Brooks Memorial State Park

Brooks Memorial State Park is a 700-acre, year-round camping park located between the barren hills of the south Yakima Valley and the lodgepole pine forests of the Simcoe Mountains. The park provides a variety of natural environments for visitors to enjoy. Over 9 miles of hiking trails lead along the Little Klickitat River and up through the Ponderosa and Oregon Pine forests. At the top are open mountain meadows with a panoramic view of Mount Hood. Visitors may see deer, beaver dams, squirrels, spring wildflowers, and a variety of birds.

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

  1. Activities
  2. Camping
  3. History
  4. Maps

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
Two kitchen shelters with picnic tables, sinks, and electricity are available first come, first served. A restroom is available.

Activities
Trails
  • 9 miles of hiking trails
  • 9 miles of equestrian trails
Water Activities & Features
  • Freshwater fishing
Other Activities & Features
  • Amphitheater
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Softball field
  • Two horseshoe pits
  • Wildlife viewing
Interpretive Opportunities
The park features a monument to the Honorable Nelson B. Brooks. Nature talks are given to groups at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) upon request. Tours and programs may be arranged through park rangers. Call the park at 509-773-4611 for more information.

Additional Information
  • A ball field and a swing set are in the park.
  • Hikers should bring a day-pack with first-aid supplies, map, and compass and/or GPS. Please contact a ranger for hiking information.
  • Butterfly Garden with 27 species of butterflies sited.
  • Motorized activities are not permitted on trails. Metal-detector enthusiasts must report any evidence of Indian artifacts to a park ranger.
  • Activities close to the park include stargazing at the Goldendale Observatory, visiting the Maryhill Museum, viewing the replica of Stonehenge on SR 14 and driving the historic Columbia Highway in nearby Oregon.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.