Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Capitol State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

No bugs - a little soft / muddy in places

backpacking
8 days ago

Tons of open Forrest with access for camping, trail hikes and backpacking!

hiking
8 days ago

It’s a beautiful hike, however you have to step aside many times for the people on horseback (who sometimes are riding quickly but thankfully you can hear them coming) also accompanied with the beautiful scenery you will hear constant gunshots from the nearby shooting range. Overall it was a beautifully forested hike, the waterfall would be difficult to see for some because you do have to climbing through trees down a steep slope to get to it.

Stroller friendly for the little ones and provides many opportunities to see wildlife. I come here often and we see many different birds, turtles, salamanders and we try to see the beaver but have no such luck. My family loves this trail because it’s easy and a perfect way to unwind in nature.

Beautiful morning hike with a little mist. Had the trail all to ourselves. Very easy with many good pictures along the way. Rocks at the end are slippery, we went down backwards with no problem. We’ll definitely be back to camp here.

walking
24 days ago

This was not the best hike I’ve ever been on, actually it’s one of the worst in the PNW. Regardless, there was some scenic and beautiful areas for photos. The waterfall was not worth the hike in though, when we went it was pretty much dried up and a trickle not waterfall! That’s what summer heat will do to it, I guess. There are a lot of signs to guide you. We had a hard time finding the actual location and parking area, using our GPS. We like the fact that you can choose how far you want to hike by the different entrances. We did the medium length hike, almost 7 miles with our 8 year old.

walking
26 days ago

Really nice walk with the dog today. We enjoyed the sound of the rain in the trees and watching the mists weaving through. A few walkers only.

hiking
1 month ago

pretty

Mostly uphill but absolutely beautiful. Took the whole family including a 7yr old. They enjoyed the hike and didn’t feel it was too steep. It was clear some maintenance has been done on the trail to insure safety. For people who spend money on the discovery fees, feel good about the money being used properly here.

Quiet, lovely trail and an old growth grove at the highest elev.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was a little under maintained and required crawling under a tree or two, though wasn't an issue for me or my two young kids. I only wish that we didn't have smoke from far away wildfires to contend with because the views would have been amazing.

walking
1 month ago

The longer loop is a little rocky but overall it's a nice walk. There are a lot of grasshoppers so watch your step and try not to smoosh them! Also, ladies don't wear a v-neck! I had two hit me on the lower chest area and they might have gotten in my shirt if it had been lower cut. Wish there wasn't a gun range close by, you can absolutely hear the rounds going off.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice walk for kids and the short walk is ADA accessible. Very easy for families, but not for people looking for a good work out. We didn't hear any gunshots, thankfully, as others have. Interesting natural site.

hiking
2 months ago

great hike when you have kids. there is a couple spots that the kids can swim, nothing too deep or crazy.

Great hike for littles, though my 4 yo fell in on a slippery rock

Awesome trail for kids and family. Easygoing trail.

Very challenging going uphill!!

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was GORGEOUS. Loved the falls!!

hiking
2 months ago

I have 6 kiddos from 9 years old down to 2 and this was perfect for all of them. Porter creek is straight out of a fairytale.

Great area to get out and go for a jog or just enjoy the nature, there is an ADA accessible paved path, but you can also go further out on the dirt path. You can usually see hawks about half way out, sometimes you see RC planes in the field next to the mounds.

The people complaining about gunshots must not go very far in because you definitely don't hear it the whole trail, occasionally by the entrance you do hear the sportsman's club enjoying their freedom and exercising their 2nd ammendment rights.

hiking
3 months ago

Great little hike leading to a nice relaxing little waterfall. Great for families but watch the end the rocks near the falls are steep and drop off plus they are SUPER slick when they are wet. But the hike itself is family friendly and makes for a nice morning or evening walk.

Beautiful day on the trail and had it all to ourselves.

hiking
3 months ago

Wasn’t expecting this hike to lead to such an amazing little spot. Definitely recommend it for families, we took our 4yr daughter with us, just make sure you watch them while crossing some of the more narrow spots on the trail. Other than that, it’s a great little hike and has an awesome end spot!

3 months ago

it's an easy hike with lots of great nature to explore: ponds with turtles, frogs, ducks, salamanders. Lots of birds. many amazing wild berries. garter snakes on sunny days.

the trail has a section through a sunny meadow, and a quieter, shadowy forested area with a winding trail

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked with 2 boys, aged 7 and 8. Short enough to keep their attention but long enough to get a good hike in. Be sure to wear good shoes, it has some elevation and uneven ground.

3 months ago

Horse manure everywhere!!!! Awful smell and bugs from the piles of manure ruined the hike for us. Gunshots were unsettling, loud, even in the early am. Not for anyone with gunshot PTSD.

Interesting geography and a nice little interpretive center. I caught the end of wildflower season and was there on a hot day-- bad idea as there was no shade. Saw hawks diving for prey. Recommend going on an overcast day.

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect little hike on Father’s Day. Trail was as advertised. Wish there was a little more to look at but still had a great time with family.

beautiful walk with dogs

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