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 day-use park with 600 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.

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ADA amenities/facilities

  • Restroom

Picnic & day-use facilities

There are two picnic shelters without electricity and five sheltered picnic tables. The upper picnic area has drinking fountains, a covered shelter, braziers, and restrooms with running water. Both are first come, first served.



  • 6.87 miles of hiking trails

Other activities & features

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

Interpretive opportunities

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