6 Marvelous Things to Do in Maryhill, Washington

On the surface, the small town of Maryhill, Washington might seem like it is only a few intersecting roads that cut through basalt, farmland, and cheatgrass. 

That impression couldn’t be further from the case.

From unexpected roadside attractions to excellent wine, here are the best things to do in Maryhill!

Drive the Maryhill Loops Road.

Maryhill Loops Road is 10 miles long with 25 curvesβ€”8 of them hairpinβ€”and an elevation gain of 850 feet with a 5% grade. It took Sam Hill, who was very outspoken about the importance of modern roads in the Northwest, four years to build it at his own expense. When completed he invited the governor and politicians to view this marvel to show them modern roads could be constructed in the Northwest.

Admission is free. Pedestrians and bikers can use the road most days from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are only a couple of days a year the road is open to vehicles, so be prepared to work up a sweat when enjoying this unique corner of Maryhill.

Each year, the loops are used for Maryhill’s “Festival of Speed,” North America’s largest gravity sports festival.Β 

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Explore the Maryhill Museum of Art.

Housed in Sam Hill’s former mansion, the Maryhill Museum of Art is an unmissable attraction in Maryhill. Its collection of art consists of sculptures, Orthodox icons, royal artifacts and furniture, paintings, Native American objects, and much more.

The grounds are an artistic treasure, free to explore, and offers stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge.

The Museum is open March 15 through November 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: adults $9, senior $8, children 7-18 $3, family admission $25. 

Maryhill Museum of Art, with the stone bulding on the left side of the photo and a green lawn in the foreground

Enjoy the outdoors at Maryhill State Park.

Maryhill State Park sits along 4,700-feet of Columbia River waterfront. From the park’s two swimming beaches you can see Sam Hill Memorial Bridge (also called the Biggs Rapid Bridge) which connects Washington State and Oregon, and the basaltic cliffs along Oregon.

The campground has 20 tent sites, 50 utility sites, two beaches, a shaded picnic area, a boat launch, and a small dock, and makes for a perfect base camp for exploring the area.

Keep in mind that that the park is next to a well-used highway and the sounds of night traffic filters into the campground.  A day pass or Discover Pass is required to enter any Washington State Park.

view of a small building nestled in the trees in maryhill state park, rolling hills and windmills are visible in the background

Visit Stonehenge (seriously).

 Built to the exact dimensions of the original Stonehenge, Maryhill Stonehenge took 11 years to complete. Sam Hill, the builder of this memorial, dedicated it to the servicemen of Klickitat County who perished in WWI and to serve as a reminder of the sacrifices of war.

It’s right up the road from the small town of Maryhill, free to visit, and has panoramic views in all directions (think golden hills, the Columbia River, and plenty of sky). Consider visiting in the early morning or late afternoon for dramatic sunrise/sunset photos.

Interior of Maryhill Stonehenge, one of the best places to visit in maryhill washington

Enjoy a flight at Maryhill Winery.

Wine Press Northwest named Maryhill Winery the 2015 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year. The setting of this destination winery is gorgeous with views of the Columbia River and vineyards, a spacious tasting room with a 20-foot bar, a selection of artisan meats and cheeses available for purchase, bocce courts, a picnic area, and a 4,000 seat outdoor amphitheater for summer concerts.

glass of red wine from maryhill winery sitting on a wood table at night

… and Waving Tree Winery.

Waving Tree Winery is a small family-owned winery that specializes in Italian and Rhone-style wines. Their tasting room is in the log cabin near Maryhill State Park.

46 thoughts on “6 Marvelous Things to Do in Maryhill, Washington”

    • I hope to visit Maryhill winery this year. They have concerts in the summer too, which I’ve heard good things about.

    • That will be a great trip. So many neat things to see, taste and experience. Since I know you like food, I’ve heard the Glass Onion restaurant in Goldendale, which is about 15-20 minutes north of Maryhill, is really good.

    • Tonya, I didn’t realize how important he was to the Pacific Northwest until I went there. A big eye opener for sure.

  1. Good old hairpin turns πŸ˜‰ Looks like some great places to stop, I’d definitely be interested in the wineries if qwerty are in that area!

  2. Lara, I really like how you can make any small town in Washington an interesting one! I’ve driven through that area, and I do love the contrast between the golden hills and the blue expanse of sky. And the river! Such a simply beautiful area. Next time I’m driving through, I’ll have to be sure to stop!

    • Tami, Every time I drive through Eastern Washington I’m just blown away by the landscape and endless sky. Sounds like we are on the same page with appreciating nature’s endless beauty. Yes! Stop at Stonehenge next time. You won’t be disappointed!

  3. I have yet to visit the state of Washington, but this place looks so peaceful! I think it’s a bit funny too about the Stonehenge being there, it seems like people always build re-creations of famous monuments in the most random of places. For example, we have a Glockenspiel clock tower here in Northern Kentucky which is a replica of the one in Munich. Why? I do not know πŸ™‚

  4. I have not had the pleasure of exploring that part of the country. Stonehenge? What unexpected fun! There is a small version in the small town of Hunt, Texas I’ve seen.

    • Natalie, I’d love to see the one in Texas. A small town there used to have a replica of the Forbidden City, but I heard its no longer there.

  5. Who knew there was another Stonehenge!? And there was us thinking us Brits were the only ones. Have never been to the Pacific Northwest but this seems like an interesting little gem. Great post and thanks for sharing. Love C and D x

    • C and D, Glad you found this helpful. The Pacific Northwest is an amazing part of the US. I hope you get to visit soon.

    • Danik, Thanks so much for commenting. You’d probably like a run on the Loops road too. Then, a celebratory stop at the winery. πŸ™‚

  6. These are indeed compelling reasons to visit Maryhill. I am particulary interested in the Maryhill Loops road, the Museum and Maryland Stonhenge.

    • Holly, I really enjoyed our visit to the museum and you are right the area is peaceful and if you just want to visit the local sites a great place to unwind stress-free.

    • Jem, It’s a little bit of something in the middle of nowhere. It’s nice that Sam Hill left behind some places for us to enjoy.

    • Rob and Ann, I like quirky things too. Glad I could help you find a fun stop, and I agree the winery is a huge bonus.

  7. You really are finding some great places Lara. I would love to do this, especially the wine tours, and I would love to camp there as well.

    • Natasha, You’d really like the grounds and sculptures, which are all free to view. Set against the Columbia Gorge makes for some dramatic viewing of art and nature.

    • Crystal, For being in the middle of nowhere its got quite a few attractions. It’s nice to be surprised by those finds when traveling.

  8. Sounds like a very interesting place to visit. That road sounds epic to drive on, it sounds a lot like the Transfagarasan highway in Romania!

    • Nic, I wish they opened that road to the public a few times a year. I’d totally drive it even tho I’m prone to getting carsick. I’ll have to check out the highway you mention in Romania.

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