Small-town Charm near Mount Rainier: Living in Buckley, WA

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Against the stunning backdrop of Mount Rainier, Buckley, Washington, offers a welcoming community and a range of exciting attractions. From a quaint Main Street and drive-in movie theater to the notable White River School District, living in Buckley, WA, has many charms—read more about them below!


One of the perks of living in Buckley, WA, is the tight-knit community. Residents enjoy events like the annual Log Show, featuring logging competitions and a parade that serves to “honor the community spirit of Buckley as it preserves the past, celebrates the present, and embraces the future.” In 2020, Buckley will celebrate its 47th annual parade!

The Buckley Summer Concert Series features free, fun musical performances during the summer months, complete with food trucks and artisan vendors.


Green Lake Trail
On the way to the serene emerald waters of Green Lake, this intermediate-level 1.5-mile trail offers scenic views of Ranger Falls, with 800-year-old Douglas Fir trees dotting the path.

Mystic Lake Trail
Visiting professors J. B. Fleet and H. H. Garretson named Mystic Lake after reportedly seeing a mysterious whirlpool near the lake’s outlet. This 20-mile trail offers a close-up look at the top of the Carbon Glacier, and marmots, pikas and wildflowers make frequent appearances.

Hot Air Ballooning
Sail through the skies at sunset with a one-of-a-kind experience from Seattle Ballooning in nearby Burien. Offering balloon rides for up to eight people, this extraordinary experience allows you to enjoy incredible views of Mt. Rainier, watch grazing elk and horses from above­—and even enjoy luxurious champagne and fresh baguettes at the end of your ride!

Maris Farms
This seasonal “agritainment” destination showcases a corn maze, pumpkin patch, food and much more.


At Rainier Reindeer Ranch, visitors can make an appointment to visit, feed and learn about real reindeers.

Farm Shed Wines and Brew
For weekly wine tastings and artisanal brews, locals turn to Farm Shed. Enjoy cheese and charcuterie while you sip and socialize, and take home your favorite drink!

Elk Head Brewing Company
Beer connoisseurs can find new favorites at this small brewer, including the “Blast Zone,” a spicy, smoky chili-pepper ale that’s already gaining a fan base.

Foothills Historical Museum
With the goal of “enriching visitors with a broader understanding of Buckley’s history,” this museum offers a range of exhibits on life from the late 1800s through the early 1900s. Take a walk through the past and visit a butcher, barber, schoolroom and general store in the museum’s unique galleries. Exhibits on logging, coal mining, military uniforms and antique toys are full of interesting period artifacts. 

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