Road Trip: Wenatchee River County Park

Are you headed to Leavenworth for Oktoberfest?  Or planning for the Apple Blossom Festival during April?  Maybe you are like us and need a warm, sunny location for Memorial Day weekend.  Then park your wheels at Wenatchee River County Park!

Wenatchee River County Park, or WRCP, has a great facility with easy access on State Highway 2 in Monitor, Washington.   thumbs up for WRCP WRCPThe sites are laid out in loops lending to its park like setting of large lawns for spreading out and plenty of room for the kids to run around or an impromptu football game.  My favorite loop is B due to its proximity to the play park.  I can relax in my lounge chair right outside my RV and watch the kids all day at the merry-go-round.  The park hosts 49 sites with 43 being full hook-ups for $30 a night/$25 for water & electric.  WRCP is strictly an RV park with no tent camping allowed.  This park is wide open and my kids love to bring their bikes.  The car and truck traffic is very low giving me piece of mind while the kids wander on their toys.  Forget your bike?  No worries, WRCP has bikes to check out.  They offer several amenities like free wifi, laundry, showers, bathrooms, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball hoop, golfing cage, free movie and book check-out, work-out areas, and a Ping-Pong table.  Check out WRCP’s website to learn more.  One downside to WRCP are the passing trains.  They do travel all hours of the day and night.

Here are our suggestions about what to do near Wenatchee River County Park.

Located about 15 miles from WRCP, Leavenworth is Bavarian city situated in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.  Lots of shopping, eating and beer sampling brings thousands of visitors here every year.  They host an Oktoberfest celebration and Christmas Lighting Festival to name a few.

Lake Valhalla, Lake Valhallanear the top of Steven’s Pass, is an eleven mile roundtrip hike to a beautiful lake.  The start of the trail is located across from the Steven’s Pass ski area at the Pacific Crest Trail trailhead.  (Photo courtesy of our dear friends, Brian and Laura)

I am in love with Cashmere’s Museum and Pioneer VillagePioneer VillageThis museum has done a fantastic job of displaying local and regional history.  Everything about this museum is worth while.  My favorite display has to be the Pioneer Village which consists of 20 original structures brought in from the local area.  Walking through the village transports you to pioneer way of life and is truly remarkable.

In Wenatchee is Ohme’s Gardens.  This beautiful garden located on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River was once home to a dry, rocky, and desolate patch of earth.  Herman and Ruth Ohme had a vision for these four acres and in 1929 started their dream to transform the bluff into a alpine meadow with pools and evergreens.  Most of the work was done by hand as they transplanted plants and trees from the nearby Cascade Mountains along with native stone for the pathways.  Mr. Ohme even use to carry five gallon buckets full of water from the Columbia River up to the garden to water it.  If that is not determination, then I don’t know what is.  Mr. Ohme worked on his garden until 1971 when he died.  Honor Herman and Ruth Ohme with a visit to their garden and wander through the quiet retreat while marveling at all their hard work.

All this exploring found you hungry?  We tried a place call McGlinn’s in Wenatchee as a suggestion from our friends.  Wow!  Great food.  Everything on the menu looked wonderful.  Our food was so good, that several times since, I have mentioned to my husband that we have to go back there.  We ordered the soup (get black bean chili), salad, beer bread, and philly dip sandwich.  Seriously GOOD!!

Looking for an off road adventure?  Our family occasionally ventures onto forest roads with my husband’s Hummer and we drove Colockum Road two years ago. Colockum Road I would not at all recommend this route for cars.  This particular route, in my opinion, requires high clearance, mud-terrain tires, and skid plates.  I would also suggest you air down when it starts to get really bumpy.  This mountain road crosses Colockum Pass at 5,373 feet.  The history of Colockum Road started in the 1880s as part of an important route linking The Dalles, Oregon to British Columbia.  Colockum Road takes you through Colockum State Wildlife Area and provides great views of the Columbia River Valley and Cascade Mountains.

Thank you for reading and please comment below.  I love to learn how others are enjoying Washington.

To help you plan:

  • WRCP is open from April 1st through October 31st.
  • I bring bikes, scooters, basketball, and plenty of lawn games to play.
  • FYI – The migrant work camp for the local fruit orchards is located next door and operates usually from June through the fall.
  • The Wenatchee River runs adjacent to WRCP.  It is a FAST river, especially in the Spring due to snow melt.  Watch little kiddos.
  • Hike to Lake Valhalla after the snow melts and the kids can enjoy a rewarding dip in the lake.
  • Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village is open from March 1st through October 31st.  Admission for adults $7.00, seniors over 62 $6.00, students 13-17 $4.50, kids 6-12 $3.50 and kids 5 and under are free.
  • Ohme’s Gardens is open from April 15th through October 15th.  Admission for adults $7, kids 6-17 $3.50, kids under 5 free with adult.

A=WRCP | B=Leavenworth | C=Lake Valhalla | D=Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village | E=Ohme’s Gardens | F=McGlinn’s


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