This trip gives a wonderful view of the mountains from two different perspectives: one that gives an amazing view into the crater of Mount St. Helens, and another that gives views of at least 5 mountains on a clear day. Plan on setting aside a whole day for this one, and trust us: it’s worth it, and you’ll want to bring your camera.
West Lewis County is the agricultural heart of our region, with lush and fertile valleys sustained by the Chehalis River and the South Fork Chehalis River. In the springtime, the area is a lush green; in the autumn, this region transitions to one of vibrant color as leaves burst with color.
Start by heading out from Chehalis on state Route 6 toward Adna. Take Bunker Creek Road to Dieckman Road and then enjoy a few moments at Back Memorial County Park, especially if Mount Rainier is in full view in the distance. Bring a camera with a zoom lens and shoot away!
Learn about some of the very first pioneers who settled along the Cowlitz Prairie. Walk on the same ground and see the same scenery that led people to Washington Territory. And get a glimpse of what life was like in the early years of Lewis County as part of our Historic South County Road Trip.
South Lewis County is a beautiful place to explore, and a lot of it can be seen with a simple two to four-hour roadtrip from Centralia or Chehalis.
Take Exit 63 from Interstate 5 and head east then west toward Winlock on state Route 505. Once you descend into town, take a right on First Street and find a place to park — you’ll head to the Winlock Historical Museum.
Centralia, the midpoint between the hustle and bustle of city life, is your first stop from the north as you enter into Lewis County. Full of history, Centralia’s self-guided walking tour offers a glimpse into what makes this city important in Washington State’s history.