The park is an area of exposed petrified wood and logs, which grew as far back as the Miocene epoch. The existence of the petrified wood was discovered during highway construction in the early 1930's. Common among the wood remains are pieces of petrified ginkgo, a tree which previously grew in the area. The ginko exists now only as a specimen tree and grows nowhere in the wild. There is also a collection of Native American petroglyphs within the park.
The 7500-acre park is on the Wanapum Reservoir on the Columbia River and features a variety of activities including hiking, camping, water skiing and an interpretive center.
The Washington State Parks system includes more than 125 developed parks and covers about a quarter million acres.
Other Washington State Parks nearby:
(Moses Lake) Blue Heron Park
(Moses Lake) Cascade Park
(Wenatchee) Chelan County PUD Parks System
(Vantage) Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
(Soap Lake) Lake Lenore Caves State Park
(East Wenatchee) Lincoln Rock State Park
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11/22 Coming to The Vantage area
Apple Blossom Festival Wenatchee WA April1-May5 A delicious part of the Apple Blossom Festival is the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Food Fair.
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest Leavenworth WA May16-19 Learn about the wide variety of migratory birds that come here for a brief, but important part of their year: the breeding season. Hear the songs sung only during the breeding season.
Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Fest Hood River OR May18-19 Start off the weekend with friends and fun featuring Columbia Gorge wineries and eateries. Highlights include entertainment, live music, wine tasting, great food, fruit exhibits with samples, and local artisans.
Gorge Blues and Brews Festival Stevenson WA June21-22 Fine collection of local craft brews and local wines, a multitude of phenomenal foods, and great blues music, while benefiting local charities in the Columbia Gorge.
Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival Stevenson WA June25-28 Amazing talent, workshops, instrument contests and raffle, fine craft and food vendors, a merry beer garden, and nightly dances.
Huckleberry Festival Bingen WA September6-8 Music, parade, kids games, entertainment.