Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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Whether you're looking for a quick stroll to a beautiful view or a longer scramble, Palouse Falls State Park will not disappoint. The main attraction at this Eastern Washington park is the 198-foot Palouse Falls, but the geology surrounding the falls is just as impressive. This is a perfect picnic destination that offers a number of covered and uncovered picnic areas with amazing views. Sunset at Palose Falls should not be missed, as the sun lights the canyon and flatlands dramatically. If you wish to stay the night, there are 11 first-come, first-served campsites, including one ADA-compliant site. 

Visitors are offered a variety of views of the falls and the river below from both ends of the park. There were once trails leading from the railroad tracks on the north end of the park, but they have since been closed due to safety concerns. Please be respectful of the trail closures and stay in the designated viewing areas.

Dogs are allowed in the park, but they must be on a leash. The ledge is very steep and unfenced in areas. Additionally, this area is known for rattlesnakes and yellow-bellied marmots, both of which are better seen from a distance by people and pets. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Washington Discovery Pass

Pros

Wheelchair accessible. Great views.

Cons

Far from other adventures. Can be crowded.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

Big vistas
Waterfalls
ADA accessible

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

05/10/2016
Most visitors to this small park come for the view from the top. The more adventurous hike down to the river, a 3-mile r/t hike. The extreme adventurous hike around the small ledge that surrounds the falls for a more remote experience. It's a view worth hiking to. The only disadvantage about coming to this small state park is that there are no camping facilities; it's strictly a day-use park only.
04/21/2017
The Palouse area is in spring green right now.
Worth the trip to Eastern WA, especially if you make an overnight out of it as this area has very little light pollution.
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