Recreation
   

Discover some of the most beautiful recreation destinations in the state. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz leads DNR in managing diverse recreation across 3.3 million acres of state trust lands – that includes everything from hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding to paragliding, rock climbing, and off-road vehicle riding.
 
Our recreation opportunities take place in healthy forest ecosystems that we also manage for timber production. The funds we earn from our sustainable working forests generate revenue for local county services, public school construction, and universities. So, our state trust lands do more than host our adventures, they also support the people of Washington.

Discover your next adventure

Visit our Where to go, what to do web page to learn more about recreation opportunities on DNR-managed land. Your new favorite spots for all of your favorite outdoor activities are waiting.
 
Check out our Interactive Recreation Map to explore DNR recreation sites across the state. The map highlights all of DNR’s trailheads, campgrounds, day-use areas, and more.

Our Working Forests

Learn about our working forests, check the status of your favorite recreation sites, and discover new recreation opportunities around the state by following the links below:

Our Natural Areas

DNR manages two kinds of natural areas: Natural Area Preserves and Natural Resource Conservation Areas (NRCA). These areas protect the state’s natural ecosystems, habitat, and native plant and animal species. The Natural Area Preserve system presently includes more than 38,474 acres in 56 sites. Our NRCAs conserve more than 119,196 acres in 38 sites. Many of these areas have trails and day-use areas for visitors to explore. Learn more about these sites on our Natural Areas page.

Know Before You Go

Before you head out on your next adventure, make sure you have your Discover Pass. Discover Passes are required to access recreation sites on DNR-managed land with your vehicle. The annual Discover Pass is transferable between two vehicles and must be displayed in your front windshield while parked at DNR sites. A Discover Pass is not needed if you just want to drive through an area and don’t plan to leave your vehicle. Learn more at discoverpass.wa.gov and find a Discover Pass vendor near you.
 
Don’t forget to check for recreation alerts in the area you’re interested in visiting. We work hard to keep you in the know about trail closures, restrictions, repairs, and activity around our sites. Recreation sites are updated daily as alerts occur.
 
Stay informed and stay safe while you’re out recreating. Review and download our Guide to Safe and Sustainable Recreation.​

Get involved 

Give back to the DNR recreation areas you visit most by attending a work party, serving as a camp host, or protecting our state lands as a Forest Watch volunteer. Head to our volunteer page for more information. Or, look into being part of the Puget Sound Conservation Corps, a subset of the Washington Conservation Corps.
 
Volunteers also have the opportunity to earn a complimentary Discover Pass if they volunteer 24 hours or more on certain projects. Learn more about earning a complimentary pass here.
 
Want to know more about how we plan for diverse recreation opportunities on DNR-managed lands? Visit our Recreation Planning page and take a look at our adopted plans and policies and current planning projects.

Leave It How You Found It

We want people to continue to enjoy our state trust lands and natural areas for generations to come and that means doing our part now to preserve these beautiful landscapes. For your safety and the safety of our plants and wildlife, please follow these guidelines while you're recreating:
 
Be prepared. Familiarize yourself with the regulations and special considerations of the area you plan to visit. Make sure you’re prepared for weather, hazards, and emergencies.
 
Don't leave the trail. DNR manages 1,200 miles of trail – and growing. To avoid soil erosion and trampling fragile vegetation, please stay on our established trails and only use established campsites. In areas that allow dispersed backcountry camping, choose a site away from water and trails with minimal impact on vegetation.
 
Pack it in, pack it out. If you bring it into the forest, be sure you’re bringing it out too. Food and garbage that is left behind or improperly disposed of can attract wildlife and create potentially dangerous situations for visitors. Please pack out all food items and garbage. NEVER feed wildlife.
 
Don't take things from the forest. DNR allows harvesting at some of its sites. You can brush up on the rules for those activities here. Outside of those activities, help us preserve the land. Don’t build structures or disturb the flora and fauna. Avoid introducing or transporting invasive species.
 
Be careful with campfires. Make sure you check fire restrictions in the area before you head out. Campfires are permitted on DNR-managed lands only in approved fire pits and are only allowed only when a campfire burn restriction is not in place. Keep a shovel and buckets of water close by and never walk away from a smoldering campfire. Put the fire out cold before leaving - if it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave.
 
Be safe around wildlife. Observe our wildlife from a distance and never try to touch or feed them. Secure food items and trash. Habituating wildlife to human food and garbage alters their natural behaviors and creates unsafe situations for the animals and our visitors.
 
Be respectful of others on the trail. Make sure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy nature. Keep your dogs on a leash or under strict voice command if you're mountain biking or horseback riding. You can also learn about when and how to yield to other users on the trail here.