Brooks Memorial State Park

Brooks Memorial State Park is a bright spot of colors, views and birdsongs, off the beaten path in south central Washington. 

Brooks Memorial sits between the barren hills of the south Yakima Valley and the pine forests of the Simcoe Mountains. This environmental diversity makes for a stunning park site. The 9 miles of hiking and equestrian trails lead along the Little Klickitat River and up through Ponderosa pine and stands of Oregon white oak.  As you gain elevation, you will find yourself in subalpine meadows with a profusion of wildflowers in spring and panoramic views that include Mount Hood, to the south. Save energy for the park’s more classic picnic and park activity options – a softball field, playground and horseshoe pit. 

Groups can rent the Environmental Learning Center, which sleeps more than 70 people in cozy cabins clustered around a lodge with a great hall. While facilities are closed in the winter, visitors use the area for back country snow play.  

You can gaze at the stars from your campsite or head to Goldendale Observatory State Park, just 20 minutes away, for some of the best night sky viewing in the Pacific Northwest. 

Nearby Maryhill State Park, Maryhill Museum, the Stonehenge replica and the orchards and wineries of the eastern Columbia River entice the cultural traveler, and the river itself is a sight to behold. Alternating days of tourism and trails make for great vacation memories in this Washington sweet spot. 

Park features


Brooks Memorial State Park is a 700-acre, seasonal camping park located between the south Yakima Valley and the Simcoe Mountains 15 miles north of Goldendale off Highway 97. 

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

  1. Activities
  2. Camping
  3. History
  4. Maps

Picnic & day-use facilities


Two kitchen shelters with picnic tables, sinks, and electricity are available first come, first served. A restroom is available.

Activities


Trails


  • 9 miles of hiking trails
  • 9 miles of equestrian trails

Other activities & features


  • Amphitheater
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Softball field
  • Two horseshoe pits
  • Wildlife viewing

Interpretive opportunities


The park features a monument to the Honorable Nelson B. Brooks. Nature talks are given to groups at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) upon request. Tours and programs may be arranged through park rangers. Call the park at 509-773-4611 for more information.

Additional information


  • A ball field and a swing set are in the park.
  • Hikers should bring a day-pack with first-aid supplies, map, and compass and/or GPS. Please contact a ranger for hiking information.
  • Butterfly Garden with 27 species of butterflies sited.
  • Motorized activities are not permitted on trails. Metal-detector enthusiasts must report any evidence of Indian artifacts to a park ranger.
  • Activities close to the park include stargazing at the Goldendale Observatory, visiting the Maryhill Museum, viewing the replica of Stonehenge on SR 14 and driving the historic Columbia Highway in nearby Oregon.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.