Rainbow Falls State Park
4008 State Highway 6
Chehalis, WA 98532
From I-5: Take exit 77, go west on state highway 6 about 17 miles. Turn right on Chandler road (will cross over a new bridge) go 0.3 miles and turn right on Leudinghaus road. Travel 0.8 miles on Leudinghaus road and turn right into the park. Upon entering the park, the campground area will be to your right and the group camp and day-use area will be to your left.
Rainbow Falls State Park is located along the east flow of the Chehalis River around 16 miles west of the city of Chehalis. The 139 acre state park is split in two by the Chehalis River and State highway 6. A heavy winter storm in December of 2007 washed out a vehicle bridge that was the former park entrance. The new entrance to the park is on the north side of the river along Leudinghaus Road.
To view Rainbow Falls head south from the rangers station about 200 yards and look down past the old bridge foundation. The "Falls" is more like rapid than an actual waterfall. Depending on river height you may or may not see it. The Chehalis River makes an easterly turn through Rainbow Falls before heading northwest and ending in Aberdeen, WA.
The drop or rapid is around 10 feet over a layer of basalt rock left over from volcanic activity in the area thousands of years ago.
The 2013 State Parks free days are as follows:
Jan. 21 – In honor of Martin Luther King Day
March 30 – In honor of Washington State Parks' 100th birthday on March 19
April 27 and 28 – National Parks Week
June 1 – National Trails Day
June 8 and 9 – National Get Outdoors Day and Department of Fish and Wildlife Free Fishing weekend
Aug. 4 – Peak season free day
Sept. 28 – National Public Lands Day
Nov. 9 through 11 – Veteran's Day weekend
Please note: A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife during State Parks free days. For more information, please visitwww.discoverpass.wa.gov.
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