Clark County is blessed with some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in all of the northwest; from mountains and rolling hillsides to lakes, streams and rivers.
While there are many ways to experience Clark County’s natural beauty, there are none so expansive or accessible as the Lewis and Clark Regional Trail, which is in the initial planning stages of the project. The trail will begin in Stiegerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, travel west along the Columbia River through Vancouver’s new waterfront development, past the Port of Vancouver and into the rural areas of northern Clark County, ending in Paradise Point State Park.
The concept plan for this 50 mile stretch of trail, which was created with the assistance of a National Park Service technical grant award, is currently expected to be complete by May 2020. With guidance and support from NPS, Public Works will continue to work closely with an assortment of stakeholders to plan this regional trail which will approximately parallel the water route the Corps of Discovery, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, traveled more than 200 years ago.
The Lewis and Clark Regional Trail will tie into existing pieces of waterfront trails and others stretching deeper into cities. Planning for this project will also include considerations for parking areas, water access locations, interpretive signage, historical art and rest areas.
While the sightseeing opportunities will be great, this trail will also support various kinds of modalities such as hikers, runners, and cyclists, that wish to experience Clark County. Equestrians will also be able to enjoy segments of the trail. It will connect with our regional neighbors, strengthening our partnerships, and will boost the local economy by promoting tourism and supporting local restaurants and business along its path.
From two federal wildlife refuges to the urban vitality of the new waterfront development, the Lewis and Clark Regional Trail will bring our communities together by sharing in the natural wonder and extensive history that makes up our amazing county.
Watch these videos for additional information on this project
Introduction to the Lewis and Clark Regional Trail
The Planning Process
The Trail Route