Cedar Tree leading east to a parking area. It's a short, easily...
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Tiger Mountain Trailhead
Located near Issaquah, Tiger Mountain and Raging River state forests offer a diverse range of recreation opportunities, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hang gliding, and paragliding.
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Turnbull National Wildlife
Turnbull encompasses approximately 16,000 acres of the Channeled Scablands. The ecosystem that predominates the Refuge is unique within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Forces of volcanism, glaciation and the largest flood in geological history have forged a distinct environment. Basalt...
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Twin Lakes Recreation Area
Nestled in at the south end of Upper Twin Lake, this site offers picnicking in a serene setting. Bright yellow balsam root are abundant in the spring. Popular activities here are fishing and paddling on the lakes, hiking, backpacking, hunting, horseback riding, waterfowl and wildflower viewing and...
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Washington Park Arboretum UW Botanic Gardens
The Arboretum is a welcome oasis on the shores of Lake Washington. Jointly managed by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the City of Seattle, its 230 acres contain a dynamic assortment of plants, some found nowhere else in the Northwest. Take a walk through the Arboretum and discover this beautiful living collection.
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Waypoint Park
Come enjoy and explore Bellingham's first waterfront park! This area has tons of history, and had 165 feet of bulkhead removed to create the beach that is here now. Pack the picnic, camera, and sunscreen!

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Wenas Wildlife Area
A 105,460-acre protected area managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
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Woodard Bay Conservation Area
Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area was designated by the legislature in 1987, one of the first in the state.  A wildlife sanctuary that is just minutes from downtown Olympia, this 917-acre site protects habitat ranging from marine shoreline and wetlands to mature second growth...


Woodard Bay provides habitat for shorebirds and songbirds, harbor seals, river otters, bald eagles, a large maternity colony of bats, and one of the most significant heron rookeries in the state. Three hiking trails are within the natural area: a paved road used as trail, a forested loop-trail, and another that is barrier-free, overlooking Woodard Bay. Trails may be closed seasonally to protect nesting herons and eagles.


Features protected: Five miles of undeveloped shoreline in Puget Sound, mature upland forests, freshwater wetlands, historic and cultural resources. (Thurston County)
EcoregionPuget Trough

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WT Wooten Wildlife Area
The W.T. Wooten Wildlife Area is spans approximately 17,000 acres. The main unit, W.T. Wooten, covers 16,445 acres in Columbia and Garfield counties. The wildlife area also includes the smaller McDonald Bridge and Swegle Road access areas in Walla Walla County. The main W.T. Wooten Unit is 25 miles...
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Yelm-Tenino Trail
Explore the Yelm-Tenino trail. The wind blowing through your hair and new experiences with friends...
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