This park is small but if you want a place that's not overly crowded, you can fish there and sometimes the fishing is really good, the park rangers are friendly and knowledgeable. We were fairly new to the area and were trying to hit the local places first and we've been by the sign to the entrance of the park on numerous occasions and thought we would just stop. The trails are natural and not obviously cleared out which we both like. We don't hike trails for distance but to enjoy the scenery so having the trees and foliage natural is a huge plus for us. As is true with most WA State Parks you'll need to purchase a Discover Pass - which is one of the best deals you can get if you do a lot of exploring in state parks in WA. We've been buying one every year and even if you only use it a few times, it's a great thing to be able to enter the park and not have to worry about paying to park.
There's lots to see and do there. There was a flute fest last weekend and it's my understanding it's one of the major flute fests in the country. It was very entertaining and informative to listen to the myriad of music including the drumming session which had everyone moving to the beat! Great job!!!!
So - Manchester State Park is a tiny diamond in a state that has probably more parks in it than just about any in the country but it's packed with planned and 'do what you want' activities. Don't miss it! You'll be the one missing out if you do.
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