National Public Lands Day

Middle Fork Road Celebration

The Middle Fork Valley is about to undergo another major transformation. The newly paved Middle Fork Road, now finished after three years of construction, offers safe and family-friendly access to this spectacular valley for the first time. Please join us on National Public Lands Day, September 30, to celebrate completion of the new road and the opening of several new trails and trailheads in the Valley.

The celebration will begin with a ribbon-cutting for the new road. We encourage you then to embark on a further exploration of the Valley to visit key project sites, ending a Volunteer Appreciation event.


Middle Fork Road Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Speakers include:

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Washington’s First Congressional District
Sandra Otto, Division Director, Federal Highway Administration
Dianne Guidry, Deputy Regional Forester, US Forest Service
Brock Milliern, Division Manager, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Fred Jarrett, Deputy County Executive, King County
Jon Hoekstra, Executive Director, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

When: Saturday, September 30th | 10:45am to 12:15pm
Where: Entrance to the Valley, just outside of Valley Camp. Directions

After the celebration you are invited to continue exploring the Valley with us:

Middle Fork Tour & Volunteer Appreciation 12:15pm to 3:30pm
A shuttle will be available from the ribbon cutting to the various locations up the Valley, and will return you to your vehicle at Valley Camp in the mid-afternoon.

We will further explore the Valley, visiting key project sites and peering behind the scenes of this groundbreaking collaboration that connects community, conservation, and recreation. The tour will end at the Middle Fork Campground for a ‘Cheers for Volunteers’ appreciation event, hosted by REI Co-op, to thank the 150-200 volunteers from multiple community organizations who built and restored recreation sites earlier in the day. Information about the Volunteer Events