In the fall, many parks close part or all of their trails until spring. This can make it hard for nature lovers and exercisers alike to get outdoors between October and April.

Thankfully, we have some very pretty year-round parks and trails right here in Lewis County. The following are a few perfect places for fall walks. So grab your coat and umbrella and don’t let the rain stop you from going outside – the change of seasons is lovely to behold.

Lintott/Alexander Park has beautiful, wide paths. Photo credit: Kristina Lotz.

Lintott/Alexander Park

Chehalis

Lintott/Alexander Park is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to dusk. It has paved trails, so you don’t have to worry about mud, and covered picnic areas in case you need a break from the weather while you’re out. There is river access as well.

Mossyrock Park and Taidnapam Park

Mossyrock

Mossyrock Park and Taidnapam Park are both east Lewis County fixtures with a lake as their centerpiece. Riffe lake is a popular spot during the summer, but it can be just as enjoyable in the off-season for gorgeous fall walks. Both of these parks close December 20 – January 1, but otherwise are open during daylight hours. Mossyrock Park has a half-mile trail and a 3.5-mile trail, while Taidnapam Park has more to explore. The parks are crowded on the weekends, but during the week you can find plenty of peace and quiet.

In east Lewis County, the destination is certainly worth the drive when it comes to Mayfield Park (pictured) or either of the parks located around Riffe lake. Photo courtesy: Tacoma Power.

Mayfield Lake Park

Mossyrock

Mayfield Lake Park is a gorgeous recreational area in Mossyrock with the shinning Mayfield Lake as its centerpiece. Open during daylight hours, the lake provides year-round enjoyment. While the cool temperature in fall and winter may make water sports unappealing for some, the lake is full of wildlife putting on a show 365 days a year for the hiker or runner. Fishing is also year-round here, if you fancy taking a break from walking to try for trout.

The Williapa Hills State Park Trail is long enough to keep you busy all season, while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Photo credit: Kristina Lotz.

Williapa Hills State Park Trail

Chehalis – Pe Ell

The Williapa Hills State Park Trail gives you lots of miles for your walking or jogging needs. It’s completely paved from Chehalis to Pe Ell, with unimproved parts completing the 27-mile trail from Chehalis to Raymond. Walking this trail during the fall season gives you a chance to see wildlife including squirrels, hawks, coyotes and deer, as they prepare for winter. During both fall and winter, experience the beautiful changes in the season – from red and gold leaves gracing the path to icicles decorating the branches and bridges.

The Airport Levee trail is perfect for a quick stroll before or after shopping. Photo credit: Kristina Lotz.

Airport Levee Trail

Chehalis 

If you need some groceries or something to prep your home for winter, the Airport Levee Trail is a perfect choice. You can get your exercising and errands done at the same time. Located near the Walmart shopping center, it’s convenient. The entire trail is 3.5-miles, with 2 miles of gravel and 1.5-miles paved – no muddy shoes!

Borst Park boasts gorgeous trees, a lake and plenty of wildlife to keep your walk or jog interesting. Photo credit: Kristina Lotz.

Borst Park

Centralia

Of course, Borst Park is well known and is open year-round, with nice paved trails for walking and running. They will close the park if the weather makes it unsafe for visitors – such as high winds – but otherwise, it’s a great place to walk during the off-seasons. The south loop of the park closes in the fall and winter to cars, but stays open to pedestrians.

Seminary Hill Natural Area

Centralia

The Seminary Hill Natural Area has 2.5-miles of walking and jogging trails on the parks’ 70 acres. These trails are not paved, so they could be muddy after a heavy rain. However, if you live near here, it’s a great park to walk and enjoy a bit of nature.

Rotary Riverside Park is a small, easy to access park. Photo credit: Kristina Lotz.

Rotary Riverside Park

Centralia

Rotary Riverside Park is small, just 4.5-acres, but a great place to get a short walk in and enjoy the fall or winter weather. It has both paved and unpaved paths, so you may want to stay on the paved ones after a heavy rain.

Downtowns Throughout Lewis County

Take a walk through the historic downtowns of Lewis County. Photo credit: Kristina Lotz.

While not a park, don’t forget how lovely a nice walk in any of Lewis County’s historic downtowns can be. All the cities have fun historical areas with shops you can pop in and out of while you enjoy the changing fall leaves. Relish the holiday décor as we finish off the year and head into spring. Pumpkins, followed by holiday lights, keep things cheery as our skies turn dark.

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