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Gold Bar is in Snohomish County in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Local’s say that recreation is the community’s business and their rural character is the local treasure even though their small total area is only 1.03 square miles, all of it land, and its population was estimated in 2015 to be just 2,112.

The city has a heritage of logging and mining. The community began with the early Indian residents known as the Skykomish and became a prospector's camp after a miner found traces of gold. That's also how the name came to be. The city later became a construction camp for the Great Northern Railway and even later was incorporated on September 16, 1910. The town eventually had a post office, a general store. a saloon, hotels, and a dance hall.

You will find a number of attractions to enjoy in the area that are perfect for a fun and exciting getaway.

Wallace Falls State Park

Gold Bar is two miles northeast of Wallace Falls State Park, which is one of Washington’s most popular attractions with more than 160,000 visitors annually. It is known for its nine waterfalls as well as for swimming, fly fishing, boating, kayaking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The 2.8 mile Woody Trail is gorgeous as it winds along the Wallace River and approaches those nine dazzling falls.

Skykomish River

The river is known as the closest white water rafting destination to Seattle and for other activities on the west side of the Cascade Mountains. The rafting season is from April to early August.

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