Outdoors

Weekend Getaway: SCHAFER STATE PARK

What: This 119-acre park along the Satsop River is open all year for camping. It draws anglers who are after cutthroat, trout and salmon. The park is also 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: Drive north from Elma on East Satsop Road.

Recreation options: There are two miles of hiking trails in the park. The park has two horseshoe pits and is a good place to view wildlife such as moose and rabbits.

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: Be on the lookout 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

The News Tribune

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