A popular exercise course for joggers and walkers, this wide, well maintained trail system has ample parking available, no restrooms or picnic area.
Length: 1.5 miles | Difficulty: easy | Topography: Flat forest trails under high canopy | No fee or pass required. | Direction: Parking lot across from Shelton High School on Shelton Springs Road. Sign greets walkers with trail diagrams.
Goldsborough Creek Trail
The trail follows an extensive concrete fish ladder. In summer, wade among the miniature waterfalls created by the ladder. There is an educational kiosk, covered shelter, and railroad trestle spanning the creek.
Length: 1 mile | Difficulty: easy | Topography: Dirt trail | No fee or pass required. | Directions: Take Shelton-Matlock Exit from Highway 101, pull into Ford auto dealership visible from highway. Drive through dealership, looking for iron gate where power lines and septic system are also located. Park at gate and follow clearing toward Goldsborough Creek to your right. Woods are to your immediate left, look for trail opening just before bluffs above creek
Located northwest of Shelton in the Skokomish River Recreation Area. A full loop around the lake takes you through old growth forests, past waterfalls and through a marsh, and then back up above the lake for a few peek-a-boo views of the mountains.
Length: 2 miles | Difficulty: moderate | Topography: old growth forest | Directions: Travel US Highway 101 to the Skokomish Valley Road, (7 mi. north of Shelton, 7 mi. south of Hoodsport). Turn west on the Valley road and drive about 5.5 miles to the junction with FS Road #23. Turn right and proceed for 10 miles on FS Road #23 to the junction of FS Road #2353. Veer left and continue on FS Road #23 (end of pavement) another 8 miles to the Spider Lake Trailhead. This trail loops around Spider Lake through old growth forest.
6th Avenue Park - 8th & Birch
Waterfall with wading pond reflections are visible from trailhead. Follow a wooded trail that runs above the falls and continues up a gentle ravine, then return on same route to parking area.
Length: .5 miles | Difficulty: easy | Topography: Dirt trail along creek | No fee or pass required. | Directions: Trailhead parking at end of Sixth Street, beyond Laurel. Falls are visible from street, more dramatic in wetter months.
Isabella Lake State Park Trails
Developed network of trails on both sides of road, a reclaimed farm. Easy to explore with lots of exposed fields to stay oriented.
Length: various 2.5 mile loops | Difficulty: easy | Topography: rolling meadow | Discover Pass required. | Directions: exit Highway 101 at Highway 3, go south on Golden Pheasant Rd, turn right Delight Park Road. Lake Isabella sign on right- parking, restroom, picnic table and trails.
Kamilche Kennedy Creek Trail
Trail frames walker’s view of Kennedy Creek with platforms and bridges.
Length: .5 mile | Difficulty: easy | Topography: mostly flat | No fee or pass required. | Directions: Northbound, turn west on Old Olympic HWY just before milepost 357. Southbound turn west on Old Olympic HWY at milepost 356 (look for the brown “wildlife viewing area” sign) go 3/4 mile to the salmon trail entrance road. - Note Trail Open 10am-4pm Weekends Nov. 3 - Dec. 2
Schafer State Park Trail
Riverside trail loops back along hillside away from river. Interpretive center, camping, picnic, swimming, fishing.
Length: 1 mile loop | Difficulty: easy to moderate | Topography: mixed forest along bluffs above the Satsop River. | No fee or pass required. | Directions: 12 miles north of Elma, on the East Fork of the Satsop River in Mason County. The park is also accessible via the Brady exit from U.S. Hwy. 12. Pick up trail at bend on West Schafer Park Road, before bridge over river.
Truman Glick Park Trails
Winding trails, wooden arch footbridge and under-utilized picnic, field and playground area (with covered cooking pavilion).
Length: several loops totaling 4 miles or more | Difficulty: easy | Topography: flat, semi-wetland & mixed forest | No fee or pass required. | Directions: From Matlock, take Matlock-Deckerville Road 2 miles to right turn at Ford Road. Drive .75 mile on Ford, park is on left.