Seek Out Local Trails for a Walk, Long or Short

Take a Journey on a Nearby Trail

There’s no reason to stay inside when nearby trails await. Check out these hikes or explore more online at

Seminary Hill Natural Area

This 72-acre hillside is dense with second-growth trees and carefully tended hikes. Even in the heat of summer, the canopy of fir, maple and cedar keeps the trails cool as trillium. Maidenhair ferns and other natural wonders flourish around you.

Enter on the eastern edge of downtown Centralia at the corner of Locust Street and Barner Drive.

Chehalis River Discovery Trail

This trail is actually northwest of Centralia, but it contains a beautiful stretch of the Chehalis River. Watch for bald eagles overhead and plan to pick blackberries if you visit in late July.

Enter from Goodrich Road off Old Highway 99.

Stations of the Cross

The DeGoede family, devout Catholics who settled in Lewis County and raise tulips, made a trail on a hillside near Mossyrock leading from a humble chapel to a grand 50-foot-tall cross built on a bluff overlooking Lake Mayfield.

The trail is adorned with a painting depicting the 12 Stations of the Cross. Directions are available at DeGoede Bulb Farm and Garden, 360-983-9000.

Willapa Hills Trail

Known locally as the “rails to trails,” this 56-mile-long path runs from Chehalis to the Pacific Coast town of South Bend.

Partially paved, the trail runs through farmland and winds up the Chehalis River Valley and into the  namesake Willapa Hills.

The trail is popular with bikers, joggers and even Scout troops that take on the entire hike as a week-long excursion.


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