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Danville, Washington is a charming community located on Washington State Route 21, just shy of the United States-Canada border. In fact, the town has an interesting story due to its intriguing history. In 1912, a prospector working in the area found a gold slab which later turned out to be worth over $1,000. Many members of the community believe that the slab was part of a larger gold ledge, prompting many visitors to come search for the mystery gold. To this day, no one has found the gold ledge, though perhaps your pup will be the first to sniff it out! If anything should happen during your visit to the Danville area, there are two veterinarians within an hour and a half of the town.
For your first stop, head over to the Glacier Peak Wilderness, located less than an hour west of Danville. The park's claim to fame, White Mountain, is the purrfect place to enjoy the fresh air and wild nature of the area with your furry friend. This incredible peak is the highest point on the ridge between Red Pass and White Pass. You can either summit the short peak with your pup or enjoy the neighboring trails around the park. If you choose to summit the peak, there are two entrances and the total hike length varies from 0.75 of a mile to 1.75 miles.
With so much to offer, the Danville area pawsitively will not disappoint!
Just 10 minutes south of downtown Danville you'll find Curlew. Bordering the Kettle River, Curlew is the purrfect place to continue your exploration of the Danville area. Head to the "Old Swimming Hole", located near the center of Curlew, and enjoy the fresh water from Kettle River with your furry friend. If you time your visit right, you may even be in the area for the yearly tradition of the Curlew Barrel Derby Days, where a barrel is set adrift along the river and bets are placed on when it will reach the swimming hole! The tradition began due to the Kettle River and Curlew being a popular moonshine pickup point back in the early 1900s. Curlew certainly is not to be missed!
Drive an hour south of downtown Danville and you'll find yourself in the charming town of Marcus, home of Marcus Island. This incredibly scenic island offers visitors, both human and dog alike, a chance to partake in the island lifestyle, if even only for a day or two. Spend a few hours hiking alongside your furry friend around the island, or you can choose to camp at one of the island's many available campsites and sleep underneath the stars. One thing's for certain: a trip to Marcus and Marcus Island pawsitively needs to be added to your Danville vacation itinerary!
Heading just over an hour southeast of Danville will bring you to Kettle Falls, home of the incredible Sherman Creek State Wildlife Recreation Area. Spanning more than 9,000 total acres, the Sherman Creek State Wildlife Recreation Area will provide you and your pup with hours upon hours of outdoor fun. There are many hiking trails all throughout the park, which offer visitors a chance to admire the raw, natural beauty Washington state has to offer. You may even have the chance to see native wildlife, such as white-tailed and mule deer, bears, wild turkeys, various birds of prey, and more. Just be sure to keep your pup on a leash at all times to ensure the safety of everyone involved!
Ruffly 45 minutes southeast of Danville, you'll find the community of Orient. Orient provides another great access point to the Kettle River, which is purrfect if you and your pup are looking for more water-oriented fun. Orient was settled in the early 1900's, with recorded settlers dating back to 1900 and 1901. It was originally a mining town and was actually the endpoint of a cable bucket runway before being officially settled. Nowadays, Orient provides visitors with an opportunity to look back into the days of the wild west, and many historical markers are located throughout the small community.
Less than 30 minutes south of Danville you'll find Republic, gateway to Curlew Lake State Park. This beautiful and incredibly scenic state park encompasses nearly 90 acres of land, plus the 5.5-mile Curlew Lake. Not only can you and your pup hike all throughout the park, but you can also take advantage of the expansive Curlew Lake, where fishing, swimming and boating are all popular summer activities. Come wintertime, snow sports are very popular here as well. You and your pup are also welcome to camp in Curlew Lake State Park, so if you're looking for a purrfect place for a long weekend with your pup, look no further than Republic!
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