Purchase supplies, fish the Lewis River, or learn about lilacs in southern Washington.
Just north of the Oregon border, Woodland offers quick-and-easy access to all sorts of outdoor activities, from the scenic Columbia River Gorge to towering Mount Saint Helens. It's right on the Lewis River, making it an attractive spot for anglers, and there are plenty of spots to pick up groceries and supplies if you happen to be passing through on your way to a camping trip. Woodland also has a lovely outdoor attraction of its own—the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, which feature an old farmhouse and nearly 100 types of lilacs.
Cowlitz County Lakes
Woodland is near some pretty spectacular lakes. Two of the largest are Lake Merwin and Yale Lake, both of which are popular spots to camp, hike, and swim.
The Columbia Gorge
Straddling the Columbia River, which divides Oregon and Washington, the Columbia Gorge is famous for its scenic outlooks and ample hiking opportunities. The Oregon side in particular is known for its waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls, one of the tallest year-round falls in the country.
Mount Saint Helens and Around
Known for its devastating eruption in 1980, Mount Saint Helens draws visitors interested in natural history and geology, as well as hiking enthusiasts. It's also home to the Ape Cave, the longest continuous lava tube in the lower 48.
It rarely gets too cold or too hot in Woodland, Washington, though it can get pretty rainy. Finding yourself in a downpour is possible even in the relatively dry summer months, whereas if you spend any significant amount of time in the area from mid-autumn through spring, rain is practically inevitable. If you are planning to camp, you’ll have the warmest, driest days and nights in July and August; June and September are close runners up.