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Paradise Point State Park

Southwest Washington

Location

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region
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Length

1.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Rating

4.50 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2021
 

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Paradise Point State Park packs a lot into a small, often-overlooked park right along I-5.

For a quick view of beautiful old-growth, a small cascade, and some trail recovery work by WTA, park near the camping area and head off through the primitive campsites, heading toward the river. You will shortly find yourself on a clear trail lined with undergrowth and surrounded by cedar and big-leaf maple old-growth.

The trail comes to a junction with a doubletrack road leading off to the left. Stay right, walking on a trail that WTA crews rerouted out of a streambed to a much more drainage-friendly tread. Head down a shallow incline and shortly come to another fork in the trail. The right fork leads up a small spur trail, another area that WTA has improved by clearing the bridge and platform which overlook a small, pleasant waterfall. This runs highest in spring, slowing down to a trickle in the summer months.

This trail is an excellent diversion for families camping with young children, or a leg-stretcher for I-5 travelers, but other trails meander all around the park. If you're interested in extending your stay, head back down the spur trail to the second fork you encountered. Rather than retracing your steps, continue straight on a trail that follows the wide, slow-moving East Fork Lewis River for nearly half a mile.

It is possible to take this trail all the way to the picnic area (about three-quarters of a mile down the road from where your car is parked at the camping area), but the trail can be underwater in times of high tide or flood, and it is very slippery and muddy in places. It's probably best to save this one for the height of summer or when you're prepared for some scrambling.

To explore the picnic area, head back to your car and take the road that heads downhill. Find yourself in a small parking area directly below I-5. There is a swimming hole here (complete with a rope swing) and a frisbee golf course, along with a couple of picnic tables and parking for about seven or eight cars.

 

Paradise Point State Park

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 45.8653, -122.7043 Open map in new window

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Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

Washington State Parks

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Getting There

From I-5 North, take the Paradise Point State Park exit. For the campground, turn right as you enter the park. For the picnic area, turn left and head down an old road to the Lewis River.

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