Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.
The City of Washougal will use this grant to develop the Columbia River Trail in Washougal, a .67-mile trail that completes the last critical link in a more than 20-mile local trail system that offers amazing biking, walking, and wildlife viewing opportunities. The Columbia River Trail provides recreation access in both directions along the riverfront. To the west, pedestrians and bicyclists connect directly to the Port of Camas-Washougal’s new Waterfront Trail and other popular recreation destinations, including the Washougal River Greenway and LaCamas and Heritage Parks. To the east, The U.S. Corps of Engineers Levee trail leads trail users from Steamboat Landing Park through the State Route 14 Pedestrian Tunnel into downtown Washougal or beyond to Captain William Clark Regional Park, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail. The Columbia River Trail in Washougal plays a critical role in two much larger trail systems that soon will lead to regional and interstate trails: the 46-mile Lewis and Clark Greenway Trail that will connect the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge to the Steigerwald Refuge, and the “Gorge Towns to Trails” project, which runs more than 60 miles to Wishram and crosses the Pacific Crest Trail, which connects Canada to Mexico. The City of Washougal will contribute $874,791.