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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Moulton
Falls Regional Park; Pomeroy Farm;
sandhill crane at the Ridgefield
National Wildlife Refuge.

SWEET STOPS

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: JIT LIM / ALAMY; APRIL WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY;
GEORGE OSTERTAG / ALAMY

Country
scenes
↘ Explore life along the
Lewis River in southwest
Washington.
Editor's note: If you choose not to travel
right now, save this article for when you feel
comfortable doing so again. You should also
consult the latest travel information at
AAA.com/covid.

Although many travelers through
Washington zoom up and down
Interstate 5 without so much as a rest
break, rich rewards await those who
venture northeast of Vancouver on
unfrequented back roads. Journey
along the Northern Clark County
Scenic Drive-a 70-mile stretch that
follows both forks of the Lewis River-
where you'll find history, wildlife, and
local flavor hidden in the firs.
Begin your exploration in Ridgefield
at the Ridgefield National Wildlife
Refuge, a 5,218-acre haven for hundreds of species. Drive the four-mile
auto tour route to spot sandhill cranes,
raptors, and river otters from your car,
or get in touch with nature by hiking
the Oaks to Wetlands Trail to view the
reconstructed Cathlapotle Plankhouse
and glimpse what life was like in a
traditional Chinookan village. To
paddle the scenic waterways, rent a
canoe from nearby Ridgefield Kayak,
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then refuel in town with halibut and
homemade clam chowder at Pacific
Northwest Best Fish Company.
Aptly named after an 1855 standoff
between Fort Vancouver volunteers
and Klickitat tribe members, Battle
Ground serves as a central hub of
Clark County. Visit Battle Ground
Lake State Park, a volcanic crater
that offers trout fishing and 10 miles
of trails to explore at your leisure.
Downtown, enjoy specialty burgers
and wings on the patio at Barrel
Mountain Brewing, then browse the
shelves at Literary Leftovers, a local
used bookstore.

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Stroll through the Wildlife Botanical
Gardens in Brush Prairie, where three
acres of themed gardens showcase
Northwest plant species with landscaping designed to attract birds,
butterflies, and other wildlife. While
you're in the area, stop by the historic
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