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Walking Paths

Arthur G. Rempel Nature Trail

The Arthur G. Rempel Nature Trail at the Fort Walla Walla Natural Area adjacent to the Fort Walla Walla Museum and west of the VA Medical Center is another spot that provides in-town outdoor recreation. This pocket of nature offers walking paths and birding opportunities. With over a mile of trails and many different paths to explore, this trail feels longer than it really is. Choose your own adventure, and perhaps you’ll spot a Great…

Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve

A handful of short to moderate length trails treat users to unobstructed views of the Columbia Basin. From atop Badger Mountain, the unique geology and agriculture of eastern Washington is on display. Friends of Badger Mountain, a local group, has preserved this landscape with health and wellness in mind. Enjoy two trailheads and eight miles of well manicured trails. The plan is for these trails to connect with other trail systems in the area.

Bennington Lake

This is about as local as it gets for outdoor activities. Located on the east side of town near Walla Walla Community College, locals and visitors alike are treated to stunning views of the Blue Mountains kissed by rolling fields of wheat. This is a great place to get a little exercise, take the dog for a walk, or escape the city without really having to leave. With so many different activities available, there is…

Big Trees of Walla Walla

Eastern Washington is known for its unique geologic features formed by basaltic lava flows and massive glacial flooding. Looking down on the Walla Walla valley floor from the Blue Mountains, the rolling landscape extends as far as the eye can see. Contrasting this iconic site is a large patch of green denoting town. Under canopy, the people of Walla Walla enjoy a handful of very big trees.

City of Walla Walla Sculpture Walk

The Walla Walla Valley is home to many talented artists. Much of their work is on display and livening up the heart of Walla Walla. Take a moment to grab a coffee and tour the sculptures that soften and enhance our community.

Fort Walla Walla Recreation Trail

Enjoy almost a mile of paved trail on the south side of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center. The trail starts near Fort Walla Walla and ends at West Chestnut Street. As an added bonus, have fun learning a little about our solar system via the planet walk. The Fort Walla Walla Recreation Trail Planet Walk was created by the 2007 Sherwood Trust Community Leadership Class with support from many other community organizations…

Mill Creek Recreation Trail

This path is a great in-town opportunity to get the whole family outside. Playgrounds, bathrooms, benches, and a paved route with multiple access points make it accessible for all. Add in the chance to see wildlife, the flow of Mill Creek, and the scenic Blue Mountains as a back drop--this trail checks off most of the wish list. Speaking of, wish the trail kept going? It does! Join the Bennington Trail system via the Kingfisher…

Murr Sports Park

Enjoy a stroll around Murr Sports Park near Walla Walla High School. This park offers a nice paved path to learn to ride a bike or walk a puppy dog or two. With benches evenly spaced around the loop, everyone in the family can recreate within their comfort zone. Relax to the sound of Yellowhawk Creek. Catch a softball, baseball, or soccer game. This community gem should definitely top the after dinner walk list.

Pioneer Park

As Walla Walla's first park, Pioneer Park continues to provide many opportunities for the community to play outside. With a large playground and many sports fields, as you would expect, this park offers so much more. Walk under canopy of several state record holding trees on paved paths winding through the park, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses at the Memorial Rose Garden. The newly remodeled Pioneer Park Aviary is also a…

Portage Route Trail

Located near Plymouth Park, the Portage Route Trail follows the Washington shoreline of the Columbia River. This trail highlights all forms of transportation and industry. Bound by the railroad to the north, McNary Dam to the east, its lock to the south, and passing under I-82 to start the journey, this isn't your typical trail.

Touchet River Levee Trail

Take a stroll along the Touchet River in historic Dayton, Washington. This path checks several boxes on anyone's recreation wish list. It is family friendly, easy to access, near playgrounds, features art, and hugs the river. Another great perk of this path is that it connects to Main Street, so grab a bite and get shopping. Please take note, the property owners who allow public access on their land make this trail possible.

West Whitman Drive Path

Thanks to an easement granted by Walla Walla University as well as community support, Walla Walla County was able to secure funding to build this multi-use path along West Whitman Drive. This path provides safe recreation along a narrow country road for cyclist, joggers, and walkers. If your timing is right, you can watch small aircraft take off and land from Martin Air Field.

Whitman College Campus Sculpture Walking Tour

Whitman College is a gorgeous campus located in the heart of Walla Walla. It is home to many treasures, including Cordiner Hall, where the oldest continually-operating symphony orchestra west of the Mississippi performs. In addition to events, art shows, and great cafeteria food, Whitman College also houses many unique and interesting sculptures.

Whitman Mission National Historic Site

At the edge of town lies a plethora of history. Walk the grounds of Whitman Mission and follow the Oregon Trail. Interpretive displays are spread throughout the premises as are benches, so take a moment and enjoy the natural landscape and wildlife. Two walking paths give you plenty of space to roam. Where else can you stroll along the Oregon Trail and actually see where the wagon wheels once rolled?