State Route 503

State Route 503, Woodland: Address, Phone Number, State Route 503 Reviews: 4/5

State Route 503
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Small, scenic road cutting across lush rain forest and several small towns.
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robertgM7921GU
Orlando, United States11 contributions
Roads
Jul 2019
I rated this road as I did because of the tight turns and high speed limit. 50 is way to fast to be traveling on a narrow road like this with no shoulder. Lots of tailgaters and aggressive drivers if yo try to play it safe. At the top there must be some residual seismic activity because there are lots of large depressions and warning signs. You could easily break an axle if you aren't paying attention. No cell service at the top. Old school if you have problems.
Written 6 August 2019
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GlutenfreeCeliacat
Woodland, WA140 contributions
Beautiful scenery anytime of year
Aug 2018 • Couples
We like to take a drive up to Lake Merwin and Yale Lake. The scenery is beautiful anytime of year. Stop at the Country Store in Cougar. You might find something interesting there. There are a couple of parks that do have a fee. The road can be difficult in winter and may even be closed. Watch for signs.
Written 27 August 2018
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William H
Port Townsend, WA122 contributions
careful on 503
Jul 2018 • Family
If you are going up country from Woodland, say to Cougar, then be very careful driving as the roads are very curvy and sight lines are sometimes short. Do be courteous - if you lead a stack of cars behind you - just pull over in one of the many signed pull-over spots.
Written 22 August 2018
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Dixon9717
138 contributions
Scenic drive
Jun 2018 • Couples
This is a local attraction for us. Its a great scenic drive on a Sunday afternoon. We do it often and never get bored with the drive.
Written 17 June 2018
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pat l
Gainesville, GA971 contributions
Beautiful Drive - DETOUR APRIL 2017
Apr 2017 • Family
This road is out right now due to a landslide between Woodland and Cougar. We had to detour - but the detour is well marked and clear. They've set up an A.M. station to tell you what's happening, too.

It was amazing to go drive along the Lewis River - just beautiful!
Written 7 April 2017
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Pat F
Seattle, WA71 contributions
Great day trip!
Sep 2016 • Friends
503 follows the Lewis River, and you can get as far back into the back-of-beyond as you'd like to go. The scenic part doesn't really start until after Cougar. Just keep going. We went to the Lower Lewis River Falls and did some hiking, as well as getting so far back on the road that we were surprised by a view of Mt. St Helens. The road can be narrow, rutted, bumpy, and even be a dirt road at times, but it is worth it, especially if you like waterfalls
Written 30 September 2016
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simpleyme
Washington802 contributions
Beautiful scenery
Jul 2015 • Couples
This is a really nice drive there are lots of parks along the way with river access. There was a little road construction that looks like it will be ongoing that delayed traffic quite a bit as you leave Woodland .
Written 30 July 2015
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jbinwa
Woodland WA63 contributions
Guides you to and through beautiful mountain scenery along Lewis River
Aug 2013 • Solo
The town of Woodland at milepost 21 on I-5 in Washington is the place to begin your day trip. The great attraction is scenery including forested slopes, open scenic valleys, mountain peaks and waterfalls. Locals will be glad to suggest things to see along the route.

One good destination would be the Falls on the North Fork of the Lewis River. The lower falls is at the east end of Swift Reservoir and signs will guide you. A short hike is required but be sure to bring your camera. If you don't hike there is still plenty to see along Hwy. 503.

You can make a drive along Hwy 503 as short as 3 hours or a day long adventure. After you choose your option, start your day trip going east on highway 503 for about four miles through patchworks of small housing developments and small acreages and then enter the forested area. A nice public park is available at Merwin Dam in Aerial about 10 miles east of Woodland. The park feature swimming, picnic grounds and plenty of room for kids to burn off some of their restless energy. In nearby Aerial the Lelooska Native American center is open on an irregular basis. Best to check ahead and it is worth seeing. Further up at the community of Yale the forested land gives way to an open valley with forested mountains on both sides and an option presents itself.

If time is short highway 503 turns south at Yale and in a short distance goes across a scenic and one-way suspension bridge. The route gets into more inhabited land and eventually winds up skirting the town of Battleground and then the eastern edge of Vancouver where 503 merges into I-205. Northbound I-205 merges onto I-5 northbound in a few miles and I-5 north takes you back to Woodland.

If you have more time or plan to visit Lewis River Falls, go straight at the Yale junction up to the village of Cougar where fuel and food are available. Beyond Cougar is Swift Dam and reservoir and a terrific close up view of Mt. St. Helens south side. After traveling along Swift reservoir you can choose a couple of options.

You can go north to Randle, WA. That road skirts the east side of Mt. St. Helens and offers spectacular scenery including Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and on a good day Mt. Ranier. At Randle you can go west along Hwy 12 and back to I-5 or go east to Rainier Natl. Park or Yakima, WA. This road may be closed in Winter.

Alternatively you can save the trip to Randle for when you have more time and proceed east on forest service roads into the Wind River country and go south eventually winding up at Carson, WA. in the Columbia River Gorge along Washington highway 14 and then west to Vancouver, WA. Either choice is a full day of great scenery made possible by Highway 503 going east from Woodland.
Written 5 December 2013
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beachchic07
Laguna Beach, CA7 contributions
Nice drive along the river
Aug 2011
Once you get out of town a ways, there are plenty of trees & a nice drive along the river. There are a few boat launches and little places to swim.
Written 22 August 2011
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