Growing into an event for cyclists from all over the "Ride the Willapa is back for its fourth year. 

From "Ride the Willapa":

Back for its fourth year, Ride the Willapa is an all-ages and all-levels bike ride in the Chehalis River Valley of southwest Washington state. Providing a beautiful break from city life, Ride the Willapa brings people of all ages and abilities to the verdant Chehalis River Valley for a leisurely-paced bike ride on the Willapa Hills Trail, Washington state’s newest rails-to-trails project.

This year’s route begins at the eastern terminus of the Willapa Hills Trail in historic Chehalis and ends six miles into Pacific County, in the Pluvius Hills. Enjoy up to 62 miles, a metric century, of pure countryside glory!

Experience the ride at your own pace and leisure! The Tour de Farms is also back this year, giving you an opportunity to not just enjoy the beauty of the trail and adjacent scenery, but also to meet our local farmers, visit the baby animals and buy some delicious food!

Make a weekend of this excursion and enjoy overnight camping. Or finish in one day and enjoy some of the arts scene, food and more in the Chehalis and Centralia area.

You’ll want a bike with 700x28c or wider tires…basically anything with thicker tires than a road bike will do alright.

Our 2018 event was our biggest yet, and it brought people from across the Pacific Northwest to see and explore the beauty of the Willapa Hills Trail, which once served as a lumber and passenger railroad in the 19th and 20th centuries!

Registration opens December 1, so get ready!

 For detailed information on the ride and its history, visit the Ride the Willapa website.



June 22-23, 2019 from 7:00am-5:00pm

Join the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum for its annual Pumpkin Trains taking place Oct. 31.

Enjoy a picturesque autumn ride with the family along the train line from Chehalis, with a Halloween twist. Each child will receive a goodie bag and will be able to search for their favorite pumpkin.

Be sure to dress up for Halloween, because you just might win a fun prize. Costume contest for ages Ages 4 and under, 5-12, and 13+.

Seating is limited and these special trips sell out. Visit Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum website for details and to purchase tickets. Trains depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 11:00am

Can you imagine being able to bike, walk or ride a horse almost all the way to the Pacific Ocean from Chehalis or vice versa? Slowly but surely, that dream is becoming a reality along a corridor that was once used by steam trains more than 100 years ago.

On this Throwback Thursday post, we take a look at what is now known as the Willapa Hills Trail, in its heyday a major railroad line that brought passengers and timber through west Lewis County.


If you're one who gets to enjoy a work-free 72 hours this weekend, you absolutely have to get out and explore all there is to offer here in Lewis County. Here's a list of five things you absolutely have to do, some of which can only be done this weekend and others you can cross off the list later!

Which ones will you do over the next three days?