Lewis County Living

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Lewis County, on the west side of Washington State offers many rural and mountain communities for intending residents to choose from. From unincorporated farming and logging communities, to small rural towns, to larger cities right along the interstate, Lewis County offers a variety of residential choices!

Lewis County Chamber of Commerce
Discover Lewis County

We can help you find your next home in these Lewis County communities, or vacant land to build your dream home on.

Adna

A desirable little residential community located just 6 miles SW of Chehalis along Hwy 6. Many residents enjoy the country feel of Adna, yet also enjoy being close to the conveniences of a bigger city and found themselves drawn to the Adna area for this perfect combination.

Known for its fertile farm ground along the Chehalis River Basin, Adna grows some of the sweetest corn around. This riverside community has two great schools, a post office and gas station/grocery store.

Adna School District

Centralia

Founded in 1875m Centralia is currently known as “The Hub” of Lewis County. A historic small town vibrantly alive with a mixture of past & present.  The downtown district offers a variety of antique stores, the historic “Fox Theatre”, unique boutiques along with quaint coffee shops and eateries. Be sure to visit the historic Fort Borst Park located near exit 82 off of I-5 or shop the outlet mall.

City of Centralia
Centralia School District
Centralia Fox Theatre
NW Sports Hub

Chehalis

At the half way point between Seattle & Portland, Chehalis is home to the Veterans Museum, Southwest Washington Fair Grounds, Steam Train Museum & Rails to Trails and a small airport.

The historic downtown area lies on the east side of I-5, a city filled with historic buildings where residents and visitors alike enjoy boutiques, local businesses, shopping malls with name brand stores and the seasonal Farmers Market. Experience dining at its best in downtown Chehalis.

City of Chehalis
Chehalis School District
Lewis County Trails- Walking, Jogging or Bicycle
Steam Train
SW Washington Fair Grounds
Veteran Memorial Museum

Cinebar

A small unincorporated community located approximately 20 miles east from I-5 on Hwy. 508. This unincorporated rural community consists of farms and ranches, a post office & fire department.

Doty

Historically known as home to the largest sawmill in Lewis County, the town is named after the sawmill’s owner, C.A. Doty. A quaint rural community located east of I-5 on Hwy. 6. Residents rely primarily on logging and farms/ranches for their livelihood.

A cute community general store conveniently serves the area, along with a post office, fire department, and two churches.

Mineral

A beautiful mountain community nestled just off Hwy. 7 near the Lewis/Pierce County border lines. Minerals is known as a popular destination for fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Mineral was originally established as a mining town harvesting coal and arsenic. The Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad operates from here.

Local conveniences include a general store, post office, fishing resort & lodge.

Mineral Lake Recreation
Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad Museum & Steam Train

Morton

Located on Hwy. 12 along the White Pass Scenic Byway approximately 20 miles east of I-5.  The city’s slogan says is all, “Breathe easy in the Mountains”. This quiet logging town has lots to offer. Thriving community services consist of a grocery store, pharmacy, hospital, medical center, hotel, restaurants, shops, and auto repair.

Visit Morton – City, Chamber and Visitor’s Information
Morton School District
Morton’s Loggers Jubilee
Centralia College East – community college
Morton Roxy Theater

Mossyrock

Named after a 200 foot high rock, this small town is located along the White Pass Scenic Byway on Hwy. 12, approximately 20 miles east of I-5. Sometimes considered the recreation capital of Lewis County, Mossyrock is centered between two gorgeous lakes offering fishing, water skiing, camping and a multitude of outdoor activities. Mossyrock is known for DeGoede’s Bulb Farm & tulip fields and is home to the annual “Blueberry Festival” as it’s abundant blueberry crops flourish in the fertile soil.  Local amenities include a grocery store, medical clinic, hardware store, two gas stations, post office, schools K-12, churches, restaurants, coffee shops and the Klickatat Park.

City of Mossyrock
Mossyrock School District
Lake Mayfield
Riffe Lake Campground
Ikinswa State Park
Mossyrock Blueberry Festival
Aldrich Berry Farm & Nursery
Pan-America Berry Growers

Napavine

One of the fastest growing communities along the I-5 corridor, Napavine is located off exit 72 near Loves Truck Stop. Napavine was named after an Indian word “Napavoon” meaning “Small Prairie”. Conveniently close to Chehalis and Centralia, Napavine offers more of a small-town feel. Home to a K-12 school, grocery store, churches, hardware store, post office, and park.

City of Napavine

Onalaska

From I-5 take exit 71 to Hwy. 508 heading east approximately 15 miles and you’ll find this quaint rural community. Onalaska is known for its abundant apple harvest and hosts an annual Apple Harvest Festival.  Services include a well-supplied general store, flower shop, gas station/convenience store and post office.

Onalaska Public Schools
Apple Harvest Festival

Packwood

Packwood is filled with outdoor adventures. Located at the far east edge of Lewis County, Packwood offers residents and tourists alike a beautiful mountain community. Home to the famous Packwood Flea Market held on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, and just 20 minutes from White Pass Ski Resort. The town features a grocery & hardware store, gas stations, restaurants, library, and post office.

Destination Packwood
White Pass Ski Resort
Packwood Flea Markets
White Pass Scenic Byway

Pe Ell

On the far west side of Lewis County lies the quaint community of Pe Ell. Known for its rich fertile soils Pe Ell became popular to farmers, ranchers and loggers who first settled there in 1907, and this holds true still today. Surrounded by Weyerhaeuser timber land, many hikers and hunters find abundant recreation in the area. Be sure to get your land use permit!

Land Use Permits

Randle

Locally known as “The Big Bottom Valley” because of the wide flat river valley swept out by the Cowlitz River, Randle is another rural community built on the logging and agricultural industries. It also is the gateway to the Mount St. Helens Windy Ridge access point as it winds through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  Randle hosts a medical clinic, post office, grocery store, restaurant and saloons. Randle is also home to the Cispus Learning Center.

Mount St. Helens Windy Ridge
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
AWSP – Cispus Learning Center

Salkum

This small rural community is located approximately 15 miles east of I-5 & hosts a post office, library and fire department. Its name is derived from a Cowlitz Indian word meaning “Boiling Water” in reference to a series of waterfalls on nearby Mill Creek. A locally owned/operated barrel racing facility is located here as well, Rocky Top Arena.

Timberline Library
Rocky Top Arena

Toledo

There are two ways to reach Toledo, the “Gateway to Mount St. Helens”, from I-5 at exit 60 east on Highway 506 or via exit 63 east on Highway 506. By either route, Toledo is about 3 miles from I-5.

Toledo is a quiet community located along the Cowlitz River. Filled with history and home to St. Francis Catholic Mission, Toledo has a small airport offering the local Sky Diving Club opportunity to thrive.  Local services include K-12 schools, post office, grocery & hardware store, restaurants, bars and parks.

City of Toledo
Toledo School District
Sky Dive Toledo
Mount St. Helens

Vader

Birthplace of novelist/critic Robert Cantwell. Located at the southern end of Lewis County with a population of under 750.

Robert Cantwell

Winlock

The town’s claim to fame is “The World’s Largest Egg” a reflection of its former status as major egg producer. The town hosts an annual festival to celebrate the egg!

Take exit 63 west on Hwy. 505 a shy 3 miles into downtown Winlock. Amenities include: K-12 school, post office, grocery & hardware store, plus many other small shops.

City of Winlock
Egg Days

White Pass

Whitepass School District

 

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