Trails for everyone, forever

Home Go Hiking Hiking Guide Ferry County Rail Trail

Ferry County Rail Trail

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
View map below

Length

25.0 miles, one-way

Elevation

Highest Point: 2600 ft.

Rating

0.00 out of 5

(0 votes) Log in to rate
 
 

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.

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!

 

Ferry County Rail Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.6462, -118.7217 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Ferry County

See weather forecast

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.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

You can improve or add to this guidebook entry

Ferry County Rail Trail

5 Trip Reports

Hiked here recently?

Submit a trip report!
 
Trip Reports