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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 of 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 and other communities in Pierce County via connections to the larger planned trail network. This trail is a key piece in a Cross-State Trail for Washington State (see below).
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 led a pre-planning process assisted by the National Parks Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program. We were also instrumental in obtaining a grant used for Pierce County's planning study of the "River to Roy" section of the trail (see below). The County's project webpage is here.

Your interest and inquiries about this project are welcome.


Project information sheet:

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Presentation slides:

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Cross-State Trail Concept:

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Facebook page (Like to stay informed):

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Pierce County's "River to Roy" Study

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