1. First Day Hikes 2017Let's have a picnic!
    Eight great parks for dining — and more — outdoors

    June 18, 2018 You know what's fun? A picnic! Today is International Picnic Day and a perfect time to pack your basket and head out for some alfresco dining. Read on for eight great parks for picnicking, and tips for finding good eats to go!

  2. Image of Battery Harvey AllenA visual bombardment at Battery Harvey Allen 
    June 6, 2018 Kathy McConnell, a blog writer and photographer from Kookskooskie, shares her unique visual perspective of the old cannon emplacements and the military remnants of the fort. 
  3. Mount PilchuckChange your altitude at Washington state parks
    May 23, 2018 Gain a new altitude this summer in a high elevation state park. A number of state parks sit above or just below 5,000 feet and have plentiful vistas and trails. Whether you’re training for a trek or you just like the air up that high, let this week’s Adventure Awaits blog help you plan your next getaway.  

  4. New Old Time ChautauquaMaking merry from the desert to the sea:
    Chautauqua returns to state parks for 2018 summer tour

    May 16, 2018 Need a boost for your heart and head? Craving a little merrymaking? You just gotta Chautauqua! This summer the New Old Time Chautauqua returns for a spectacular six-stop state parks tour. Come join the fun!
  5. Cowboy Cornie, VolunteerCheers to our volunteers: Celebrating those who make a difference
    May 02, 2018 Washington State Parks volunteers come from every age group, background and walk of life. What do they all have in common? Every one is pure awesome!  Our volunteers are integral to the quality of the state parks experience. Are you ready to answer the call?

  6. Alta Lake FishingAlta Lake State Park: Discover the power of nature
    April 18, 2018  Alta Lake State Park is a testament to the power of nature to heal itself. Campers, hikers and anglers alike are rejoicing to see the rebirth of this beloved park after the Carlton Complex Fire. Come discover the beauty, the fun and the inspiration of this gorgeous north central Washington park.

  7. Highlights of the forestWhile away a rainy day at an interpretive center
    April 11, 2018 Washington’s reputation as a rain-soaked state is “moistly” deserved. But just because it’s coming down doesn’t mean you have to hide! A great way to enjoy a rainy day out is to stay inside — at a state parks interpretive center!  

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