You’ll find Rainbow Falls State Park on the Chehalis River in Southwest Washington about an hour south of Olympia. It was constructed in 1935 in the heart of an old-growth forest.
Inside the park you’ll find 3,400 feet of freshwater shoreline on the river, 10 miles of hiking trails and 7 miles of bike trails. There are numerous spots for swimming and fishing, and there are a couple of horseshoe pits for anyone who feels like a good game.
But of course, the park is best known for its waterfall. The waterfall itself isn’t very big, but it often has a rainbow over it, hence its name. There is also a small garden that displays 40 varieties of fuchsia, which is a favorite stop for visitors.
When it’s time to set up camp, you’ll certainly have your pick of perfect spots. There are eight RV hookup sites and 45 tent spaces as well as a dump station. There are three sites for hikers and cyclists (meaning no vehicles allowed) and three for horse campers. All campsites are first come, first serve, so getting there early will help you find your space.
Wildlife viewing is common at Rainbow Falls State Park. You can go on a self-guided nature walk through the forest, and aside from birds you might see chipmunks, rabbits, raccoons, deer and elk or even bears.
To enjoy Rainbow Falls State Park, you’ll need your camping gear, plenty of water, and a Discover Pass.