Trails in Thurston County

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Office Hours:
8am - 5pm  Mon-Fri

Office Location:
9605 Tilley Rd SW
Olympia, WA 98512

Phone: (360) 786-5595
TDD: (360) 754-2933

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Our parks are open daily from 9:00 AM until dusk.

The parking lot for the
Off Leash Dog Park is open daily from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM.


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.

Wildflower Guide
wildflower guide
We are pleased to offer the popular "Wildflower Guide To the Chehalis Western Trail And the Yelm-Tenino Trail" in two ways for you to enjoy. An online e-book can be used from your web browser, right here from the Thurston County Parks website, or by opening this PDF link and downloading the guide to use when you are away from the internet.