Attractions Near Carbon Country's Shady Rest

The Foothills Trail at Mount Rainier

General Information

Allow Children? Yes children are allowed

Allow Smoking? Yes smoking is allowed

Allow pets? Yes well behaved dogs are allowed

Is there Parking? Yes there is customer parking

Are there Handicap Facilities? Yes there are Handicap Facilities

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Rails to Trails Coalition address. P.O. Box 192 Puyallup, WA 98371-0021

Contact Pierce County Parks and Recreation

Name of Attraction = The Historical Foothills trail at Mount Rainier

Type of Attraction = Recreational, Biking, Walking, Skating and More

Directions = Access The Historic Foothills Trail immediately across the street from Carbon Country's Shady Rest Bed and Breakfast

Summary = A rail-trail is an abandoned rail bed used as a non-motorized public trail with transportation and recreation in mind. There are over 10,000 miles of rail-trail in the U.S. Some abandoned rail lines have been rail-banked, which keeps the corridor in one ownership. However, to assemble the Foothills Trail, each segment of trail was painstakingly purchased or, in some cases, donated to Pierce County. Federal and state grant funds are used to construct the trial segments into existing and ongoing Foothills Trail. Burlington Northern Railway abandoned the rail bed in 1982. The effort started in 1984, when a Buckley physician and a community visionary organized the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition to assist Pierce County Parks in building the trail. Despite roadblocks, construction of the trail is ongoing and thousands of users are already enjoying its benefits.


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