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Once used for grazing and farming, this 276 acre park located along the Yakima River offers plenty of space for multiple recreation opportunities. Walk, trial run, bike, bird watch, or ride horseback on over 11 miles of meandering trails through riparian and wetland habitat. As part of the 30 mile Tapteal Trail, use Chamna Natural Preserve as a start or end point to a longer adventure.

Please do not solely rely on Google Maps as their route might not always reflect what is maintained.

  • Distance:

    Within 1.5 Hours

  • Difficulty Level:

    Day Tripper

  • Seasons:

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

  • Elevation:

    350 feet

  • Pets:

    Yes

  • Reservations:

    N/A

  • ADA:

    No

  • Multi-Use:

    Yes

  • Motorized Vehicles :

    No

  • Your Public Lands

    A mix of federal, state, county, city, and private lands.

  • What To Do
    • Hiking / Walking Path / Biking

      Similar to Bennington Lake in Walla Walla, explore a network of short trails along the Yakima River. The weather differs greatly between Tri-Cities and Walla Walla. If you aren't in the mood for snow, then often a short commute paired with big city errands make for a fun-filled day. As an added bonus, there are a few jumps near the parking area for those looking to catch a little air before riding down the trail.

    • Paddleboarding/ Kayaking

      Cool off with a trip along the Tapteal Water Trail. Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the dessert from the perspective of the river. Pelicans are abundant and the attractions are numerous. With over 30 river miles to explore, this is certainly a repeat activity throughout the changing seasons.

    • Cross Country Skiing/ Snowshoeing

      When the snow season arrives grab the skis or snowshoes and head back to Chamna Natural Preserve for yet another way to recreate. The flat landscape makes the area great for all abilities and ages. While the snow doesn't stick around for too long in this part of the state, winter recreation under the bright, sunny skies of eastern Washington are worth the wait.

  • How To Get There

    Please do not solely rely on Google Maps as their route might not always reflect what is maintained. From Walla Walla, head west on HWY 12 for 30 miles to Wallula Junction and turn right to stay on HWY 12. Continue another 25 miles and take exit 5B for George Washington Way. Turn left at the traffic signal for Aaron Drive. Another hard left keeps you on Aaron Drive. After roughly half a mile turn left on Jadwin Avenue. Cross over the highway and turn right on Carrier Road. Take a right to keep on Carrier Road, you will see a sign for Chamna Natural Preserve. Continue about a half mile and the parking lot is on your left.

  • When To Go

    Chamna Natural Preserve is a true four season recreation area. Hike and bike in the spring and fall, although spring flooding may cover trails near to river. Kayak or paddleboard the Yakima River to beat the summer heat. Cross country ski and snowshoe in the winter to escape the Walla Walla Valley fog.

  • What To Expect

    Seven interconnected trails along flat terrain parallel the Yakima River. The Chamna Natural Preserve Map is easy to follow if you have a particular trail in mind; otherwise, wander at will as it is pretty hard to get lost between the river and the access road. The west end is mostly dry desert. If on two wheels, watch out for thorns. As you move further east, the desert transitions to wetland and riparian areas. This trail system is part of the Great Washington State Birding Trail Sun and Sage Loop so bring your binoculars and prepare to update your life list.

  • Fees

    This area is free and open to the public. Consider making a donation to Tapteal Greenway.

  • Permits

    None

  • Regulations

    Richland Parks and Recreation rules and trail etiquette apply.

  • Amenities

    There is a large, gravel parking lot and portable toilets.

  • Wildlife Awareness

    We are all so fortunate to recreate across southeast Washington and northeast Oregon. So many opportunities exist to play outside whether in a national forest, wilderness area, on a Wild and Scenic River, and more! With these opportunities comes great responsibility to appreciate that we are mere visitors and should all take pride in being good stewards of the wild. Many animals call these protected places home, including moose, elk, bear, cougar, bobcat, and snakes to name a few. Take precautions to respect their home and understand the appropriate response should an encounter occur. Additionally, many plant species thrive in the Blue Mountains, so staying on trail is always good practice. Carry First Aid supplies to better respond to accidents or encounters, and always let others know where the day's adventure is taking you.

  • Field Notes

    Navigation: Consider downloading the Avenza Map app. This app allows users to upload three maps (or unlimited with a subscription) to use offline. It can track your location offline and overlay GPS data from the phone onto the map. The vehicle use maps (for trails allowing motorized vehicles) are the easiest to use. Otherwise, Geo Tracker offers similar tracking capabilities and additional details about your adventure. If no service, Geo Tracker will at least show your location. The Blue Mountains and surrounding area offer a remote recreating experience, and knowing your location is paramount to staying safe. Always make sure to bring paper maps. Tell others where your adventure is taking you and when you expect to return.

    Difficulty Level: Here is what we are thinking when we assign a difficulty level: Day Tripper--You don't have much experience in the area but want to get outside! Great for families of all ages. Adventurer--You know your way around the Blue Mountains and love a leisurely day outdoors. Mountaineer--You are ready for a challenge. Wild places excite you and sweat is the goal. Small children beware. Keep in mind some activities may apply to multiple difficulty levels based on usage.

    Pets: In general, pets are allowed on a leash and under control throughout jurisdictions. The only restrictions we have encountered are around swimming areas. As a best practice, be mindful of riparian habitat in general. You never know where a precious spawning area might be located. Pack it in and pack it out applies to your furry friend as well.