Chamna Natural Preserve
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please do not solely rely on Google Maps as their route might not always reflect what is maintained.
- Your Public Lands
A mix of federal, state, county, city, and private lands.
Within 1.5 Hours
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
This area is free and open to the public. Consider making a donation to Tapteal Greenway.
Richland Parks and Recreation rules and trail etiquette apply.
There is a large, gravel parking lot and portable toilets.