Deschutes Valley Trail
Connecting neighborhoods and parks
The Deschutes Valley Trail plan was envisioned in 1987 and is a priority in the Tumwater Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan as well as in the Thurston County Regional Trails Plan. It was originally imagined as a trail that would span the City, connect neighborhoods and parks, and provide a transportation alternative within the City of Tumwater.
The trail will begin at the City’s eastern border at Pioneer Park. Crossing the Deschutes River and will outline the Tumwater Valley Golf Course and provide a connection to the new Deschutes Valley Park. From the park, the trail connects to the City’s watershed in the Palermo Valley with a trailhead near Capitol Blvd and connects to the Palermo Pocket Park. From the Palermo watershed the trail continues north, up Tumwater Valley Drive and into the Tumwater Falls Park and ends at the City’s northern border at Historical Park. This is a trail system that provides residents with access to five public parks, the City’s golf course, the Deschutes River and Capitol Lake. Plans are currently being considered on new routes to connect this trail with the Olympia Woodland trail and the rest of the county trail system.
Under Construction: Deschutes Valley Trail: Tumwater Historical Park to Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls
April – December 2020
Walkers, joggers, and sightseers will soon be able to travel by trail between Tumwater Historical Park and Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls. Construction of the Deschutes Valley Trail segment begins this April and will continue through December 2020.
The meandering trail will be constructed on the historic railroad bed parallel to the Deschutes River. Continuous views of the River and Falls set this trail segment apart from others in the area. The unique design features include exposed bedrock, rockery walls, interpretive signage and artwork related to the history of Tumwater.
The Deschutes Valley Trail was first envisioned in the 1987 Tumwater Trails Plan. It was later added to the Thurston Regional Trails Plan and awarded federal funding for design of the trail system administered through Thurston Regional Planning Council. When complete, the 2.5 mile Deschutes Valley Trail will connect Tumwater from Historical Park to Pioneer Park.
More information about trail construction is on the City Projects webpage.