The Yelm Prairie Line Trail is a rail-trail between the cities of Yelm and Roy. It will provide a safe and inviting non-motorized connection between Pierce and Thurston Counties for all ages and abilities.
The historic Prairie Line Railroad used to extend from Kalama on the Columbia River to downtown Tacoma. This was a busy railroad line for decades and fueled economic development in the counties it passed through until it was displaced by a newer, flatter route. The City of Yelm owns a 4.8-mile section this right-of-way extending from Yelm into Pierce County near the City of Roy. Yelm has developed a 1.3-mile portion of non-motorized trail on it known as the Yelm Prairie Line Trail (YPLT). The trail is envisioned to extend to (and beyond) Roy to connect with Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) as well as other communities in Pierce County by via connections to a larger trail network.
ForeverGreen Trails has been coordinating a coalition of organizations, agencies, and local governments who endorse this project. We have obtained grants to support the trail's completion and are currently engaged in a pre-planning process with the help of the National Parks Service's Rivers, Trails and Community Assistance program.
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