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Description - Fort Simcoe State Park is a 200-acre, day-use heritage park in south central Washington on the Yakama Indian Nation Reservation. The park is primarily an interpretive effort, telling the story of mid-19th century army life and providing insights into the lifeways of local Native American culture. Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in an old oak grove watered by natural springs, Fort Simcoe was an 1850's-era military installation established to keep peace between the settlers and the Indians. Due to its unique historic significance, the park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June, 1974. Before the fort era, the site was an Indian campground where many trails crossed.

Attractions - Fort Simcoe State Park is a day-use heritage park that offers 52 picnic sites, eight outdoor braziers, a picnic shelter, 10 historic buildings, an interpretive center, a one-half mile of hiking trail, interpretive displays in officers' houses, and playground equipment.There is a group camp that can accommodate up to 50 guests and 6 RV's. This camp overlooks the fort and parade ground.

Recreation - Activities include picnicking, interpretation, hiking, and playground equipment for children. There is a group camp that can accommodate up to 50 guests and 6 RV's. This camp overlooks the fort and parade ground.

Climate - The climate of Washington varies within each region. The Cascades split the state and alter the weather patterns. The terrain east of the mountains, which includes Fort Simcoe State Park, receives approximately 12 inches of rainfall per year, generally much less than west of the mountains. Since the area east of the mountains is landlocked, temperatures in this region are lower during the winter months. Frequent winds coming down from the mountains also contribute to the low temperatures of eastern Washington.

Location - Fort Simcoe State Park, in south central Washington, is located 30 miles west of Toppenish in Yakima County.


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Filed By: Carl Cramer
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Filed By: Carl Cramer
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
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Filed By: Carl Cramer (Yakima, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I just made reservations at the day use section of the park. I pass it and stopp a couple of times a week on service calls for my employer. I have always thought that it is a beautiful park. I stop to eat my lunch sometimes. It was an Army Fort at one time. The interpretive center alone is worth stop. Yakima has wonderful places to eat and the wine country tours are great.


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Contact Information:
Fort Simcoe State Park, 5150 Ft. Simcoe Rd. , White Swan, WA, 98952, Phone: 509-874-2372

Additional Information:
Washington State Parks - Washington has 149 state parks located around the state.
Washington's Historic Sites -
Wine Country - As you cross the mountains from the west on your way to Wine Country, you emerge from the forest into the naked sun and dry, rippling hills of the Yakima Valley. Stretched out ahead, the Saddle Mountains wear little foliage and the bones of the earth are suddenly visible.

Links:
Washington State Parks - Official Agency Website

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