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Volcano Country Region
Brooks Memorial State Park
Brooks Memorial State Park © Vitaliy Kondor
Brooks Memorial State Park © Vitaliy Kondor
Brooks Memorial State Park © Vitaliy Kondor
Brooks Memorial State Park © Vitaliy Kondor
Brooks Memorial State Park © Vitaliy Kondor
Brooks Memorial State Park © Vitaliy Kondor
Brooks Memorial State Park © Vitaliy Kondor
Brooks Memorial State Park is a 700-acre, year-round camping park located between the barren hills of the south Yakima Valley and the lodgepole pine forests of the Simcoe Mountains. The park provides a variety of natural environments for visitors to enjoy. Over nine miles of hiking trails lead along the Little Klickitat River and up through Ponderosa and Oregon Pine forests. At the top are open mountain meadows with a panoramic view of Mount Hood. Visitors may see deer, beaver dams, squirrels, spring wildflowers and a variety of birds.

Park hours/updates:

Brooks Memorial is only open April 1-Oct. 31. For camping reservations must be made May 15-Sept. 15.

Water is available in hookup sites from mid-April to late October.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife ? Badgers? Bears? Bobcats? Chipmunks? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Rabbits? Raccoons? Skunks? Squirrels? Chukars? Crows or Ravens? Ducks? Eagles? Grouse? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Jays? Owls? Pheasants? Quail? Snipes? Turkeys? Woodpeckers? Wrens? Trout

Environmental Features

? Douglas Fir? Ponderosa Pine? Alder? Apple? Birch? Oak? Foxglove? Lupines? Paintbrush? Berries? Thistle? Poison Oak The park shows some evidence of early Native American activity. The Yakima Indian Nation is located two miles north of the park.

History of the Area
Acquired in six parcels between 1944 and 1957, Brooks Memorial State Park is named for and dedicated to area citizen Nelson B. Brooks, who is credited with establishing an excellent community road system.
The park has 22 tent spaces, 23 utility spaces, one dump station, one restroom and two showers. Hookup sites are sites 1 through 23. Tent sites are sites 24 through 45. There is a limit of eight people permitted per site. Maximum site length is 30 feet (may have limited availability).

Campers must self-register within 30 minutes of occupying a site. A self-pay station is located across from the restroom. An extra fee is charged for more than one car and more than four adults per tent/hookup site.

Arriving campers may enter until 10 p.m.

Electrical sites have 50-amp hookups. Water is available in hookup sites from mid-April to late October.

All campsites are first-come, first-served.

Group Accommodations:

The park provides a group camp that accommodates a maximum of six motorhomes and 20 to 50 people. The camp has a fire ring, picnic tables, two pit toilets, water and a volleyball net. The camp is open year-round with limited facilities in winter. Fees vary with size of the group. To reserve, call the park office at (509) 773-4611.

Brooks Memorial State Park is

Two kitchen shelters with picnic tables, sinks and electricity are available first-come, first-served. There is a restroom.
Nature Programs
The park features a monument to the Honorable Nelson B. Brooks. Nature talks are given to groups at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) upon request. Tours and programs may be arranged through park rangers. Call the park at 509-773-4611 for more information.
Area Attractions
Activities? 9 mi. Hiking Trails? 9 mi. Bike Trails? Fishing (freshwater)? Bird Watching? 2 Horseshoe pits? Mountain Biking? 1 Softball Field? Wildlife Viewing

A ball field and a swingset are in the park.

Hikers should bring a day-pack with first-aid supplies, map and compass and/or GPS. Please contact a ranger for hiking information.

Motorized activities are not permitted on trails. Metal-detector enthusiasts must report any evidence of Indian artifacts to a park ranger.

Activities close to the park include stargazing at the Goldendale Observatory, visiting the Maryhill Museum, viewing the replica of Stonehenge on SR 14 and driving the historic Columbia Highway in nearby Orgeon.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 23 What a Gem by MtnMan_65
Been coming here for over 60 years, used to run up and down the hills with my brothers. Great park with lots of trails and wild life. Super Rangers and hosts!
October 1 great stopover camp by The Stones
and the hosts were awesome. Stop here, meet them, and go home with serene memories. We were here in June & will return.
August 22 Peaceful and Relaxing by PSJ
We were very impressed with this campground. We found it very relaxing and enjoyed the wildlife on our walks.
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Nearby Hotels

Located 13 miles north of Goldendale, Wash., in the Simcoe Mountians.

From Yakima: Take Hwy. 97 out of Toppenish. Park is 40 miles south of Toppenish.

From Vancouver, WA: Take I-84 on the Orgeon side of the Columbia River. At Biggs, Orgeon, take Bigg's Bridge past Maryhill State Park, northbound onto Hwy. 97 to Goldendale. Brooks Memorial is on Hwy. 97, 13 miles north of Goldendale.


Washington State Parks