Castle Rock, WA

Travel Guide
Mount St. Helens

Experience the small-town charm and big personality of this picturesque place, nestled amid beautiful countryside and offering a wealth of outdoor fun.

Castle Rock is the ideal destination for those looking to get away from big-city bustle. Come to this serene town, which has only about 2,000 permanent residents. Fill your days with hikes along scenic trails and boat trips on tranquil bodies of water. In the evenings, return to peace and quiet in the town’s pretty historic center.

For an overview of this beautiful town, hike to the top of the rock that gave it its poetic name. This distinctive natural landmark, which resembles a castle, has helped guide travelers on their way through this area for centuries. Castle Rock’s official status as a town dates back to the late 19th century. It is in one of Washington State’s oldest territories.

Visit the Castle Rock Visitor Center to gain insight into the town’s past. Learn about the volcano Mount St. Helens, which wreaked havoc when it erupted in 1980. Today it is one of the area’s scenic highlights, as well as a protected area of geological interest. Find out more about this fascinating feature of the landscape at the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center.

Another way to get to know the volcano is by exploring the miles of hiking trails winding all around it. Join a guided hiking tour into the crater of the volcano itself, with a geologist leading the way. Head out by yourself on the gorgeous Hummocks Trail, which leads through forest and meadows and offers striking volcano views.

Follow the trail past Coldwater Lake, a perfect spot for a picnic in gorgeous surroundings, as well as a great location for boating. The still waters are clear and clean, ideal for outdoor swimming.

Drive to Castle Rock from Seattle in less than 2 hours or from Portland in an hour. Come in summer to see the surrounding hills brightly decorated with flowers or in winter to explore by ski instead of on foot.

OYO Hotel Chehalis I-5 South
OYO Hotel Chehalis I-5 South
2 out of 5
122 Interstate Avenue, Chehalis, WA
The price is $54 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Located in the heart of Chehalis, this motel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Riverside Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Newaukum Valley Golf Course and Providence ...
3.3/5 (421 reviews)
"Great clean room for the price."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

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Timberland Inn & Suites
Timberland Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
1271 Mt. St. Helens Way, Castle Rock, WA
The price is $110 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated in Castle Rock, this motel is 4.7 mi (7.5 km) from Seaquest State Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mount St. Helens Forest Learning Center and Cowlitz ...
3.7/5 Good! (295 reviews)
"Manager wasn't too happy about waking him up, property very quit, clean,and secure."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

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Quality Inn & Suites Longview Kelso
Quality Inn & Suites Longview Kelso
2.5 out of 5
723 7th Ave, Longview, WA
The price is $96 per night from Feb 13 to Feb 14
Situated in Longview, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Sacajawea Park and Cowlitz County ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (781 reviews)
"We were able to check in earlier than we planned. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Room was nice and breakfast was very good."

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Quality Inn & Suites Longview Kelso
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River View Apartment and Event Space
River View Apartment and Event Space
Kalama, WA
The price is $120 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
This family-friendly Kalama vacation home is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Columbia River and Louis Rasmussen Day Park. Three Rivers ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Cute apartment in a cute town
"Cute apartment with great location for checking out Mt. St. Helens area. Very friendly host. Plenty of room for our family of five. Kalama has some fun restaurants within walking distance as well."

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

River View Apartment and Event Space
Chehalis RV & Camping Resort
Chehalis RV & Camping Resort
2.5 out of 5
2228 Centralia Alpha Rd, Chehalis, WA
Situated in Chehalis, this cabin is 6.5 mi (10.5 km) from Newaukum Valley Golf Course and 10.8 mi (17.4 km) from Lewis & Clark State Park. Seminary Hill Natural ...
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A Cabin in the Woods
A Cabin in the Woods
Chehalis, WA
Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is 7.8 mi (12.5 km) from Rainbow Falls State Park and 11.8 mi (19 km) from Riverside Golf Course. Providence ...
5/5 Exceptional! (20 reviews)
Rural escape
"Simple, clean cabin. The Willipa Hills Trail is directly accessible from the property. The Willipa Hills trail is relatively flat, being an old rail road grade; it passes through miles and miles of farmland with lots of bridges along the way to peek over at various creeks and the Chehalis River. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

A Cabin in the Woods
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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