Take a walk, visit a DNR forest or natural area

It’s Take a Walk in the Park Day, and we’re celebrating with some of our picks for where to get outdoors for a walk in a DNR working forest or natural area.

View from the High Point day-use area. Photo/ DNR.
View from the High Point day-use area. Photo/ DNR.

High Point, Elbe Hills State Forest, near Eatonville
Enjoy a walk with views of Mount Rainier in our Elbe Hills State Forest. Access this day-use area from the North Point Trailhead.

Murdock Beach, near Port Angeles
Murdock Beach, located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, gives visitors a view of Vancouver Island. The only public beach access for 12 miles between Camp Hayden and the East Twin River, Murdock Beach offers a short secluded trail with sweeping views.

Merrill Lake, Merrill Lake Natural Resources Conservation Area, near Longview
Located in the Merrill Lake Natural Resources Conservation Area, Merrill Lake Campground offers high-quality catch-and-release fly-fishing. The campground is also near a 1-mile interpretive trail that takes hikers through old-growth trees.

Eagle Nest Vista
Located in the Ahtanum State Forest, Eagle Nest Vista offers expansive views. Photo/ DNR.

Eagle Nest Vista, Ahtanum State Forest, near Yakima
Intuitive of its name, this site offers a bird’s eye view into the surrounding North Fork Ahtanum drainage, Dome Peak, and the Great Rocks Wilderness Area. You can access the site via a quick walk from the parking area.

Douglas Falls Campground, Little Pond Oreille Forest, near Colville
Located on 120-acres, Douglas Falls Grange Park has walking trails in and around the campground, located near a 60-foot waterfall on Mills Creek.

Mount Baker seen from Blanchard Forest
A view of Mount Baker from the upper reaches of Blanchard Forest. Photo: DNR.

North Butte, Blanchard Forest, near Bow
A lesser-crowded option that Blanchard’s popular Oyster Dome, North Butte offers similar sweeping views of the San Juan Islands and Mount Baker.

Have other trails in mind? Use our statewide recreation map to find photos, directions, and more information. To learn more about recreation on DNR-managed lands, visit our website.

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