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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

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Well worth a visit

On your drive alongside the mighty Columbia River, make sure to stop here for an interpretation of... read more

Reviewed April 20, 2018
RonCentralCA
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Capitola, California
Intetesting!

There are petroglyphs behind the Interpretative Center. We mainly came for these and are satisfied... read more

Reviewed April 14, 2018
Helen C
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A 16-million year old forest of petrified wood.
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+1 509-856-2700
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Reviewed July 6, 2018

We stop here a couple times per year. The museum is fascinating, outdoor exhibits well done. Don’t miss the petroglyphs they are so incredible. History of the forest is very informative View is beautiful and there are trails in the area. Children love this stopover....More

2  Thank KatieZozo
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

I hadn’t been since I was a teenager, now taking my kids here. It’s more beautiful and windy than I remembered. The water at the swimming area is just as cold but needed when it’s 90+ degrees. The scenery along the Columbia River is remarkable...More

Thank Kim S
Reviewed June 9, 2018

The Interpretative Visitor Center is interesting and provides good information -- we would give it a "3" on its own. But the actual petrified forest trail is disappointing and we would give it a "1" so we averaged the two for this rating. Even my...More

1  Thank RamblingRoses
Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

We stopped by the museum first and spoke with the ranger. She gave us the history of the area and how the trees got petrified so quickly that the cellular structures are still visible. After that we drove to the interpretative trail to see the...More

Thank Aolisi
Reviewed April 20, 2018

On your drive alongside the mighty Columbia River, make sure to stop here for an interpretation of the area. Worth it. And a nice break from your elongated drive.

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

There are petroglyphs behind the Interpretative Center. We mainly came for these and are satisfied. On display is a good variety of tree species that have been fossilized. The center has has a few videos the attendant can play for you, just ask. We saw...More

Thank Helen C
Reviewed October 11, 2017

This is an interesting place; most people have no idea that the dry sage-steppe hills were once covered with large trees that have fossilized. This was probably prior to the formation of the Cascade Range caused by colliding tectonic plates.The petrified wood logs are 2.5-3...More

Thank scoleman2017
Reviewed October 7, 2017

We were driving back home from our trip to the North Cascades and I noticed the sign for this on the side of the road and we decided it would be fun to see some petrified logs. We didn't have much time, since we had...More

Thank Jade M
Reviewed September 12, 2017 via mobile

Been passing by for over 10 yrs and decided on this vacation we were stopping.We started with the hike and saw the displays on the way down! One of our best times. There is also a picnic table with shade. Beautiful scenery all around without...More

1  Thank apike01
Reviewed August 28, 2017

We didn't visit the Petrified forest on this trip, but stayed in the Wanapum Campground that is part of this park. It is one of our favorite campground, well maintained, with spacious sites, great river access, and wide vistas. The only drawback (which we sort...More

1  Thank Paul B
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hill3569
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Response from Jonas L | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, did not see this before. No I do not believe there is s facility with running water open to the public at Ginkgo. But down by the Columbia River, which is not far at all, there likely are.
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