Guide to Historic Eatonville, WA | Visit Rainier
View of Mount Rainier from Dogwood Park

Eatonville

Welcome to Historic Eatonville

Nestled among the foothills of beautiful Mt. Rainier is the town of Eatonville. This community has a friendly small-town vibe, protects its natural environment and grows within sustainable limits. 

Attractions

Reconnect with nature at an award winning 723 hundred acre Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Browse shops in historic downtown like the Center Street Junction with over 7,000 square feet of vintage thrift and artisan wares. Go antiquing at a historic farm at the Founding Family Antiques store. Stroll the paths at Millpond and Smallwood Parks. Hike the Bud Blancher Trail to see Mashel Falls. Take a living history tour at Pioneer Farm and Ohop Indian Village. Explore the trails at Washington State’s newest state park, Nisqually State Park. On a clear day snap a photo of Mount Rainier from Dogwood Park. And for evening entertainment consider a movie at the historic Roxy Theater or live entertainment at the Mill Haus Cider Co.

Lodging

Lodging includes Mill Village Motel, farm-stays at Left Foot Farm, rustic cabins at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort, and camping at Alder Lake Campground. 

Dining

Mill Haus Cider Co
Outdoor seating, fire pits, and stage for live music at Mill Haus Cider Co.

There are over a dozen eateries to choose from. Check out the hottest destination restaurant in town, Mill Haus Cider Co. Go wine tasting by a lavender field at Stringtown Cellars. On a clear day enjoy a view of Mount Rainier from the Cruiser Café outdoor seating. Grab a booth by the windows at Bruno’s to see local history in the mural next to the restaurant. 

Location

Located 25 miles from the Nisqually Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. 59 miles south of Seattle. 31 miles southeast of Tacoma. 84 miles from the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center.

History

Eatonville has a history in agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries. This authentic rural community was founded by Thomas C. VanEaton. Native Americans roamed the rivers and streams, including Indian Henry.  Indian Henry guided Thomas VanEaton to Mt. Rainier in 1889. Van Eaton established a trading post to provide goods and supplies to early settlers, hence the town name. For more area history please visit Eatonville to Rainier.