Parks & Wilderness Areas
Approximately one third of Lewis County is national forest. The county includes portions of Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Gifford Pinchot national forests and the Mt. Rainier National Park as well as the William Douglas, Tatoosh and Goat Rocks wilderness areas. The Mount Rainier summit, at 14,410 feet, is just 10 miles from the county's northeastern boundary. Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams are easily accessible. Adventure seekers will find excellent hiking, cycling, canoeing, white water rafting, hang gliding, and rock climbing opportunities. White Pass Ski Area provides the driest powder in Washington and 1,500-feet of vertical drop.
The Seminary Hill Natural Area in Centralia is a quiet place to walk, run or study nature. Established in 1981 by the Friends of Seminary Hill, this area adjacent to the Historic Downtown Centralia, covers 60 acres of natural forestland and offers a quick escape on trails for an afternoon stroll or brisk walk.
Fort Borst Park is a perfect meeting place for children and adults. Located halfway between Seattle and Portland. Playgrounds, meeting facilities, and an indoor pool all are available in this historic park. A small fishing pond provides a great place for feeding the ducks and enjoying a quick break. Take Exit 82 off I-5, west on Harrison, left on Johnson Road, past the middle school and ball fields. Follow signs.
Chehalis Recreation Park/Penny Playground offers outdoor swimming pools, softball fields and a huge playground that was erected by community volunteers. A short distance east of Interstate 5, at Exit 76, this family park is ideal for picnicking, playing and relaxing.
Robert Lintoh Alexander Park - river access, playground, kitchen, trails, groups Back County Park - track, ball fields, playground, and picnic area
Schaeffer County Park - swim, fish, group use, playground, picnic area
South County Park - camping, swim, fish, boat, playground and picnic area
Mayfield Lake Park - camping, swim,fish, boat, playground and picnic area