Lewis & Clark State Park
How many shades of green can you count? Lewis and Clark State Park is a great place to start.
This cool forested space east of Interstate 5 and south of Chehalis offers hiking and horseback riding through a rare stand of old-growth trees on the historic north spur of the Oregon Trail. The park provides an all-American camping experience, with fire circles, an amphitheater and horseshoe pits. Your horse can even camp with you at one of the park's equestrian campsites.
Boundless enjoyment awaits children and families, on lawns that double as playing fields, on miles of trails amidst lush ferns, gnarled snags, nurse logs and in cathedral-like thickets of giant trees.
While buildings and kitchen shelters may be purely functional to the kids, adults and history buffs will appreciate these structures. Lewis and Clark State Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, and examples of the characteristic CCC architecture can be found throughout the park.
Don't forget to visit Jackson House State Park Heritage Site, just 2 miles to the north.
Park featuresLewis and Clark State Park is a 616-acre camping park in a stand of old-growth forest. The park features 5 miles of hiking trails and 8 miles of multi-use trails open to horses.
The park has 24 standard campsites, eight full-hookup, five primitive equestrian sites, one hiker / biker site, two restrooms, and two showers. Maximum site length is 60 feet (limited availability). Campsites T-2 and T-3 are first come, first served.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.
The group camp is reservable online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. Prices vary with size of the group. The camp has a 50 person capacity and includes running water, tables, stoves, fire ring and vault toilets.
Reservations & fees
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Picnic & day-use facilities
The park provides two kitchen shelters and a community center with electricity and running water. The small shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis and the large kitchen shelter can be reserved online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. The community center is reservable by calling the park office at (360) 864-2643.
- 5 miles of hiking trails
- 8 miles of horse trails
Other activities & features
- Fire circles (2)
- Horseshoe pits (3)
- Play field
Jackson House tours are available year round by appointment. Call (360) 864-2643 for more information.
There is an old-growth forest exhibit, a self-guided tour, that is a half-mile interpretive trail featuring information on the parks old growth and Civil Conservation Corp work within the park.
- Matilda Jackson State Park is a 5-acre day-use park nestled in old-growth Douglas-fir trees, 5 miles north of Lewis & Clark State Park. Facilities include a kitchen shelter and restroom.
- Printable park brochure (PDF).
Lewis and Clark State Park was established in 1922, as part of an effort to preserve remaining old-growth forest along the state highway system. During the 1930s, in the midst of the Great Depression, Lewis and Clark State Park was host to a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. Young men between the ages of 18 and 25 were employed at the camp and completed much of the park's early development. The park's day-use area still appears much as it did after the CCC's work was completed, featuring several rustic picnic shelters and restrooms made from native logs and stone.