Weekend Getaway: Schafer State Park

December 3, 2010 

What: This 119-acre park along the Satsop River is open all year. It draws families and fishermen who are pursuing cutthroat trout and salmon. The park also is a good place for swimming and bird-watching.

Where: 12 miles north of Elma.

History: The Schafer Brothers Logging Co. donated the park to Washington in 1924 in honor of John and Anna Schafer.

Getting there: From Interestate 5 in Olympia, take U.S. 101 as if driving toward the coast, then state Route 8 and then U.S. 12 to Elma. Drive north from Elma on East Satsop Road.

Recreation: There are two miles of hiking trails in the park. The park has two horseshoe pits and is a good place to view wildlife like moose and rabbits. There is no camping aloud in the park during the winter.

Cost: No fee for day use. Campsites range in price from $12 for a primitive site to $26 for a full utility site.

Of note: Watch for bears in warmer months. There are two picnic shelters in the park. The buildings are constructed from stones in the area. The park is open for day use from 8 a.m. to dusk. Camping check-in starts at 2:30 p.m.

Information: parks.wa.gov

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