Outdoors

Weekend Getaway for March 26

Millersylvania State Park

WHAT: Millersylvania is an 842-acre park with 3,300 feet of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake. The park is loaded with trails and campsites, and has an abundance of places to fish and swim.

WHEN: The park is open for day use 6:30 a.m.-dusk in the summer and 8 a.m.-dusk in the winter.

WHERE: South of Tumwater.

GETTING THERE: Take Exit 95 from Interstate 5 and follow the signs 3 miles northeast to the park.

COST: A $10 per day per vehicle Discover Pass is required to visit state parks. An annual pass is $30. Campsites range in price from $12-$29.

OF NOTE: There are 8.6 miles of hiking trails, and all but 1 mile are open to mountain bikes. The park has a boat ramp and 100 feet of dock. The park has opportunities for viewing birds and other wildlife. It also has an amphitheater and three horseshoe pits. The Millersylvania Environmental Learning Center is closed through April 30 for scheduled renovations. According to the park website, “Renovations include updating and restoring sleeping cabins and updating restroom facilities to meet ADA requirements.”

HISTORY: The park was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Originally called Miller’s Glade, the park was the homestead of Squire Lathum in 1855. He sold the property to John Miller, who gave the land to the state in 1921.

INFORMATION: parks.wa.gov.

Craig Hill, craig.hill@thenewstribune.com

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