Ferry County Rail Trail

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The Ferry County Rail Trail runs between the communities of Republic and Danville near the Canadian border in northeast Washington. It follows the former corridor of the Great Northern Railway.

The full 25-mile rail-trail is open for non-motorized multiple use, including mountain biking, walking, and horseback riding. In winter, the trail is groomed for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The experience includes scenic views along Curlew Lake and the Kettle River, two former railroad bridges, and a short tunnel cut into the rocky hillside.

Two sections of the trail have an improved surface: a 5.5-mile section along Curlew Lake and a 3.1-mile section between the town of Curlew and the tunnel. These sections have a finely crushed stone surface that is smooth and hard-packed, offering an experience similar to pavement and suitable for use with road bikes, inline skates, and wheelchairs.

The trail's northern end, from the tunnel to Danville, is undergoing improvements. A future phase will also re-surface the railroad ballast that currently exists in the 10-mile section between Curlew Lake and the town of Curlew.

From the southern end of the trail, you can connect to the Golden Tiger Pathway, which heads 5.5 miles southwest into Republic and is open to ATVs in addition to non-motorized uses.

Parking and Trail Access

There are parking lots (unpaved) available at several trailheads (from south to north): Herron Creek Road, Miyoko Point Road, Blacks Beach Road, Kiwanis Road (located at the north end of Curlew Lake and considered the main trailhead), and North Curlew (near the town of Curlew).


Old people need exercise!!

   August, 2016 by tomlane261

I have been in Ferry For over 40 years and have been waiting for Rails To Trails for a good part of that time] I can now ride my bike from Curlew to the Tunnel. Now I can stay in shape and enjoy the Kettle river on that part of the trail. I would like ...read more

   July, 2016 by tracytroia

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A great trial in the making

   December, 2010 by malosteveo

The Ferry County Rail Trail is in the early development stages with many non-motorized enthusiasts lending financial, moral and hands-on support. A lot of folks have worked really hard, against impossible odds, to make this non-motorized rail trail ...read more