Pe Ell is home to a trailhead for the Willapa Hills Trail, a former railroad that is in the process of being converted for use by pedestrians, cyclists and horseback riders. Work continues to link portions of the trail damaged in the 2007 floods.
The community hosts a small yet vibrant Fourth of July Parade and usually hosts its own fireworks show by night each Independence Day at the Pe Ell School.
The town carries a significant Polish heritage, with many descendants of the earliest settlers to the region still calling Pe Ell home. The town was once the home to the only Polish National Catholic Church in Washington.
Stop in Pe Ell, say hello and take the opportunity to learn about the agricultural and natural resource-based history of the town. Also make sure to ask exactly how the town got its name…you might hear a variety of responses.
How to get there: From Interstate 5, take Exit 77 and proceed 23 miles west on State Route 6 to Pe Ell. From Raymond and points along 101, head east on State Route 6 and proceed about 25 miles to Pe Ell.