Walla Walla is a place where you find not only fresh air, but a fresh perspective. With rolling hills, miles of trails, plenty of sunshine and the many waters that give the region its name, Walla Walla is the region’s hub for all things outside. A great resource for finding various outdoor recreation opportunities in the Walla Walla Valley is the Blue Mountain Land Trust. Click here to explore their site.
With rolling trails offering scenic views, Walla Walla has a number of low intensity trails close to town and more challenging trails nearby that make for a great day trip. A directory of local trails can be found on the Hiking Trails Project and more challenging, harder to reach hikes can be found at the Washington Trails Association.
Beloved for the rural farm roads that meander through rolling wheat fields, Walla Walla is celebrated as Washington’s top road cycling destination. The nearby Blue Mountains offer experienced riders steep climbs and sharp turns to attack, while the flat lands and paved trails that run through Walla Walla’s historic neighborhoods and farmlands are perfect for when you just want to cruise. Start planning your route by downloading the Walla Walla Valley Cycling Map or City of Walla Walla Cycling Routes and Lanes. For more information you can also visit the Wheatland Wheelers Bicycle Club website. This local club provides riders with information and guidance on cycling in the Walla Walla Valley.
Walla Walla’s mild and dry climate makes it an ideal destination all year long to play a few rounds — especially for those who are interested in playing one of Washington’s best. Wine Valley Golf Club was ranked by Golf Magazine as #5 on their list of Best New Golf Courses in the country, while GolfWeek ranked it #2 for Courses You Can Play in Washington. Veterans Memorial Golf Course, Touchet Valley Golf Course, and the Milton-Freewater Golf Course are all within an hour drive of Walla Walla and offer a wide range of golf course styles, amenities and challenges to choose from.
Fort Walla Walla Park gives bikers and skaters of all ages a place to show off their skills. The pro-style BMX track is host to competitions throughout the year, while the nearby skateboard park is the perfect place to dial in a new trick. At the Mill Creek Sportsplex you can test your skills on a skatepark designed by the renowned Oregon-based Dreamland Skateparks.
During the annual spring and fall migrations birders flock to Walla Walla to marvel at the more than 300 bird species that call the area home. The McNary Wildlife Refuge and Walla Walla River Delta are two of the best spots to get a glimpse of the migratory birds that return to Walla Walla each year after wintering in South America. The Blue Mountain Audubon Society is a great resource for local birding tips and planned tours. Click here for more information on birding in the Walla Walla Valley.
During the winter Walla Walla is a great basecamp for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and other winter adventures. Ski Bluewood, located 52 miles southeast of Walla Walla in the Blue Mountains, includes two triple chairlifts, a day lodge, 21 ski runs, and a half-pipe for snowboarders, along with ski and snowboard rentals and lessons. At Spout Springs, located across the border at Oregon’s Tollgate Mountain, you can enjoy night skiing and an extensive network of cross-country trails.
Although Walla Walla is known for its award-winning wine, there are plenty of things to see and do to keep the whole family busy. During the summer cheer on the Sweets, Walla Walla’s West Coast League baseball team. With a wide variety of local vendors, farmers and artisans offering produce, handmade crafts and more, the Walla Walla Farmers Market is a great place to take the family shopping for a meal or a souvenir.
If your family feels like playing, Walla Walla has 600 acres of public parks to explore, featuring 20 miles of hiking trails, state-of-the-art playgrounds, dog parks, disc golf, tennis courts, swimming at Jefferson Pool, the Splash Pad at Washington Park and more.
Fishing and Hunting
The name Walla Walla means place of “many waters”, so naturally the area is a rewarding hot spot for fishing, canoeing, and family water fun. The Columbia and Snake River systems and the lakes and streams of the Blue Mountains are teaming with trout, while the 52-acre Bennington Lake offers year-round angling, flat-water paddling, and areas for hunting.