Roads Less Traveled

A NEW guide to local Heritage Corridor

Issaquah/Fall City Road © courtesy King County Road Services Division
Issaquah/Fall City Road © courtesy King County Road Services Division

Just in time for summer outings, the King County Road Services Division has released a fine new print guide to nine picturesque roadways in rural corners of the county. Rich with history, maps, navigation tips, and gorgeous imagery, the brochures will make you feel good about using paper again. More information is available on the project website, too, where you see video clips or access the full project report.

The corridors themselves offer some pretty delightful surprises. Some of my favorites are just east of Seattle, in the lush Snoqualmie Valley. The old Issaquah-Fall City Road reminds you how roads once followed the lay of the land. The West Snoqualmie Valley Road/Carnation Farm Road gives you about 12 miles of unobstructed views across the valley floor, still dotted with occasional barns and silos from the golden age of dairying – including the old Carnation Farms complex (now Camp Korey), a Destination Heritage site. And the winding West Snoqualmie River Road leads you through a quiet pocket of the valley, right back into the 1920s.

Snoqualmie Valley/Carnation Farm Road © courtesy King County Road Services Division
Snoqualmie Valley/Carnation Farm Road © courtesy King County Road Services Division

We usually think of “scenic roads” as creations of the State or Federal government, but this network of history and landscape was carefully vetted and designated by the King County Road Services Division, with partner participation by 4Culture and the King County Historic Preservation Program.

So, grab a King County Heritage Corridors brochure for your car or backpack before making your next escape from the crush of the city. You can find one at 4Culture offices or the King County Map & Records Center, or you can request brochures by emailing CIP.roads@kingcounty.gov. And then, take a road less traveled, just to experience the sheer tranquility of it.