Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park is a 7,470-acre park with year-round camping at Wanapum recreational area. The park features 27,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Wanapum Reservoir on the Columbia River. Petrified wood was discovered in the region in the early 1930s, which led to creation of the park as a national historic preserve.

It was okay... most likely will not go again.

disappointing

The trail itself is decent if you just want to walk. Pretty disappointed in the "forest" which is now just several,16 maybe, petrified trees in iron cages. The visitor center a few miles up the road in Vantage with petroglyphs was worth stopping for to see lava beds and other not caged petrified trees. If you swing by the gift shop, they can point you in the direction of both trails, which start a good ten miles from each other somewhat confused on the trail the one listed here was very short but very cool.

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Stopped to do this hike after briefly visiting the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park that is two miles further down Vantage Hwy. Discover Pass is required. I believe there is a fee box if you do not have a pass. The trails are groomed. The different petrified log specimens kept my seven year old occupied on the hike. WTA refers to this trail as Gingko Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails. Could be a good place to stop and stretch your legs for a bit if you're on a long road trip.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

We picked a windy day to visit, but it was a nice hike. I brought all 3 of my children and they did great! There's a few different trail options ranging from 3/4 mile to 3 miles. The actual petrified wood exhibits was fascinating to look at, but somewhat lack-luster. It would have been nice if there were more info available to read about the site, wood, ect... If you're looking for a low-key family hike, this is it! Beautiful peek-a-boo views of the Columbia River! I'd take my kids back again.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Dumb

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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Trees are in cages and the trail is otherwise uninteresting. Nice side trip though. Very hot and dry in August.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The trails are well marked and maintained, but there's not a whole lot going on. The stumps that make up the petrified forest are caged, so not very magical. Other than those, it's the same scrubland that covers the rest of the area.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

nice break from the road trip