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The Apple Capital Loop Trail is a scenic-waterfront 11-mile paved loop trail for pedestrians, cyclists, skaters, and others. This scenic trail can be entered or exited from Riverwalk Crossing Pedestrian Overpass, located in the heart of Downtown Wenatchee. There are plenty of free public parking lots at several locations on both sides of the river. The Apple Capital Loop Trail crosses the Columbia at the north and south ends of Wenatchee and is lighted until midnight on the West side.
Park hours are dawn to dusk unless otherwise posted.
Saddlerock: This Wenatchee landmark has a vertical climb of approximately 1,000 feet. The view from the top will show you why it’s one of the most popular hikes in The Wenatchee Valley.
Wenatchee Foothills: With miles of trails and so close to town, this is an area held dear to the hearts of visitors and locals alike. For more detailed information on hiking opportunities in the Wenatchee Valley: www.wenatcheeoutdoors.org
Central Washington Hikes within an hour’s drive of the Wenatchee Valley
The Chelan County PUD owns and operates some very beautiful parks and playgrounds. They are positioned on the Columbia River and offer a variety of activities for your recreation needs. Visit www.chelanpud.org
The Cities Of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee offer some great parks and playgrounds. Wenatchee owns and operates over 465 acres of park and open space areas. Click here to download an 8 1/2 x 14 City Park Guide. East Wenatchee operates Eastmont Parks & Recreation. To access their park information Click here
|STATE PARK LOCATIONS|
|Wenatchee Riverfront Park||City of Wenatchee||509-667-4208|
|Walla Walla Point Park (playground equipment)||City of Wenatchee||509-667-4208|
|Wenatchee Confluence State Park||Wenatchee||360-902-8844|
|Confluence Camping Reservations||888-226-7688|
|Turtle Rock Island||1/2 mile upriver from Lincoln Rock State Park||Reserved Site|
|Lincoln Rock State Park||7 miles north of East Wenatchee, Hwy 2||360-902-8844|
|Lincoln Rock Camping Reservations||888-226-7688|
|Orondo River Park||3 miles upriver from Orondo, Hwy 97||509-884-4700|
|Daroga State Park||8 miles upriver from Orondo, Hwy 97||509-664-6380|
|Beebe Bridge Park||21 miles north of Orondo, Hwy 97||509-667-4208|
|Chelan Falls Park||Community of Chelan Falls||509-667-4208|
|Entiat Park||City of Entiat, Hwy 97A||509-784-1500|
|Entiat Camping Reservation||800-736-8428|
|Rock Island Hydro Park||2 miles south of East Wenatchee, Hwy 28||509-667-4208|
|Rocky Reach Dam||7 miles north of Wenatchee, Hwy 97A||509-667-4206|
|Chelan Riverwalk Park||Chelan River, City of Chelan||509-667-4208|
|Manson Bay Park||Downtown Manson||509-687-9635|
|Old Mill Park||2 miles east of Manson||509-687-9635|
Yes, we have one of those.
Since the mid-1990’s LWSC has experienced most of its growth and success in the establishment of world class Nordic skiing. We currently maintain 26km of trails at 4 locations in the valley – the Icicle River Trails, Golf Course Trails, Waterfront Trails and the Ski Hill.
In 2003 and 2004 we completed the construction of a new Nordic Jumping Facility at the Ski Hill, a 3km Nordic Trail expansion at the Ski Hill and purchased a new Bombardier 180 xc grooming machine.
We currently employ over 45 seasonal employees but are completely reliant and grateful for the many hours of volunteer time it takes to operate the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club during the year. Visit Leavenworth Ski Heritage to learn more about the rich ski history of Leavenworth.
As the sun pushes back the clouds, the adventure begins at Mission Ridge, in the heart of Washington State where the jagged peaks of the Cascade Range meet the high rugged desert of Eastern Washington. Operating on 2,000 acres and offering 2,250 vertical feet and the highest base area in the state the parking lot is a short 12 miles drive south of Wenatchee. A volcanic past has created a ridge where - peaks shimmer on one side and the Columbia River rolls majestically through Eastern Washington on the other. But don’t let the view distract you; Mission Ridge has over 2000 acres to explore. Carve tree lined groomers, float through wide-open bowls, wiggle through glades, or scream down narrow chutes. Experience the difference – the sunshine, the powder, the food and the fun – the memories last a lifetime.
For other snow options:
The hills and valleys of our area are brimming with fun winter activities. From groomed Nordic trails and tubing around Leavenworth to snowshoeing or snowmobiling and cross country skiing on wooded forest roads to backcountry skiing or ice climbing among epic peaks, there are adventures for all skill levels within just a few minutes of the city.
Welcome to one of Wenatchee’s most unique downtown destinations! Pybus Public Market opened for business in late spring of 2013 and is bursting with high quality selections of artisan and ethnic products, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Washington wines and freshly-made, prepared foods. You’re sure to enjoy shopping the independent merchants of the market.
The space also serves as an important community gathering point, along with supporting the over 150 family farms who will use the outdoor space as home for their local farmers market. A key component of the market is to provide local food distribution centers with fresh produce unsold during the daily markets.
Pybus Public Market is located just two blocks east of historic downtown Wenatchee at the convergence of the Apple Capital Loop Trail, iconic Riverfront Park and Orondo Boat Basin.
Rocky Reach Dam Museum and Visitor Center is located on the west side of Rocky Reach Dam. The center is easily accessible from Highway 97A and offers ample parking for visitors, including recreational vehicles and buses.
Those touring the facility will discover a museum, a cafe, balconies that offer panoramic views of the dam and grounds, the juvenile fish bypass system, the reservoir (Lake Entiat) and the Columbia River. A 90-seat theater shows movies throughout the day and upon request. Guided tours are available by appointment
Rocky Reach Dam is not only a primary source of valuable electricity for North Central Washington-it’s a great place to visit. Watch salmon and steelhead make their upstream migration through the windows in the fish ladder viewing room. Tour the museum exhibits or enjoy a picnic on the 30 acres of carefully manicured lawns and gardens.
The Rocky Reach Visitor Center is open March 1 thru October 31 each year, from 9 A.M. – 4 P.M. daily.
The Museum of the Columbia is open March 1 thru October 31 each year, from 9 A.M. -3:30 P.M. daily.
Come visit the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Markets in Wenatchee, Washington. You’ll find the freshest fruit and vegetables. Most produce has been harvested within twenty-four hours of your visit and hasn’t traveled for more than a few miles.
All fruit and vegetables have been grown in the Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Kittitas Counties. Our farmers undergo a Farm Inspection before they’re permitted to vend in any of the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Markets, ensuring that you’re truly supporting local farmers.
When you shop at a Farmers Market you support:
Wenatchee Valley Mall is a renovated and expanded regional mall serving 150,000 people in North Central Washington. Offering over 40 specialty stores and anchored by Macys Department Store, Ross Dress for Less and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Store openings scheduled in late 2013 and early 2014 include Sears Hometown, Marshall’s and Sportsman’s Warehouse. Adjacent to the enclosed mall is Food Pavilion supermarket, Shari’s Restaurant, Olive Garden, and additional exterior shop space.
Tour hours are: April– December from 8:00 to 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday and 10:00 a.m to 4 p.m, Saturday and Sunday; January – March 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. For more information, visit www.libertyorchards.com
Art on the Avenues operates “To provide our communities with sustainable, innovative, and educational programs through the exhibition and sale of sculpture”. Currently featured are 85 sculptures throughout Wenatchee conveniently located to provide a walking tour opportunity for our community.
Art on the Avenues relies on community support. Tax-deductable donations can be mailed to Art on the Avenues PO Box 3325 Wenatchee, WA 98807. If you would like to contribute to their endowment , please contact the Community Foundation of North Central Washington by calling 509.663.7716. To purchase a sculpture please contact us by calling 509.662.0059
Boating on the Columbia River is always a great way to cool off on a hot sunny day. No matter if it’s a classic Chris Craft or a born-to run Bayliner the water is the place to be. Fishing, jet skiing or water skiing are all high on the list of fabulous outdoor adventures.
Convenient in-town boat launches are located throughout the area including those listed below – click to see map and details
Columbia River Boat Rental or 509.264.5673
Riverside Recreation -Jetski & Boat rentals or 509.670-6457
Paddling on the Columbia River can range from calm protected water in the estuary at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers to the moving water of the Columbia River. Depending on the season and weather you might see deer, eagles, herons, osprey and salmon while paddling.
Note: there is some current from both the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers as well as the potential for swiftly rising water levels from water being discharged upriver at Rocky Reach Dam that could be potentially hazardous to novice paddlers.
Osprey Rafting has stand up PaddleBoard Rental at Wall Walla Point Park (in season) and Kayak rentals
iLa Yoga offers guided estuary PaddleBoarding and Yoga SUP (in season)
Arlberg Sports – Stand Up PaddleBoard Rental (easier to call 509.663.7401 for info)
Eastmont Parks and Recreation in East Wenatchee consists of multiple parks with each offering a variety of options for its guests. Eastmont Community Park comprises 26 acres, a baseball 4-plex, soccer field, football, restrooms, picnic shelters, BBQ’s, horseshoe pits, radio control car racing, and an Aquatic Center operated by the YMCA. It is the host site for the East Wenatchee Events annual Classy Chassis Car Show & Parade, the Wings and Wheels Festival and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Eastmont Parks and Recreation’s Wag n’ Tail Dog day is held at Eastmont Community Park. Tedford Park comprises 11 acres, a baseball field, disc golf course, restroom and lots of shade trees. Kenroy Park’s 5 acres includes an inclusive playground, small skate park, and picnic shelters. Pangborn/Herndon Memorial Park is half of an acre that overlooks the Wenatchee Valley.
Youth activities are abundant: Eastmont Youth baseball, Babe Ruth, boys and girls basketball leagues, camps and tournament, soccer league and soccer camps, volleyball leagues, football leagues, tennis camps, golf camps, summer day camps, art classes and cheerleading camp.
Adult activities available: Co-ed volleyball, tennis program, men’s basketball league and men’s soccer.
Once a pear orchard belonging to the Horan family at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, this 100-acre parcel has been converted into a manmade wetlands preserve. Eagles, Owls, Herons and Kingfishers make this bird-watchers’ paradise. Otters play in the waters visible from several of the 15 viewing stations dotting the two miles of gravel trail winding through cottonwoods and willows.
Discover Pass Required.
Liberty Cinemas located in Historic Downtown Wenatchee
The Wenatchee River is one of the best whitewater rivers on the West Coast. Enjoy it with a professional guide in the spring or tube lazily in late summer.
Wenatchee River rafting specialists spend most of their rafting season on the Wenatchee river giving you the first class rafting experience you are looking for. Whether you begin your experience in the class IV waters or start things off in the class III waters your trip is sure to be a memorable one. Have fun hitting the big rapids and floating through the beautiful scenery the Wenatchee River creates.
Osprey Rafting Offering 6 trip packages as well as the opportunity to customize a white water adventure whether it’s foam or float you are after.
River Recreation Offering 7 different rivers throughout Washington State that are absolutely awesome. Come check out the Wenatchee Skykomish, Methow, Tieton, Nooksack, Skagit, or Green River with the most professional, safety minded and best trained guides in the state of Washington.
Alpine Adventures Offering Whitewater Trips, Family Floats, Stand-up Paddle-boarding, and Inflatable Kayak Trips.
Steam pours from the smokestack of this magical miniature railroad during holidays and special events every summer. Children and adults alike climb aboard to enjoy a ride around the rails in Riverfront Park . The depot is accessible from downtown Wenatchee by way of a short stroll over Riverwalk Crossing located at the Stanley Civic Center.
Smallwood’s Harvest is open Year-Round with fresh fruit and vegetables in season. There is also a petting zoo, train rides, or mazes.
Great Family Activity and chance to go back to how it is.
Closed for the season but will reopen in June of 2014 with cherries. Hours 9am-6pm Daily
What they grow and offer – dates will follow:
Dates are all subject to change as the weather and growing conditions change.
No pets please
Stutzman Ranch Farm Stand is open daily June through October for U-Pick Fruit in season. Every Sunday in October there is a Pumpkin Cannon.
Wenatchee Irish Dance is an active part of the Wenatchee Valley with a dedicated group of dancers that keeps this traditional dance form alive through national and regional competitions and local performances in our community. Wenatchee Irish Dance is associated with the An Daire Academy of Irish Dance in Portland, OR, receiving instruction from our wonderful local teacher, former award winning students, and world class certified instructors.
Wenatchee Irish Dance is passing this traditional dance form onto a new generation of dancers. Students ages 6 to 50+ are improving their skills in both hard and soft shoe dances and having fun too!
Wenatchee Valley Area Parks
Centennial Park – 130 South Wenatchee Avenue. Centennial Park was acquired in 1992. The 1 acre park has a stage, benches, and restrooms.
Chase Park - 145 South Delaware Street. Mable Chase donated her property for the .52 acre park in 1909. It has a picnic area and play equipment.
Community Center – 504 South Chelan Avenue. The Community Center provides a variety of services, programs, and rental facilities.
Lincoln Park – 1410 Mission Street. Lincoln Park was acquired in 1958. The 22 acre park features: Athletic fields, picnic shelter, children’s play equipment, and a stage.
Locomotive Park – 1100 South Wenatchee Avenue. The 15 acre park was acquired by the city in 1951. It features a historical locomotive display.
Memorial Park – 2 South Chelan Avenue. Memorial Park was acquired in 1892, 1922, and 1929. The 3.8 acre park contains historical displays and a fountain.
Kiwanis Methow Park – 420 Methow Street. The park is 1.26 acres and features: A wading pool, picnic shelter, barbeque, play equipment, U-6 soccer field, and basketball court.
Pennsylvania Park – 219 Pennsylvania Avenue. The park was acquired in 1924. It is 1.02 acre park that features a multi-use field, wading pool, and play equipment.
Pioneer Park – 220 Fuller Street. Pioneer Park was acquired in 1908 and 1919. The 7 acre park features a skate park, picnic area, play equipment, outdoor 50 meter swimming pool.
Rainbow Park - 1411 North Wenatchee Avenue. Rainbow Park was acquired in 1999. It is a small grassy area adjacent to Wenatchee Avenue near Maiden Lane
Rotary Park – 1810 Maple Street. The park was acquired in 1997. The 8 acre park features: disc golf course, basketball court, picnic shelters, walking trail, play equipment, and splash pad.
Saddle Rock – End of Circle Street. The 325 acre natural area was acquired in 2010 from a private donation. It features habitat areas and non-motorized access trails.
Skyline Drive Outlook – 1536 Skyline Drive. The overlook was added to the park system in 2010. It features a panoramic view of Wenatchee Valley.
Washington Park – 110 South Miller Street. Washington Park was acquired ion 1946. The 4.12 acre park features a picnic shelter, wading pool, grassy areas, and play equipment.
Wenatchi Park – 1401 McKittrick Street. Wenatchi Park was acquired in 1992. The 10 acre park is adjacent to Foothills Middle School. It is used primarily for field sports and open play.
Western Hills Park – 900 Westwood Drive. Western Hills Park was acquired in 1992. The 5 acre site is located behind John Newberry Elementary School and features a multi-use field.