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Ferry County Rail Trail

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
48.6462, -118.7217 Map & Directions
Length
30.3 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
1374 feet
Highest Point
2461 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Discover history, heritage and the beauty of nature on the 25-mile long, multi-use Ferry County Rail Trail. Photo by JeMarsHall1967. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

A relatively new feature to northeast Washington’s extensive recreational repertoire, the Ferry County Rail Trail is a 25+-mile long, multi-use, non-motorized rail trail. Continue reading

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Hiking Ferry County Rail Trail

A relatively new feature to northeast Washington’s extensive recreational repertoire, the Ferry County Rail Trail is a 25+-mile long, multi-use, non-motorized rail trail.

This family-friendly trail highlights the area’s cultural heritage and natural beauty, offering a fun and safe community connector as well as a first-rate recreational experience. Hike, walk, run or bike with the whole family and choose from a multitude of environments.

This former railroad-turned-public trail connects four charming towns and provides miles of waterfront access to Curlew Lake and the Kettle River from the town of Curlew. For 12.5 miles of the former Burlington Northern railroad has been surfaced with crushed rock and compacted, creating a flat, smooth surface. The trail is ADA compliant in higher use areas.

The 770-foot trestle over the north end of Curlew Lake is easily accessed from the Kiwanis trailhead. From there you can cross the trestle and travel along the entire 6 mile length of the trail as it meanders south past cute cabins, resorts and loads of riparian waterfront on Curlew Lake.

At the south end of the lake, there is a smaller lake called Lake Roberta and a large wetland to the south. This is a thriving bird habitat easily accessed from the Herron Creek trailhead. For a less populated and wilder riparian experience, visit the 8-mile section of the trail that parallels the majestic Kettle River. This segment is by far the trail’s sweet spot as it provides a near-wilderness experience from a flat, easy path. 

WTA Pro Tip: Go to Tug Boats in Curlew and get the fish n’ beer battered chips – made with beer from Republic Brewing Company, just down the road in Republic!

Hike Description Written by
Bobby Whittaker, WTA Community

Ferry County Rail Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.6462, -118.7217 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

There are two primary access points, the best being the Curlew trailhead on the north side of the town of Curlew just off Boulder Creek Road. The best northern access point is approximately 7.8 miles north of Curlew off Highway 21 at Lone Ranch Creek Road (about 300 feet east of the Lone Ranch Bridge).

There is also some good primitive car or tent camping at Lone Ranch Park on the Kettle River. This little County Park is on Highway 21 just 0.8 mile south of the aforementioned Lone Ranch Bridge.

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Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Ferry County

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