Brooks Memorial State Park is a 700-acre, seasonal camping park located between the barren hills of the south Yakima Valley and the lodgepole pine forests of the Simcoe Mountains. The park provides a variety of natural environments for visitors to enjoy. Over 9 miles of hiking trails lead along the Little Klickitat River and up through Ponderosa pine-Oregon white oak forests. At the top are open mountain meadows with a panoramic view of Mount Hood. Visitors may see deer, beaver dams, squirrels, spring wildflowers and a variety of birds.
Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Two kitchen shelters with picnic tables, sinks, and electricity are available first come, first served. A restroom is available.
9 miles of hiking trails
9 miles of equestrian trails
Other Activities & Features
Two horseshoe pits
The park features a monument to the Honorable Nelson B. Brooks. Nature talks are given to groups at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) upon request. Tours and programs may be arranged through park rangers. Call the park at 509-773-4611 for more information.
A ball field and a swing set are in the park.
Hikers should bring a day-pack with first-aid supplies, map, and compass and/or GPS. Please contact a ranger for hiking information.
Butterfly Garden with 27 species of butterflies sited.
Motorized activities are not permitted on trails. Metal-detector enthusiasts must report any evidence of Indian artifacts to a park ranger.
Activities close to the park include stargazing at the Goldendale Observatory, visiting the Maryhill Museum, viewing the replica of Stonehenge on SR 14 and driving the historic Columbia Highway in nearby Oregon.
A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The park has 22 tent spaces, 23 utility spaces, one dump station, one restroom, and two showers. Sites 1-23 have full hookup. Sites 24-45 are tent sites.. A limit of eight people are permitted per site. Maximum site length is 60-feet (limited availability). Electrical sites have 50-amp hookups. Water is available in hookup sites from mid-April to late October.
The park provides a group camp that accommodates a maximum of six motorhomes and 20 to 50 people. There are no power outlets for RVs. The camp has a fire ring, picnic tables, two pit toilets, water, and a volleyball net. The camp is open year-round with limited facilities in winter. Fees vary with size of the group. To reserve, call the park office at 509-773-4611.
Reservations & Fees
Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688). For fee information, check out our camping rates page.
Acquired in six parcels between 1944 and 1957, Brooks Memorial State Park is named for and dedicated to area citizen Nelson B. Brooks, who is credited with establishing an excellent community road system.