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Introducing the new Nisqually State Park –
Public included on how trails should look!
Nisqually State Park.
Credit: WA. State Parks via WA. Trails Assn.

Washington’s newest state park is taking shape, and it’s in Pierce County

From The Olympian:

“A new state park that would incorporate the Nisqually River confluences with the Mashel River and Ohop Creek was just a dream in 1987 when state planners first proposed it.

“Now, 35 years later, Nisqually State Park is taking shape as the first state park with a campground co-managed with a tribal government.

“Washington State Parks wants to include the public on how facilities and trails should look at the state’s newest park. A meeting in Eatonville April 28 will present plans for the park’s village center and its trail system.” Read more

Nisqually State Park

From WA. Trails Assn.:

“Just a few miles west of Eatonville, off Highway 7, is Washington’s newest state park. Created thanks to a partnership between the Nisqually Tribe, Washington State Parks, and other local agencies, the park provides 1,300 acres of forest, prairie, and riverside trails to recreate in.

“Tucked on a spit of land between the Nisqually and Mashel Rivers, and adjacent to Ohop Creek, the new park is off Mashel Prairie Road. Here, visitors will find old graveled logging roads and narrow footpaths lacing through woodland and open fields.

“The park has been 30 years in the making, and continues to develop. The trailhead boasts an ADA-accessible restroom and paved parking area, as well as room for six horse trailers and a hitching post. Additionally, an interpretive kiosk tells of the way the native people in this area use and care for the land.” Read more

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