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.
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, 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.
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.
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