If you’re traveling the I-5 corridor through Washington and you need a place to stop overnight, Lewis & Clark State Park near Toledo is the spot for you. Located just four miles off the freeway, the park offers nice overnight camping facilities plus five miles of easy and scenic equestrian trails. The park is open from May 1 to September 30.
Site EQ2 has a large corral.
Lewis & Clark State Park offers five miles of easy equestrian trails.
The park has five equestrian campsites, one of which has a large corral. All sites allow highlining or portable corrals. The campsites sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis from May through September. The campground amenities include a manure bin, picnic tables, fire rings, and garbage cans. A porta-potty and potable water are available at the Community Center parking area, 300 feet from the horse camp.
The day-use area has designated parking for nine trailers.
Some of the trails at Lewis & Clark State Park explore the fringes of wet prairies.
Lewis & Clark State Park also offers five miles of well-maintained equestrian trails that showcase the area’s old-growth forest and wet prairies. Local riders will find a large day-use parking area. A Discover Pass is required for day use.
The old-growth trees dwarf the horses.
From I-5, take Exit 68 (Morton/Yakima Exit) and drive east on Hwy. 12. In 2.6 miles turn right on Jackson Hwy. and continue 1.6 miles to the park. About 500 feet past the park entrance, turn left at the sign for “Equestrian Trail and Group Camp 2.” In 300 feet turn left again at the sign for the Equestrian Area and you’ll enter the day-use parking area. Drive through the day-use area and turn right to reach the horse camp.
To learn more about Lewis & Clark State Park, see Riding Southwest Washington Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel (Ponderosa Press, 2017). Available at www.NWhorsetrails.com.