If you are driving from the Seattle metro area to the Ocean Beaches of Westport or Ocean Shores in the Olympic Peninsula…..as you are wont to do on occasion, I want to bring to your attention something new. The Twin Bridges County Park on the outskirts of Montesano and just off the freeway to the beaches.
HISTORY: Recently, our Grays Harbor County Commissioners discovered that the county actually owned this stretch of beauty that touches the Wynoochee River. One of the premier Salmon and Steelhead fishing rivers in the state.
They cleaned it up, put in a nice public kitchen area for picnics, and even went the extra mile to add bathrooms. There is a leash your dog rule. During the winter months it is porta potties for restroom facilities.
The park consists of a giant open area with excellent parking and walking trails that wind down to the river and gravel bars. A good place to stretch your legs, walk the dog and just sit on a stump and watch this magnificent river. During the winter it runs pretty wild, but in the summer months an excellent place to bring the kids and swim. No lifeguards so use common sense.
The park being new went through some glitches, and is now open year round. Thanks mostly to the work by local Commissioner Wes Cormier. There are plenty of little gas stations selling picnic food in town and I highly recommend the park as a place to stop. Bring your fishing pole!
Of note, directly the other side of the Twin bridges the park is named for and butts up against – is another little park called Sterling Landing with river access, ponds, nature trails and more. You won’t find either of these little gems on a map, chances are….you will have them all to yourself. No facilities at Sterling Landing, but more rustic and wild with no dog leash rule.
DIRECTIONS: Twin Bridges County Park -Take the Devonshire Exit as you go through Montesano, go south and immediately look for the park signs. For the Sterling landing area, just park to the right of the old railroad bridge on a one lane gravel road and follow the river to parking area.