The Forks Museum offers a range of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy, including picnicking and hiking. Picnic tables are available in both sunny and shaded areas, accommodating groups of various sizes. Visitors can bring their own food or opt for takeout from local restaurants to enjoy in the fresh air. The property features nature trails suitable for all ages and abilities, including an easy 0.4-mile loop trail ideal for children and dogs, and a moderately challenging 1.5-mile loop trail that provides a deeper exploration of the regional habitat. For more adventurous hikers, Department of Natural Resources trails lead into the Reade Hill block, offering several miles of hiking through the woods and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean on clear days. Additionally, the museum offers engaging scavenger hunts for both children and Twilight enthusiasts, providing educational and entertaining experiences for visitors of all ages. Learn more below!

Enjoy a Picnic!

We have many picnic tables available, some in the sun and some in the shade. There are enough to accommodate groups of some size. Bring your own food or grab something to go from one of the local restaurants and enjoy the fresh air. Click the images below to view them larger.

Hike from the Museum!

There is an easy 0.4-mile loop nature trail on the property that is ideal for children and dogs. We’re always working on developing it and labeling things of interest. The Hall of Mosses is fantastic, but our trails are free!

There is a 1.5-mile loop trail with moderately challenging elevation gain that starts from behind the pavilion displays and climbs the hill around the Olympic Natural Resources Center. This trail will introduce you with some depth to the regional habitat. It is well-maintained and a local favorite.

Department of Natural Resources trails climb far into the woods branching off from the 1.5-mile loop trail. This is known as the Reade Hill block and one can hike on established trails for several miles into the woods. On a clear day you can also see a wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean. Click the images below to view them larger.

Scavenger Hunts

The Timber Museum has a great children’s museum hunt that has educated and entertained for the better part of two decades. Just ask us for the children’s hunt when you come in. Now, where are those roller skates and chickens?

A more recent addition to the museum is our Twilight Scavenger Hunt. This challenging endeavor will engage interest and knowledge about Twilight as well as test your reasoning abilities! Interestingly, some of the items are often located faster by people that know nothing about Twilight at all! Stop in for a great time!