Mountains to Sound Greenway
MOuntains to Sound Greenway
What is the greenway?
Extending from the Seattle waterfront to Ellensburg, the Mountains to Sound Greenway is an outdoor paradise with 1,600 miles of trails, the stunning Cascade Crest, excellent whitewater runs, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing, rock climbing routes, and mountain biking.
A coalition of outdoor recreation groups in Washington, including the Greenway Trust, The Mountaineers, Access Fund, American Whitewater, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, and Washington Trails Association worked together to encourage people who love the outdoors to protect and enhance this fantastic outdoor resource by designating it a National Heritage Area.
What is a National Heritage Area?
A National Heritage Area brings together natural, cultural, and historic resources. A National Heritage Area expands on traditional approaches to resource stewardship by supporting large-scale, community driven initiatives that connect local citizens to the preservation and planning process. It supports better collaboration between local businesses, communities, and recreation resources. For example, it enables cost sharing for things like trailhead gate locking and unlocking, or shared bathroom maintenance at nearby trailheads. Unlike some protective designations, a National Heritage Area does not add new regulatory authority or other management restrictions over private lands. Read more here.
What's the proposed map of the Greenway National Heritage Area?