Parks & Trails


Thurston County Park's mission is to be the regional steward of parks, open space, and natural resource lands and waterways dedicated to public use for recreation and leisure enjoyment.

We provide a diverse range of recreation resources, programs, and activities throughout the county and promote the preservation and interpretation of Thurston County's historical and cultural resources, natural areas and wildlife resources.

Our focus is the regional recreation needs of Thurston County.
Parks' highest priorities focus on the acquisition and development of district, regional, and special use recreation resources and facilities.

 

Public Works manages developed parks, preserves, and historical sites, as well as over 50 miles of trails, across the county. All parks are open everyday from 9 a.m. until dusk.

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Parks

There are 25 county owned regional park sites, which account for approximately 2,800 acres of property and 47.5 miles of recreational trail corridors.

Burfoot Park near Boston Harbor, Kenneydell Park on Black Lake, and Frye Cove Park on Eld Inlet as well as the Kenneydell athletic fields are developed and open for public use.

Burfoot, Frye Cove, and Kennydell Parks are open year-round from dawn to dusk.

The Chehalis Western trailhead at Chambers Lake, located on Elizabeth Avenue in Olympia, provides parking, picnic areas, boat launch facilities, fishing, restroom facilities and other amenities for trail users.

A variety of covered picnic shelters as well as the Kenneydell Lodge can be reserved in advance with paid reservations. Call us for availability.
Alcohol is permitted with a Banquet Permit obtained from the Washington State Liquor Board.



Reserve a Park Shelter    Reserve Kenneydell Lodge 

Trails

Thanks to the efforts and creativity of Thurston County officials and support from city, state, and federal agencies, the vision of a trail system linking urban and rural Thurston County is becoming a reality. There are 47.5 miles of recreational trail corridors.

The Chehalis Western trailhead at Chambers Lake, located on Elizabeth Avenue in Olympia, provides parking, picnic areas, boat launch facilities, fishing, restroom facilities and other amenities for trail users.

While using the trails, you may encounter uneven surfaces, debris, or other obstacles.

Equestrian use: Permitted south of Fir Tree Road and north of South Bay Road on the Chehalis Western Trail and on all of the Yelm-Tenino Trail. An equestrian path runs parallel to the paved trail. For the safety and enjoyment of all trail users, riders are encouraged to use the dirt-surfaced path. Trail users should always yield the right-of-way to horses.

Gate to Belmore Trail
The Gate to Belmore railroad line was acquired in 1996 by the County and is not currently developed for public use. This corridor links the urban trail system from Tumwater near Kenneydell Park with the south county communities of Gate and Rochester. When developed the 12.5 mile trail will offer access to the Black River and will run adjacent to the Black River-Mima Prairie Glacial Heritage Preserve and Black River Natural Area just south of Littlerock.

 Trail locations, trailheads, and amenities