‘Fall’ in love with DNR recreation

Don’t let the shorter days get you down. Fall is one of the best times to get away from the crowds and enjoy the colorful scenery. Many DNR recreation sites will be awash in color this week. Get inspiration for your next adventure in the fall photo journal below. Send your pictures to diana.lofflin@dnr.wa.gov, and like us on Facebook to see other fall photos.

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Brown is a fall color! This photo was taken last week on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail (also called the Milwaukee Road Corridor Trail), west of Spokane. DNR manages a portion of the 143-mile trail, from Columbia River to Lind, WA. The fence posts were charred in a fire that burned through the area in 2005. Photo: Mike Williams, DNR.
The Buck Creek Trail System is nestled in the forests above the Columbia River Gorge near White Salmon, WA. This non-motorized trail system winds through a working forest. One advantage of a recently harvested forest stand is the undergrowth foliage that changes color in the fall. It lights up the hillside in this photo. Photo: Donn Rasmusson, DNR.
Capitol State Forest near Olympia, WA is busy this time of year with hikers, hunters, and other recreation enthusiasts all sharing the road system. When you head out on any DNR-managed lands, remember that trails sometimes cross roads, so slow down and enjoy the fall colors! For more information, check out our Forest Road Survival Guide. Photo: Luis Prado, DNR.
The Olympic Peninsula is ablaze with fall colors and activity this year. This photo was taken on the South Fork of the Hoh River. Photo: Eric Steffen, DNR.
Boats have taken over the Hoh River for salmon fishing in the Olympic Region. Go for the weekend and stay at one of DNR’s campsites. Many of DNR’s campsites in the Olympic Region have river access. DNR does not charge for camping. However, make sure you display your Discover Pass in your vehicle. Photo: Eric Steffen
I hope you enjoyed this photo journal of fall in DNR-managed recreation sites. Send your pictures to diana.lofflin@dnr.wa.gov, and like us on Facebook to see other fall photos. Photo: Eric Steffen
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