Nature Surrounding Maple Valley

Nature Surrounding Maple Valley

Isabel Valencia

It is no secret to locals of Maple Valley and the surrounding cities that there are some very beautiful views when it comes to the nature of our communities. The Pacific Northwest offers beauty and attraction for those who choose this place as their destination. The Pacific Northwest presents plenty of gorgeous nature spots. In this article you will learn about some of the favorites by a few of PNW’s citizens. 

One hidden gem includes Franklin Ghost Town. It’s located in Black Diamond, Washington. It is an old coal-mining ghost town. It became a ghost town in 1919 because of an incident that happened nearly 25 years prior. The incident that I am referring to is the fire that caused many miners that were down in the mine shaft to die after a fire was purposely made. This tourist attraction goes along the Green River and has a few waterfalls along the way. Franklin Ghost Town allows for many different levels of adventurously to come through. If you are someone who likes to chill and watch nature be nature, then you would love Franklin Ghost Town because there you can sit on a rock down by the river and just stick your feet in.

If you are someone who likes a little bit of thrill in their life, then go to Franklin Ghost Town because you are able to jump off of cliffs. Just remember that there might be some up-hill climbing in order to get to the cliff, but it is so worth it. 

There is even a 2.5-mile-long hike that takes you to the old mining shaft. This hike has an elevation of 200 feet so if you are not confident in your abilities to do this hike, I would steer clear of that part of Franklin Ghost Town. 

Being able to go outdoors is something that most people cherish and there are so many places to do so when you come to the Pacific Northwest. There are places here that some people can’t find anywhere else. The views when you go to the Olympic National Park are impeccable. It is a long drive to get to some of the most beautiful points and there may include some hiking and exercise, but the outcome of your hard work pays off. 

Locals of the PNW are especially lucky to have all of these majestic natural features around us at all times. It doesn’t matter the time of year or the time of day, no matter what, the Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place to visit and/or live.