Nestled in a region informally known as the Big Bottom Country, this area enjoys views of mountains and hills to the north and south of a lush green valley. The Cowlitz River and several lakes make this region a prime recreational destination for fishermen, boaters and other outdoorsmen.
Spend the evening camping at Cowlitz Falls Park, which connects to Lake Scanewa and ultimately the west end of Riffe Lake. Birdwatching, fishing and sightseeing galore awaits. Several other campgrounds in the area offer RV hookups and places to stake your tent to enjoy a night or longer in the great outdoors.
Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the charm and relaxed nature of Ironwood Green, a par-3 course in Glenoma that is a hit among the locals and travelers who just want to take a different kind of long drive.
Randle is perhaps best known for being located just a couple miles north of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, home to more than 400,000 acres of outdoors paradise. Destinations such as Burley Mountain, Windy Ridge and more are within easy reach.
How to get there: From Interstate 5, take Exit 68 and head east about 45 miles on U.S. Highway 12 along the White Pass Scenic Byway. The highway rolls right through Randle.