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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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. Day visitors can enjoy swimming, trout fishing, picnicking, hiking,and boating.…more

Beacon Rock State Park

  • 34841 State Rd 14
  • , Stevenson, WA 98648

The park is a 4,650-acre year-round camping park with historic significance dating back hundreds of years. The park includes 9,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River. For the adventuresome, lace up your hiking boots 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
  • Region: Battle Ground

This primitive, four-foot wide shared-use trail serves hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.

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. With its woodsy, Northwestern motif and open beam ceilings, the huge entertainment complex offers 30 traditional lanes of bowling and another 12 lanes in an intimate lounge style setting. For the kids, there are over 100 player positions at the latest and …more

Burnt Bridge Creek Trail

  • Northwest Lakeshore Ave & Northwest 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 Northwest Camas Meadows Drive
  • , 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

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
  • Region: Camas

This hard-surfaced, shared-use trail for hiking/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

Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail

  • NE Palmer Rd & NE 249th St
  • , Battle Ground, WA 98604
  • Region: Battle Ground

Clark County built the first segment of the Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail in 2011. Primary access to this multi-purpose trail is from Battle Ground Lake State Park and NE Palmer Road. The trail currently ends inside public property owned by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. The county’s long-term plan is to provide a trail along the entire 33-mile-long …more

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