The Willapa Hills Trail, located in the Chehalis River Valley of southwest Washington state, is 56.5 miles of pure countryside glory. Providing a beautiful break from city life, the trail begins minutes outside Chehalis, WA and will take its travelers all the way to the Pacific coast at South Bend, WA. Traversing over century old trestle bridges, through river valleys, thick forests, and past many beautiful farms, the Willapa Hills Trail is truly a regional treasure. The trail is a part of the history of this area in a big way. To learn more about the Willapa Hills Trail, and its significance to the birth of the towns in this area, check out this article on TrailLink’s website.
A Ride with a Cause
The Willapa Hills Trail is truly a work in progress and is in need of our help. With its history as a railroad line firmly in the past, its new owner, Washington State Parks, has a different purpose for the old rail line. Ride the Willapa was created as a celebration of a large chunk of that work, making a bike ride from Chehalis to Pe Ell possible. It is also a way to help raise money to continue restoration and improvements to the route, making trestle bridges safe, restoring areas that may have sustained flood damage, and eventually paving the length of the trail from Chehalis, WA all the way to South Bend, WA. Once completed, the Willapa Hills Trail will boast over 56 miles of safe, alternative transportation, stretching from Interstate 5 to the Pacific coast. The possibilities for enjoyment in the form of day trips, vacations, and many other adventures, will be endless. A spirited funding effort, from grants, the state Legislature, and other sources, has worked to transform the rail line to where it is now. Help us keep the momentum of this effort going! All of the proceeds from your registration will go toward this great work, as well as anything you may be able to donate.