Nestled between the Tatoosh Range and the Cowlitz River, Packwood is surrounded by natural beauty. Hikers, fishermen, hunters, campers and outdoor enthusiasts of all types use Packwood as a base camp of sorts, and in the wintertime the area is popular among skiers as it’s the closest community to the White Pass Ski Area. Packwood also serves as a great overnighting point for travelers, with numerous offerings of motels, cabins, RV parks and other lodging opportunities to make one’s stay in east Lewis County a great one. In fact, Packwood has the greatest concentration of lodging opportunities in all of unincorporated Lewis County and rivals Centralia and Chehalis in the number of offerings. Packwood is less than 30 minutes from the White Pass Ski Area by vehicle, and an even shorter drive from the Ohanapecosh entrance at Mount Rainier National Park. Check out a very comprehensive list of what's going on day by day in Packwood at this link. How to get there: From the west, take Exit 68 from Interstate 5 and proceed for about an hour or so eastward on U.S. Highway 12, the White Pass Scenic Byway. From the east, take U.S. Highway 12 over White Pass and into Packwood.