Visiting Valley View Forest

Hiker on trail

A hiker enjoying the loop trail at Valley View Forest.

Visitor Information

Here’s a trail map and field guide to assist with your exploration:  print quality  |  screen quality

Directions: From Chimacum Corner, travel 1.7 miles south on Center Road to the gravel driveway on the left (opposite mailbox for 1720 Center Road, and approximately 300 feet south of Short’s Family Farm entrance). This leads to Valley View Forest public parking area and trailhead.

Hours: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. Please note, the entrance gate is on an automatic timer. If you do not exit by 7 pm, you will not be able to access your vehicle until the following day. Also, please ensure that your car is not in the path of the opening/closing gate as it does not have an obstacle sensor. There is no emergency number to open the gate remotely.

Parking: Parking is available for up to 15 cars. Parking is not allowed in the driveway or in neighboring driveways. And please do not use neighboring driveways as turnarounds.

Allowable activities: Hiking, running, nature study, photography, sketching, bird watching, and daydreaming. Dogs are allowed and must be kept on a leash at all times for the safety of other visitors and wildlife. Please remain on the trails to avoid damaging sensitive habitat.

Low mobility section of the loop trail

The lower portion of the Valley View Forest loop trail is wide and has a slight grade so that it is accessible to those wanting a gentle trail.

Note: A short section of the trail is suitable for low-mobility visitors due to its gentle grade.

Not allowed at this time: Biking, horseback riding, motorized vehicle use, hunting, fires, camping.

There are no restroom facilities at Valley View Forest.

#RecreateResponsibly. Avoid crowds: If the parking lot is full, please make plans to return another day.

Click here to read the preservation story and see a video about the forest!