Enjoy autumn at state parks

Autumn is a wonderful season to fall in love with Washington State Parks. There are so many great things to see and do – without the summer crowds! We are sharing refreshed suggestions to help you explore your state parks this time of year, featuring wonderful photos from WSPF photographers.

1. Leaf Peeping

Great news: You don’t have to travel far to enjoy fantastic Fall colors. Experience vibrant reds, yellows, oranges, greens and browns at a Washington state park this season. Our state parks are full of native deciduous trees and shrubs that can put on quite a show.

2. Mushroom Hunting

Fall is a good time to forage for mushrooms in Washington’s state parks, like these Shaggy Manes found at Steamboat Rock State Park. Our region is full of wild mushrooms with colorful names like Lobster, Hedgehog, Fairy Ring, Apricot Jelly, King Bolete, Death Cap and Chicken of the Woods! Remember: some mushrooms are poisonous. You should always check with an expert source if you aren’t sure what’s safe to eat. Fortunately, there are many great sources of information, including mycological societies and mushroom clubs. The Puget Sound Mycological Society organizes field trips and offers identification classes as well as hosts the nation’s largest annual Wild Mushroom Show where over 200 varieties of wild mushrooms are displayed and identified so that you can learn about amazing fungi.

3. Camping

It’s no longer hot outside, but the Pacific Northwest’s mild weather means you can continue to camp and explore Washington’s state parks. There are still fantastic opportunities to enjoy camping at one of the many year-round campsites, RV spots, cabins and more across Washington’s state parks. Do you know that some parks offer cozy, rustic cabins at our parks across the state? Plus, in the off-season, most cabins, yurts and park shelters are offered at cheaper rates!

Planning your trip is made easier with these tools. The parks winter hours list has been posted so you know what’s open and when spring hours start. We have virtual tours so you can see cabins and houses while planning your visit to the cabins at Ike KinswaMount Spokane, the Deception Pass Ben Ure cabin and more.  Look at our virtual tours page to dream up your cabin visits and head to the parks site for info on all state park cabins, rustic shelters & yurts.