Parks and tribe open new trailhead for people, horses

State and tribe work together

In January, 2016, Washington State Parks and the Nisqually Tribe gathered between raindrops to celebrate the completion of a brand new trailhead, parking lot, signs and restroom facility at Nisqually State Park, in Southwest Pierce County near Eatonville.

The reverent opening marked the completion of initial development at the park, which was acquired in phases by State Parks, beginning in the early 1990s. The forest envelopes visitors and provides trails popular for horseback riding and hiking.

The future vision for the park is a gateway location to Mount Rainier National Park. A grant from the Washington Wildlife Recreation Program supported development of the infrastructure, and the Nisqually Tribe constructed a beautiful interpretive kiosk and panels at the site where they plan to share their story for visitors of the future.