Autumn is here and usually means cool mornings that lead to bright and sunny afternoons. This makes for the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the brisk air and falling leaves. Here are some of my top recommendations for best parks and walking trails in the Vancouver area!
This 19-acre park has everything you need! Big open green spaces, a huge playground, a ball field, covered picnic tables, restrooms, horseshoes, a community garden, walking paths, and more! Conveniently located off of Mill Plain near downtown Vancouver, this spot is also right next door to Marshall Community Center which is home to senior activities, swim lessons, dance class, summer camps, and much more. The covered picnic shelters can be reserved for events, weddings, parties, and small concerts for a reservation fee.
Esther Short Park:
This is one of the oldest and most well-known areas in Vancouver. Located in the heart of downtown, this space is home to the wonderful Farmer’s Market that happens during the spring and fall. Established in 1853, Esther Short Park was renovated and revitalized in the 1990s. There is a great playground area, unique bronze statues throughout, as well as a beautiful salmon bell tower. There is a water fountain area that is popular during the summer for kids to play in. The space also has a big outdoor amphitheater area that is popular for movie nights, outdoor concerts, and much more.
Lacamas Lake Regional Park:
This park is 312 acres and is perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. It has a variety of recreational opportunities including fishing and hiking and has some much beautiful scenery it is a great place for photographers! There are over 9 miles of trails, including the Heritage Trail and the Park Trail.
Discovery Historic Loop:
History lovers, this is a great trail for you! This is a two to three mile loop that winds through East Evergreen through Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Officer’s Row and downtown Vancouver. Walk or bike the trail – it can usually be covered in about an hour or so, or just take little sections at a time by stopping and enjoying some of this historic spots.
This flagship park encompasses forested areas, meadows, and stunning access to the Lewis River. Park goers can fish, bring a picnic, or rent one of the many shelters available for the whole day. There is a boat launch and swimming is allowed in the river. However, the river current can be very strong, water depths vary, and there are no lifeguards on duty. There are also horseshoe pits and charcoal barbecues available for extra fun!
These are just some of the MANY beautiful parks and trail areas in Clark County. For a full list of natural areas, parks, and sports field, visit the Clark County Parks & Rec website here. Get out before our winter weather sets in and has us all staying indoors a bit more.