Cavness Ranch

A 655-acre prairie located south of Tenino in Thurston County. It is nestled between a Skookumchuck tributary and Scatter Creek. The Center for Natural Lands Management has been actively restoring this site to it's native flora and fauna the past years.

Getting there

In Olympia, follow Capitol Way south as it becomes Old Highway 99 for 12 miles to Tenino. In Tenino turn right at Sussex Ave (WA-507) toward Bucoda. It will turn to the left, then right, and left again it leaves Tenino. Continue south on WA-507 for 1.7 miles, then turn right on 180th Ave SE/Colvin Rd. Continue to road's end at the red barn.

about the ranch

The Cavness Ranch has a varied history of logging, cattle farming, Christmas tree production, and agriculture. In 2005, Landowners Otis and Arline entered into a conservation easement agreement to keep the ranch as a "place for the animals" and cease further development. Learn more about the restoration efforts.

  • Length: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft
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