Lewis and Clark State Park

Description

Lewis and Clark State Park, which is actually separate from the Lewis and Clark Trail, began as a "public camp" for automobile tourists in 1922. Two years later, more than 10,000 people visited the park annually. The old north spur of the Oregon Trail, which extended from the Cowlitz River landing to the city of Tumwater, passed directly through the present park site. When pioneers used this road, ramps had to be built over some of the downed logs (six to nine feet in diameter), since they had no saws capable of cutting the giants. With facilities built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Lewis and Clark State Park preserves a large tract of lowland old growth forest. Eight miles of hiking trails in the park include an interpretive loop through the heart of old growth forests. The park offers horse trails and a popular campground as well. The park also manages the nearby John R. Jackson Courthouse. Built in 1845, it is the first pioneer house west of the Cascades and north of the Columbia River. The 621-acre camping park is situated in one of the last major stands of old-growth forest in the state. Coniferous trees, streams, wetlands, dense vegetation and wet prairie comprise the park environment.

Address

4583 Jackson Highway
Winlock, WA 98596

Lat/Long

46.52482900, -122.81539530
Visit Website
(360) 902-8844

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