Ginko State Park offers history, petroglyphs and a unique view of the Columbia River.
About half way between Spokane and Seattle lies a tiny wayside called the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park. Several prehistoric lave flows, some of the largest the world has ever known, buried forests of ginkgo and sycamore at the sight millions of years ago. The “petrified forest” is actually a scattering of fossilized logs from that epoch. The little interpretive center, located just off I-90, also has a fine collection of petroglyphs and some magnificent views of the Columbia River. Visit www.parks.wa.gov for more information. The following shots and slide show are from our recent visit.