Federation Forest State Park

Grab a picnic, and take a stroll among the old-growth trees of Federation Forest. This little-known gem on the White River offers family-friendly hiking and an important piece of Washington history.

A native plant garden surrounds the park’s interpretive center, named for Catherine T. Montgomery, the backpacker, teacher and conservationist who, in 1926, was the first person to envision the Pacific Crest Trail. Step inside the center to learn about the Muckleshoot Tribe, native to this area, and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, one of the first women’s conservation groups. In 1928, the group began advocating and raising money to save Washington’s natural spaces - first among them, this park.

Whether you’re taking a break on your way to the mountains or out for the afternoon, you will find tranquility on the river and under the park’s cool forest canopy.

Park Features

Federation Forest is a day-use park with 600 acres of old growth Douglas-fir trees, mature Western hemlock, Sitka spruce and Western Red cedar. Its short, flat interpretive trails make it ideal for young children.

The Catherine Montgomery Interpretive Center is open 8 a.m. to dusk daily.

  1. Activities
  2. History
  3. Maps
ADA Amenities/Facilities
  • Restroom
Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
There are two picnic shelters without electricity and five sheltered picnic tables. The upper picnic area has drinking fountains, a covered shelter, braziers, and restrooms with running water. Both are first come, first served.

  • 6.87 miles of hiking trails
Other Activities & Features
  • 10 Barbecue braziers
  • Amphitheater
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife viewing
Interpretive Opportunities
The Catherine Montgomery Interpretive Center was built with funds provided by Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs.