Pull off fast-paced Interstate 90, and step back to a slower time at Olmstead Place Historical State Park near Ellensburg.
In 1875, the pioneering Olmstead family homesteaded the land claim at the site of the current state park. They originally raised grain and beef cattle. The family switched from beef to dairy in 1892, producing butter for the Seattle market. Three generations of the family farmed this land over many decades. Donated to State Parks in 1968, Olmstead Place reflects farming history, with historic equipment, a 1908 hay barn and smaller barns, sheds and coops that date from the late-19th century on into recent times. A tour of the original cottonwood log cabin reveals fascinating historic furniture and artifacts.
Take a stroll through the beautiful heritage gardens, blooming with a profusion of flowers throughout the warm seasons. Meander down the Altapes Interpretive Trail, which lies along Coleman Creek. Check the online calendar for a schedule of interpretive activities.
Bring the kids and history lovers in your family for a prescheduled tour or just come on your own. Don't forget your picnic basket and camera, or even your easel. With its rustic buildings, country landscapes and colorful blooms, Olmstead Place is an artist's dream.
When you're ready to get back in the car, don't worry; the 21st century will still be out there.
Olmstead Place Historical State Park is a 221-acre day-use park on an original 1875 pioneer homestead only a few miles from Ellensburg.
PICNIC & DAY-USE FACILITIES
There are 17 unsheltered picnic tables in the park, along with a restroom.
1 mile of hiking trails
WATER ACTIVITIES & FEATURES
WINTER ACTIVITIES & FEATURES
OTHER ACTIVITIES & FEATURES