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Forks Lumber Mill Tour
Ranked #7 of 11 Tours in Forks
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

Do you want to see what logging is really like and how lumber is really processed. This tour is guided to logging sites and through a mill by people who have actually experienced what it's like to do this work. The scenery is great, the cost is great, and the experience is priceless.

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Reviewed August 18, 2012

The day we took the tour it was quite warm out and by the time we got to the Mill we were pretty tired. The tour starts at the Museum with 14 people piling into a van. The van is a work van and you feel kinda squished. It's at least a 45 minute ride up to the work site with half of it being a bumpy dirt road. The site is small and the yarder (the machinery that hauls the logs up to the landing) was not working so all we got to see was logs being put in the big trucks. Another 30 minutes back down to the Mill, which is also small and the only one that would allow the tour to take place there. You have to wear earplugs so I didn't hear a word the tour guide said. This particular guide was a retired logger so he knew his stuff. But in the van the people way in the back couldn't hear what he was saying because he wouldn't use the microphone. We got back to the museum about 3 1/2 hours from the start. Personally it was ok but I wouldn't do it again. I wouldn't think it would hold young kids' attention and you have to wait until you get to the Mill to use a restroom. With all that shaking around, it was difficult.

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Reviewed June 22, 2012

Only done on Wednesdays so we were unable to do it; especially disappointing in a lumber region.

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Reviewed May 4, 2012

Most retired folks don’t consider traveling to the Pacific Northwest on a vacation, as it is quite remote and can be very cold or wet. When I suggested a train trip to Washington to Pam, she balked at first, stating, “why would you want to go on a trip on a train?” Well that statement from her, since I had never hit the rails for a very long trip, sat the wheels in motion for a journey that neither of us had ever embarked on before. Because of the need to get there quick and easy on the airlines, we’ve always preferred to travel that way. I’ve never considered being a travel agent before, but searching for and finding train schedules, car rentals, hotels, logging tour busses and ferry routes made me realize how valuable those folks really are. I worked for two hours coordinating our trip and presented plans to Pam along with virtual tours of rail car interiors, hotel room pictures, scenic views along the way and the estimated cost involved with our journey. While we were to log many miles watching the scenery, she liked the concept of not having to drive and having a private room for travel comfort. Off we went in the middle of June to a great adventure that will be in our minds forever.

The first leg of the trip found us heading to San Luis Obispo to catch the train. After boarding the “big silver bullet” as we called it, our pilot took us thru some very beautiful places like Mt. Shasta, Klamath Falls, Chemult and Eugene. We got off the train in Olympia, Washington and took a cab to our hotel. The next morning, a rental car was obtained for the major leg of the trip to the Northwest part of Washington. The town of Forks was our ultimate destination and the most interesting part of the outing. Checking into the Dewdrop Inn was one of our best experiences. Now this is not a commercial ad for that facility, but the coffee in our room was superb, rooms and morning breakfast outstanding as well as the staff.

The city of Forks is situated on a broad prairie 14 miles from the ocean. About 5,000 folks live in the area where we found many wonderful restaurants. Near the south edge of town you'll find the visitor information center, the Forks Timber Museum and the Forks Loggers' Memorial with its 12 foot wood-carved logger. The complex offers gardens and forest paths that link to the University of Washington research facility. The Forks Timber Museum features an authentic fire lookout tower, a 9-foot cook stove from a logging camp and exhibits of pioneer and regional history. Free Logging and Mill Tours depart from the Forks Visitor Center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from May through September at 9:30am. Step aboard a real logging crew bus for a 2-3 hour tour of a mill, logging sites and a glimpse at the work of our nations' only Forestry Training Center.

Rialto Beach, north of the Quillayute River, is a drive-to beach and a beautiful spot to enjoy the surf and watch shorebirds, eagles and seals and also to spread out your lunch basket for a gourmet meal of local smoked Salmon, bagels with cream cheese. On the south side of the river in the Quileute Indian village of LaPush, is a mile-long crescent known for surfing- size waves and great whale watching with kayakers, surfers and seals often adding to the view. Second Beach, just east of LaPush, is popular with photographers and is reached by way of a .7 mile forested trail that leads to a 2-mile long sandy stretch of beach - watch for the eagle nest above the tree line. The Sol Duc Salmon Hatchery, 13 miles north of Forks, has interpretive displays, river access, picnic areas and a docent that has rodeoed with Cotton Rosser’s Flying U rodeo company extensively. The Hoh Rain Forest is a not-to-be-missed attraction on the West Side of the Olympic Peninsula with good picnic grounds nearby. Port Angeles was also visited on our return to Olympia to fill the ice chest with locally caught and smoked Salmon. After spending five days enjoying the area, we started our train trip back home to Orcutt Ranch with wonderful memories and many pictures of a great vacation in Washington State.

John Linder

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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Very informative and interesting place to spend getting to know the industry of the region.

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