Brooks Memorial State Park

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Brooks Memorial State Park is a bright spot of colors, views and birdsongs, off the beaten path in south central Washington.

Brooks Memorial sits between the pine forests of the Simcoe Mountains and the Columbia River Gorge. This environmental diversity makes for a stunning park site. The miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails lead along the Little Klickitat River and up through Ponderosa pine and stands of Oregon white oak. As you gain elevation, you will find yourself in subalpine meadows with a profusion of wildflowers in spring and panoramic views that include Mount Hood to the south.  One of the newer at Brooks Memorial State Park is the disc golf course set in the pines. 

Groups can rent the Environmental Learning Center, Here, which sleeps more than 70 people in cozy cabins clustered around a lodge with a great hall. 

You can gaze at the stars from your campsite or head to Goldendale Observatory State Park Heritage Site, just 20 minutes away, for some of the best night sky viewing in the Pacific Northwest.

Nearby Maryhill State Park, Maryhill Museum, the Stonehenge replica and the orchards and wineries of the eastern Columbia River entice the cultural traveler, and the river itself is a sight to behold. Alternating days of touring and trails make for great vacation memories in this Washington sweet spot.

Park features
Brooks Memorial State Park is a 682-acre, seasonal camping park located in the Simcoe Mountains 15 miles north of Goldendale off Highway 97.

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.

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Picnic & day-use facilities

Two kitchen shelters with picnic tables, sinks and electricity are available first come, first served. A restroom is available.



Several miles of trails open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.

Other activities & features

  • Disc golf
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Wildlife viewing

Interpretive opportunities

The park features a monument to the Honorable Nelson B. Brooks. Tours and programs may be arranged through park rangers. Call the park at (509) 773-4611 for more information.

Additional information

  • Hikers should bring a day pack with first-aid supplies, map and compass and/or GPS. Please contact a ranger for hiking information.
  • Motorized activities are not permitted on trails.
  • Activities close to the park include stargazing at the Goldendale Observatory, visiting the Maryhill Museum, viewing the replica of Stonehenge on State Route 14 and driving the historic Columbia Highway in nearby Oregon.