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Brooks Memorial State Park is situated in south-central Washington 15 miles north of Goldendale, a city and county seat of Klickitat County. The 682-acre seasonal camping park is located just off Highway 97 in between the barren hills of the south Yakima Valley and the pine forests of the Simcoe Mountains.
The park was established between 1944 and 1957 and was named in honor of local resident Nelson B. Brooks, who is credited with developing a fantastic community road system. Book an RV in Klickitat County and plan a rustic retreat at Brooks Memorial State Park, where you'll be able to experience Washington’s stunning environments, epic views, and abundant wildlife.
Whether you plan to explore nature by foot, mountain bike, or horse, Brooks Memorial State Park is a sweet spot offering a variety of activities in diverse settings. The park features over nine miles of hiking and equestrian trails that will lead you along the Little Klickitat River and through the Ponderosa pine and Oregon white oak forests. As you gain elevation, you will find yourself in subalpine mountains meadows boasting panoramic views that include Mount Hood to the south.
Park your RV rental at Brooks Memorial State Park to have some fun playing at the park's softball field, volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoe pits or swing set. Recharge over a classic outdoor picnic at one of the park’s kitchen shelters, which are first-come, first-served and come equipped with picnic tables, sinks, and electricity.
Brooks Memorial State Park is also a great setting for wildlife viewing. Klickitat campers may see deer, beaver dams, squirrels, and a variety of birds, as well as colorful wildflowers during the spring. The Little Klickitat River is a beautiful sight to behold and offers opportunities for fishing. Although the park facilities are closed during the winter, the area is still a destination for visitors looking for snow recreation in Washington’s backcountry.
Camping in a rental motorhome at Brooks Memorial State Park is easy and convenient with 23 full-hookup sites as well as 22 standard campsites to choose from. The electrical sites have 50 amp hookups. If your RV rental is on the larger side just keep in mind, the maximum site length is 60 feet, and there is limited availability for the more spacious camping spots at this campground. The park provides basic amenities including a dump station, restroom, and several showers, and water is available in the hookup sites from mid-April to late October.
A limit of eight guests are permitted at the full-hookup and standard campsites, but if you’re planning to camp in an RV in Klickitat County with a larger amount of people, Brooks Memorial also provides a group camp that accommodates a maximum of six RVs and 20 to 50 people. There are no power outlets for RVs at the group camp, but it does include picnic tables and a fire ring, plus water and two pit toilets. Groups also have the option of renting the Brooks Memorial Retreat Center, which accommodates more than 70 people at its four 30 amp electric RV, trailer sites, and cabins clustered around a log lodge.
Before you continue your journey around Klickitat County, check out Brooks Memorial State Park's monument honoring Nelson B. Brooks, as well as the 27 species of butterflies sited at the park’s butterfly garden. You’ll have the option of arranging tours and programs through the park rangers, including nature talks given at the Environmental Learning Center. Gaze up at the stars from the comfort of your state park campsite, or drive your travel trailer just 20 minutes away to Goldendale Observatory State Park Heritage Site for some of the Pacific Northwest’s best starry night sky views.
After you soak up all the natural features of Brooks Memorial State Park and its neighboring state parks, save some energy during your motorhome camping trip to explore the many local cultural attractions, including viewing the nearby replica of Stonehenge replica on State Route 14. Art enthusiasts staying at Brooks Memorial will be able to visit the eclectic collections at the Maryhill Museum of Art, a venue located close by on a bluff overlooking the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge.
One of the myriad ways to fuel up on food and drinks on your Washington vacation is to crank up your motorhome rental from Klickitat and cruise around sampling from the orchards and wineries of the majestic eastern Columbia River area and Yakima Valley. Discover all the urban delights of the city of Goldendale, then continue making some great road trip memories by driving the historic Columbia Highway in nearby Oregon.