Planning Your Summer Getaway to Lewis County’s Great Outdoors

Apr 14, 2024

Summer is a prime time to immerse yourself in the great outdoors, and Lewis County offers plentiful possibilities of experiences waiting to be explored. From visits to our majestic mountains to staying along a serene lakeshore, this region is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re looking to for a summer getaway filled with adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty, we have you covered. Let’s dive into some tips and ideas to make the most of your summer trip to Lewis County.

First, let’s look at lodging.  Lewis County offers diverse accommodation options ranging from cozy cabins to modern vacation rentals and friendly motels. If you prefer a more rustic experience, consider camping at one of the many (many!) campgrounds here. A forested retreat or location next to the water is something available no matter your lodging style. Central hubs like Chehalis in west Lewis County offer a range of hotels and motels, providing easy access to nearby attractions.

NOW, it can be said that no trip to Lewis County is complete without a visit to Mount Rainier National Park.  There is no doubt that if you’re looking for an awe-inspiring mountain experience, this should be on your list. Home to the iconic Mount Rainier, this park boasts breathtaking landscapes, including glaciers, waterfalls, meadows adorned with wildflowers, and diverse wildlife. Plan a day trip for hiking, wildlife viewing, or a scenic drive.  Leave early and make a reservation if you plan on using the Longmire park entrance to Paradise.  Consider the quieter Ohanapecosh entrance near Packwood if you’re hoping to avoid the crowds.

Adjacent to Mount Rainier National Park, Gifford Pinchot National Forest extends the outdoor adventure with its vast wilderness. Explore dense forests, alpine lakes, and volcanic peaks. Pack your fishing gear for a relaxing day by one of the many lakes, or embark on a hiking expedition to discover hidden waterfalls and panoramic viewpoints on horseback. Traveling with your dog?  Choose the Gifford-Pinchot over Mount Rainier National Park where dogs are not allowed outside your vehicle.  The forest’s tranquility and natural beauty make it an ideal retreat for nature lovers.

Lewis County is dotted with lakes, rivers, and streams, offering ample opportunities for water activities. Whether you’re into fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, or simply lounging on the shores with a picnic, places like Mayfield Lake, Riffe Lake, and Cowlitz River provide refreshing experiences amidst stunning scenery. Smaller lakes like Carlisle Lake or Swofford Pond can offer a quieter day of the water.

While nature often takes the spotlight, don’t miss out on experiencing Lewis County’s local culture and heritage. Visit historic sites like the Lewis County Historical Museum or take a stroll through downtown Chehalis, where you’ll find charming shops, eateries offering local cuisine and flavors, and even axe throwing. Consider attending local events or festivals like Toledo Cheese Days, the Mossyrock Blueberry Festival, or Winlock Egg Days to connect with our rural communities.

As you plan your getaway, we graciously ask you to prioritize safety and sustainability. Check weather forecasts, trail conditions, and park regulations before heading outdoors. Respect nature by practicing Leave No Trace principles and minimize your waste. Be aware of wildlife and follow guidelines for wildlife encounters to ensure a harmonious coexistence with our natural environment.

A summer getaway to Lewis County will blend your desire for adventure, relaxation, natural beauty, and a slower pace. Whether you seek adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities or tranquil moments to regain your calm, this region caters to diverse interests. Plan ahead, embrace our friendly, local culture, and prioritize sustainable practices to make your trip both memorable and meaningful!  Get ready to create cherished memories and reconnect with the great outdoors in Lewis County this summer.