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.
Washington State Parks will use this grant to develop key features between miles 28 and 39 of the Willapa Hills Trail. Development of this eleven miles of trail will create over forty miles of continuous trail between Chehalis and Menlo. Project elements include foundational improvements, removal of rotten wood members, installation of concrete decking, and installation of metal and wood safety rails to bridges 32, 32.1, and 36. Work will also include installation of a 65 foot long prefabricated bridge at mile 38.5 to replace a culvert that was washed away about a decade ago. Trail surfacing will be necessary for a one mile segment in the vicinity of Lebam and will include the clearing and grubbing of a 300 foot approach to the proposed new bridge. Finally, there are five short points between miles 31 and 34 that require compacted gravel and ditches to prevent flooding on the trail and to preserve the compacted surface. The primary recreational opportunity provided by this project is non-motorized trail use.