Fall has arrived, and so have the changing colors of Clark County’s beautiful trees. Long walks, short walks, tall trees and little trees – there is something for everyone wanting to take in the colors that only this season grants to us. Here is where to see fall leaves in Vancouver, Washington and throughout Clark County
Columbia River Renaissance Trail
115 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver
The five-mile Columbia River Renaissance Trail, designed for people and cyclists, has picturesque views along the river, perfect for a meditative walk. Trees line the trail and are a-blaze with fall colors sure to please. Connecting parks and trails include the Discovery Historic two-mile Loop Trail that winds through Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The historic site is lush with autumn colors along Officer’s Row, which also connects to Esther Short Park, and downtown Vancouver, also brimming with shops and trees changing colors. Grab a hot chocolate and stroll about enjoying the sights and bustling community activity. Trees bursting with seasonal colors along the historically rich Officer’s Row include sugar maple, big leaf maples, American elms, black walnut, Douglas fir and cottonwoods.
Salmon Creek Greenway Trail
112 NE 117th Street, Vancouver
A fall foliage gem in north Vancouver, the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail features 3.1 miles of paved pathway winding along the banks of Salmon Creek. About 850 acres, the greenway opened to the public in 1996 and is like a nature haven that restores and reminds us to stay connected to the outdoors. Be sure to bring binoculars if you love watching birds and enjoying creeks, meadows, ponds, duck nesting boxes, and other wildlife habitats that grace the area.
Burnt Bridge Creek Trail
1617 N Devine Road, Vancouver
Enjoy the fall leaves in Vancouver along Burnt Bridge Creek Trail. This eight-mile hard-surfaced shared-use trail offers delightful opportunities to walk, jog, and bike. Expect an array of landscapes, including open grasslands and heavily wooded areas, to spark your Fall inspiration.
Vancouver Lake Regional Park
6801 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver
Vancouver Lake Regional Park is an annual delight ripe with bright fall colors and trees to admire. Among the trees, ash, willow, and cottonwood trees will feature vivid colors along a paved multi-use trail linking the lake with the Columbia River. The 190-acre regional park includes waterfowl and wildlife to enjoy too. On clear days, you can relish breathtaking views of Mount Hood, Mount Saint Helens, and Mount Adams.
Battle Ground Lake State Park
18002 NE 249th Street, Battle Ground
Battle Ground Lake State Park is a forested camping park in the Cascade Mountain Foothills. The state park reveals an Evergreen Forest that is located around a crater lake of volcanic origin. The 280-acre park has Fall colors to enjoy amid an array of hiking, biking, horse trails, and so much more.
113 S Main Avenue, Ridgefield
Ridgefield’s Overlook Park is nestled in the heart of downtown and features panoramic views of the river, waterfront, and Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. It is also flush with magnificent colors amid its wooded trail systems of diverse habitats. The charming town of Ridgefield also has shops to browse along tree-lined streets ready to greet you when you visit.
400 Abrams Park Road, Ridgefield
Abrams Park is a 40-acre destination spot abundant with trees and a bright landscape that give you lots of fall leaves in Ridgefield to view. You can sit, walk, or stroll while basking in warm colors, sure to please.
Fallen Leaf Lake Park
2911 NE Everett Street, Camas
Fallen Leaf Lake Park is a scenic 15-acre lake surrounded by mature, deciduous, evergreen trees. The park is a beautiful place to see fall leaves in Camas. Trails meandering through beautiful evergreen forest trees, wetlands, and habitats for birds and wildlife make this a unique Fall destination for color and landscape changes. Close to Camas, after you stroll and enjoy the lake area, you can explore the charm it has to offer with its interesting shops and eateries, rich history, fun activities, and friendly community.
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
35302 SE Lewis and Clark Highway, Washougal
Just south of Highway 14 and east of Washougal on more than 1,000 acres of the former Columbia River floodplain, you can experience Fall landscapes at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. A 2.75-mile level gravel trail passes through the refuge and provides a chance to experience the shallow ponds, marshes, open fields, and the Columbia River. The riparian woodlands filled with white oaks and cottonwoods will shimmer in traditional glorious fall colors just for you.