Millersylvania State Park
What: Millersylvania is an 842-acre park with 3,300 feet of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake. It’s loaded with trails, campsites and places to fish and swim.
Where: South of Tumwater
When: The park is open for day use from 6:30 a.m.-dusk in the summer and 8 a.m.-dusk in the winter.
Getting there: Take Exit 95 from Interstate 5 and follow the signs three miles northeast to the park.
Cost: A Discover Pass ($10 per day or $30 per year) is required to visit state parks. Camping ranges from $12-$29.
Of Note: There are 8.6 miles of hiking trails, but trail access is limited. All but one mile of the trails are open to mountain bikes. Millersylvania has one boat ramp and 100 feet of dock. Opportunities abound for viewing birds and other wildlife. The park has an amphitheater and three horseshoe pits.
History: Millersylvania was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Originally called Miller’s Glade, the park was the homestead of Squire Lathum in 1855. He sold it to John Miller, who gave the land to the state in 1921.