Thurston County Parks and Trails' 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.
The highest priorities focus on the development and operation of district and regional 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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In addition to natural areas and undeveloped sites, our regional park sites include: Burfoot Park near Boston Harbor, Deschutes Falls Park near Yelm, Frye Cove Park on Eld Inlet, Kenneydell Park on Black Lake, and an Off Leash Dog Park in Lacey.
Picnic shelters and the Kenneydell Lodge can be reserved in advance.
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
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.
More about Gate Belmore
The Board was disbanded on August 1, 2014 by the Board of County Commissioners. For historical purposes, we have compiled the Agendas and Minutes into a single PDF file. Click the link below to view.
Parks Advisory Board Archive -- e-book