Federation Forest State Park

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Grab a picnic, and take a stroll among the old-growth trees of Federation Forest. This little-known gem on the White River offers family-friendly hiking and a peek at an important piece of Washington history.

A native plant garden surrounds the park's interpretive center, named for Catherine T. Montgomery. The noted backpacker, teacher and conservationist is credited with being the first to envision the Pacific Crest Trail, back in 1926.

Step inside the center to learn about the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, native to this area, and the Washington State Chapter of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, an organization of women's service clubs that has worked for decades to preserve this forest. In 1926, the group began a campaign to save some of Washington's rapidly disappearing old-growth trees, leading to the establishment of Federation Forest.

Whether you're taking a break on your way to the mountains or looking for an afternoon outing, you will find tranquility on the river and beauty under the park's cool forest canopy.

Park features
Federation Forest is a 574-acre day-use park with hundreds of acres of old-growth Douglas-fir trees, mature western hemlock, Sitka spruce and western red cedar. Its short, flat interpretive trails make the park an ideal destination for families with young children.

The Catherine Montgomery Interpretive Center is open June through August on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to dusk. During April, May, September and October, the Catherine Montgomery Interpretive Center is open on the weekends depending on weather conditions.

Automated pay stations: This park is equipped with automated pay stations for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and boat launch permit.

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ADA amenities/facilities

  • Restroom

Use our interactive ADA recreation map to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities. 

Picnic & day-use facilities 
There are two picnic shelters without electricity. The upper picnic area has a covered shelter, braziers and restrooms with running water. The shelters can be reserved online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.



  • 6.87 miles of hiking trails

Other activities & features

  • Amphitheater
  • Barbecue braziers (10)
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife viewing

Interpretive opportunities

The Catherine Montgomery Interpretive Center was built with funds provided by Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs.

Additional information