Millersylvania State Park
Hours and Cost:
Summer: 6:30am – dusk
Winter: 8am – dusk
Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
Tent Sites- 120
RV Sites- 48
One Dump Station, Three Restrooms and Eight Showers.
Check-in time: 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time: 1 p.m.
Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Located just south of Olympia, Millersylvania State park is as unique as its name. With over 842 acres of woods and over 3,000 feet of shoreline along the properly names Deep Lake, this park serves as an old growth forest oasis just miles away from Interstate 5. With miles of trails and unique migratory birds and deer Millersylvania State Park is a perfect weekend getaway location. While built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (http://www.ccclegacy.org/) to help America battle against unemployment during the Great Depression, numerous historical artifacts remain around the park.
While Millersylvania does get pretty crowded in the summer months, this park is enjoyable year round as there are so many places to explore both in the park and locally. Being near the capitol city of Olympia helps this park go from great to awesome in my book, as you can walk around the city, enjoy the farmers market or capitol campus and then at night enjoy smores next to a lake that feels miles away from society. Camping is a little tight, but for you all with kids, this is a great spot. Swimming areas, boating, fishing and hiking all at your tent door; life doesn’t get much better than a weekend at Millersylvania State Park.
At Millersylvania, you will be able to enjoy the true feeling of the western Cascade foothills in Pacific Northwest. Just a little more than an hour drive to Mount Rainier (http://exotichikes.com/our-mountain/) or to Northwest Trek(http://www.nwtrek.org/), an hour and a half to the Olympic National Park (http://exotichikes.com/why-come-to-the-olympic-peninsula/) or the Pacific Ocean, this state park is not only centrally located, but beautiful as well. During the fall, walk among the giant trees as leaves are changing and pine needles fall and glisten in the setting sun, in the summer, swim in the cool lake and watch hawks and eagles fish. Year round, Millersylvania is fantastic, and you need to experience its beauty.
– Has over 8.6 miles of Hiking Trails and 7.6 miles of Bike Trails
– An interpretive display at the flagpole tells the story of the park’s construction by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935.
– This is one of the rare parks that actually has 2nd growth Cedar trees
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