A stroll through the fall foliage couldn't be easier when you visit the Yakima Valley. With the completion of an additional ten miles of the Yakima Greenway, there is now a grand total of 20 miles of unbroken paved pathway. The trail begins just off I-82 near Union Gap, skirts the City of Yakima along the Yakima and Naches Rivers, and runs west to the little town of Naches.
Want to make a whole weekend out of exploring the fall foliage? Stay at one of the hotels located directly on the Greenway. Step out of your room at the Oxford Suites or the Oxford Inn onto the path and walk south to Sarg Hubbard Park, the Yakima Area Arboretum and the Sherman Park Off-Leash Dog Park. Or, turn north toward the McGuire Wooden Playground at Sunrise Rotary Park and on toward Naches. Hotels on North First Street are also within blocks of the Greenway. The Best Western Lincoln Inn Plus and The Yakima Valley Hotel & Convention Center offer easy access near the center of the Greenway. Comfort Suites is a few blocks from the trail to Naches and the residential Powerhouse Canal Pathway.
You can't spend the whole day on the trail without getting something to eat! Stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Powerhouse Grill on 40th Avenue. Visit McIlrath Family Farm Fruit Stand for some fresh produce and homemade ice cream. Or stop in at Thompsons Farm Market and try their apple donuts. And don't forget to peruse the handmade gifts at La Kat Gallery.
The Yakima Greenway Foundation has a number of organized events throughout the year, from a Kids Fish-In to several large concerts in the park as well as organized runs. The next event scheduled is The Leftover Turkey Trot, a fun 5k walk/run the day after Thanksgiving.
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