March 29, 2016
Willapa Hills Trail Opens Two Bridges
By Chris Brewer
Photo at right: A new bridge spans the Chehalis River near Doty-Dryad Road outside Pe Ell. Photo courtesy of Discover Lewis County
Two bridges in Lewis and Pacific counties in southwest Washington have opened along the Willapa Hills Trail, which runs in segments along 55 miles of former railroad grade. The two new bridges connect more than 12 miles of trail through scenic farmlands and forests, just west of Chehalis.
Several sections of the trail are still under construction, but the eventual goal is to fully connect Chehalis and South Bend for cyclists, hikers, walkers and equestrians.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is in charge of this project which will eventually connect 23 continuous miles of trail between Chehalis and Pe Ell this year.
For more information on parking, obtaining passes for the trail and more, visit discoverlewiscounty.com/willapa-hills-trail
Chris Brewer is an outdoors enthusiast and content developer for DiscoverLewisCounty.com.