Outdoors

Rockport State Park offering guided winter hikes .

Rockport State Park staff and volunteers are leading guided hikes through ancient, old growth forest this winter at the North Cascades park. The park is home to several 250-foot-tall, 300-year-old Douglas firs. The Deep Forest Experience concludes with a craft session in the visitor center and refreshments around a campfire.

The park is known for its trees. The park opened in 1961 and is named after the nearby town of Rockport. According to the state park website the state acquired the 670 acres from the Sound Timber Company for $1 in 1935 after the company refused to log the area. There is a historical marker in honor of David Douglas, the horticulturalist who discovered the type of tree in 1825.

The guided walks are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 5- Feb. 15. A $10 per day or $30 per year Discover Pass is required. The park has an ADA-compliant trail. For more information call 360-853-8461.

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