Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail


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Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail Facts

States: Washington
Counties: Clark
Length: 0.9 miles
Trail end points: Battle Ground Lake State Park at NE Palmer Rd. and NE 249th St. and 1 mile southwest of Battle Ground Lake State Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7674267

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail Description

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail—also known as the Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail—is currently open from Battle Ground Lake State Park to a point nearly 1 mile southwest. The paved trail runs next to the Clark County-owned Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, which sees limited freight and excursion rail use.

Clark County is planning on extending the trail along the entire 33-mile length of the railroad from the existing Burnt Bridge Creek Trail near Hazel Dell Avenue in Vancouver to the railroad’s northern terminus in Chelatchie Prairie.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the open portion of the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail can be found in Battle Ground Lake State Park on NE 249th Street/Burt Road.

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail Reviews

Lovely trail; short but sweet

It's paved, it's short but sweet, keep in mind that the railroad IS active (not super active, I didn't see any trains on my particular trip), so use caution at crossings. It's within Battle Ground State Park. I went on a fall day and was tickled (and slightly saddened) to see a bunch of uneaten apples that had fallen off the trees in the area; hopefully some of the local wildlife got some tasty snacks out of them.

Chelatchie Prairie Rail with trail

The trail segment is accessed from Battle Ground Lake state park. It is very short, less than a mile but with the state park nearby you could easily lengthen it. The trail itself is in excellent condition and especially if you have mobility issues, a nice little walk. It is mostly a shaded area and filled with wildflowers on both sides.

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