Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park


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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park


Location:29 miles east of Ellensburg, on the Columbia River.
Facilities:50 utility campsites, picnic sites, shoreline, boat launch, museum, gift shop, interpretive center, hiking trails.
Activities:Camping, boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, hiking.
Special Features:Park was set aside as a historic preserve when remains of a fossil forest were unearthed during construction in the 1930s. Petrified wood from many different trees is common, but specimens of petrified Ginkgo are rare. Park is a National Natural Landmark, and is regarded as one of the most unusual fossil forests in the world.
Address:PO Box 1203
Vantage, WA 98950

Phone:509-856-2700
Web: www.parks.wa.gov/alpha.asp
Size: 7,470 acres.

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Their elegant leaves eventually fossilized in places like Washington's Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park.
But before you cross the river, turn off at Vantage and go north on the access road to Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park.