Vancouver Spotlight

Explore Outdoors in Vancouver, WA

Tucked between the snow covered peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the majestic Columbia River, Vancouver USA has grown into a vibrant destination for people who want to get the most out of their time outdoors. With a full year of outdoor activities, there is no “off season” in Vancouver, Washington.

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Spring is a wonderful time to explore our region. Clark County offers some of the most scenic trails, lakes and rivers to investigate and has millions, yes millions, of square acres of dedicated outdoor space nearby. To find the best park for your activity, choose from one of the 191 area parks in Vancouver or throughout Clark County. For those who enjoy live entertainment, spring is also the kick-off season for outdoor concerts at Esther Short Park and Sleep Country Amphitheater.  

Summer is for adventure in Vancouver! Outdoor opportunities seem limitless. Perhaps you are a hardcore mountain biker looking to get some air, a fisherman who enjoys landing the perfect salmon, or a birdwatcher looking for a red-tailed hawk, then Vancouver USA is the place for you! Or you might prefer to lace up your boots and enjoy a great walk, hike, or barrier-free trail.

Fall is the perfect time for a romantic getaway in Vancouver, Washington.  Take a scenic drive through the hills of Clark County and stop off at one of the many wineries that are celebrating the fall crush. Most of the wineries feature tastings and offer menu items that highlight the autumn harvest. If you plan ahead and pack a lunch, Moulton Falls provides the perfect backdrop for a late season picnic.

Winter is one of the best times for photographers to observe outdoor action. Fall usually arrives late in the year allowing for a magnificent show of colors. One of the best places to catch the seasonal shift is at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, which is a hive of activity as the birds prepare to migrate.

No matter the season, bring the whole family and experience our great outdoors—just don’t forget your hiking boots. Or swimsuit. Or camera.


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Allen's Crosley Lanes

  • 2400 E. Evergreen Blvd.
  • , Vancouver, WA 98661
  • Region: Downtown Vancouver
  • Phone: 360-693-4789
  • Fax: 360-737-9883

Allen's Crosley Lanes offers 42 high quality lanes with easy automatic scoring for family, friends, and league bowling. Enjoy cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as Saturday afternoons. There are arcade games, a snack bar, and a 21-and-over bar inside the alley.…more

Battle Ground Lake State Park

  • 18002 NE 249th St.
  • , Battle Ground, WA 98604

Battle Ground Lake Park is a beautiful park with a crystal-clear lake formed by volcanic upliftings and depressions in the earth. The park has 50 campsites, and day visitors can enjoy swimming, trout fishing, picnicking, hiking and boating.…more

Beacon Rock State Park

  • 34841 State Rd 14
  • , Stevenson, WA 98648

Beacon Rock State Park is a 4,650-acre year-round camping park with historic significance dating back hundreds of years and 9,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River. For the adventuresome, lace up your hiking boots to scale the 1.6-mile trail to experience unparalleled panoramic views of the Gorge. The hike scales the core of an extinct volcano now known as …more

Bells Mountain Trail

  • 27781 NE Lucia Falls Road
  • , Yacolt, WA 98675

Bells Mountain Trail is a primitive, four-foot wide shared-use trail that serves hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. It is part of a 30-mile stretch of the Chinook Trail, with its northern trailhead a quarter of a mile downriver from the bridge at Moulton Falls picnic area. Climb to the top of Bells Mountain and wind through strands of Alder and Doug-fir trees.…more

Big Al's Family Entertainment Center

  • 16615 SE 18th Street
  • , Vancouver, WA 98683

Voted as Clark County’s best family fun value in 2008 and 2009, Big Al’s is more than just your typical bowling alley. Built to resemble a stadium, Big Al’s Sports Bar and Grill boasts a monster 8-foot by 36-foot-wide jumbo-tron video screen to broadcast all the games. For the kids, there is a snack bar adjacent to the bowling lanes and arcade.…more

Burnt Bridge Creek Trail

  • NW Lakeshore Ave & NW Bernie Dr
  • , Vancouver, WA 98665

This hard-surfaced, shared-use trail offers excellent opportunities for walking, biking, jogging, commuting, and viewing the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway. The trail passes through a variety of landscapes, including open grasslands and heavily wooded areas. Most of this trail is flat, providing for an easy trail experience, with the exception of steep slopes at the Bernie Rd. …more

Camas Meadows Golf Club

  • 4105 NW Camas Meadows Dr
  • , Camas, WA 98607
  • Region: Camas
  • Phone: 360-833-2000
  • Fax: 360-834-7075

Camas Meadows Golf Club is Southwest Washington’s premier public 18-hole, Par 72 golf destination. The course is tucked away in the forested wetlands near Lacamas Lake and combines incredible scenery with a uniquely challenging 6,571 yard Championship design.…more

Camas Skate Park

  • Shepherd Way & 3rd Avenue
  • , Camas, WA 98607

The Camas Skate Park is located at the intersection of Shepherd Road and 3rd Avenue, next to the Riverside Bowling Alley, and the Washougal River Greenway. It has over 12,500 square feet of two-tiered skating surface. Primarily set up as a street course, elements include ramps, rails, picnic table, loading dock and stairs.…more

Cape Horn

  • 62 Salmon Falls Rd
  • , Washougal, WA 98671

Cape Horn offers a rugged, 7-mile workout that rapidly ascends the cape’s rocky slopes. Severe drop-offs provide stunning viewpoints, and steep switchbacks zigzag up the rocky terrain. For those looking to explore the trail for the first time, guided hikes are offered by the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge.…more

Captain William Clark Park Trail

  • State Route 14 at 15th Street
  • , Washougal, WA 98671

This hard-surfaced, shared-use trail for hiking and biking extends from Steamboat Landing in East Vancouver to the east end of the United States Fish and Wildlife Refuge at Steigerwald Lake. The trail offers outstanding views of the Columbia River along with access to Cottonwood Beach.…more

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