State Parks grants help preserve and develop our state’s best outdoor recreation areas by funding new campgrounds and amenities to increase the capacity of our parks, creating new parks, improving park resources, and protecting historical areas. These grants help our state continue to develop our world-class parks system to share our cultural heritage and natural treasures with all of its visitors.
This project is part of phase 3 construction of the park and will build, starting from the future campground, a paved in-and-out multi-use, ADA trail, 5,900 feet long x 10′ wide. With it, it will also have 4′ wide parallel rock trail for equestrian use, that leads to a to a cantilevered overlook of the Mashel River Valley and view of Mount Rainier. Other improvements include benches and interpretive signage to provide information on the environment, history and culture. The platform is an open grated fiber reinforced plastic mesh allowing visitors to see through it, producing the experience of walking over the edge of the slope and floating in air. The platform is approximately 720 square feet. This multi-year effort began in 2006 when the WA State Legislature funded a master plan and allocated funds for the Phase 1 design and permitting for the NEW Nisqually-Mashel State Park site! This project is fundamental in completing an important portion of the Phase 3 development of the park. This development supports the Acquisition and Development Strategy goals of Places to Be, Stories to Know, Things to Do, and Ways to Grow.