The charming town of Buckley is situated on some prime real estate: smack-dab between the urban highlights of Tacoma and the snow action of Crystal Mountain and the wonders of Mount Rainier on the Sunrise side. It’s surrounded by farmland that activates into pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and other seasonal delights that bring families by the hundreds in various times throughout the year. The picturesque surroundings and the small-town allure embrace visitors like a hug, and encourage them to explore the quaint Main Street in the historic district filled with local small businesses and friendly proprietors.
Outdoor enthusiasts will be eager to get the dirt under their feet on miles and miles of local trails through forests and up mountainsides.
Where to Eat in Buckley
You won’t find a single chain restaurant in Buckley, just small, local restaurants with lots of hometown charm. Whether you want a cup of coffee or a full meal there is something for everyone.
This local favorite has been around for over 20 years. Wally’s Drive-in
is the perfect stop for burgers and hand dipped shakes. Try the infamous Waltimate, a three-quarter-pound behemoth beef patty, topped with beef patty, bacon, Swiss and American cheese, grilled ham, grilled onions, tomato, and other standard toppings.
The Main Street Bistro
The Main Street Bistro
is located in the heart of historic downtown Buckley and is such a fun place to dine. Pub style menu with flatbreads, salads, and hot grinder sandwiches. The family-owned business is kid friendly with pool and table games. There is also an expresso bar and a gift shop with handmade gifts.
Anchor House Coffee Roasters
Chandeliers in a coffee shop? Surprising but Anchor House Coffee Roasters
is not your typical coffee shop. In addition to fabulous in house roasted coffee in a welcoming environment the company works to end human trafficking. The company donates 10% of their monthly revenue to Love Justice International and sells their products. They also sponsored the first Run to End Slavery held in Buckley.
The Scoop on Main Street
The Scoop on Main Street is a delight from the moment you walk in the door. Bright, festive colors and a retro vibe are such fun. Their motto is “Ice Cream solves everything” and it is so believable in this cheerful place. They serve ice cream and a variety of hot items such as hot dogs. The shop also has inexpensive toys and retro candy.
Where To Stay In Buckley
The Buckley Inn
is a cute local hotel within walking distance of the historic district. Lodging is also available at the Econo Lodge
, a Choice hotel. For quirky, outside the box lodging check out the Soul Yurt
offered through Airbnb. Tiny Home lovers will enjoy Breakfast at Tiffany’s Tiny Home on the Farm
also offered through Airbnb. It is on a farm, but the owners manufacture tiny homes at the site as well.
What To Do In Buckley
There is a lifetime of sights to see and things to do in Buckley. You’ll find plenty of parking in the historic district and can explore it on foot. Venture to area trails to explore the scenic outdoors surrounding Buckley.
Foothills Historical Museum
Visit the Foothills Historical Museum
to learn about the history of Buckley and northeast Pierce County. The museum highlights the railroad, logging, and mining industries in galleries with interpretive displays. Across the street explore historical buildings and equipment including a fire lookout tower and a steam donkey. Visitor information and maps are also available.
The Foothills National Recreation Trail
is a 21-mile trail that was once a historic railroad bed. It begins in Puyallup and terminates at the White River in Buckley. The asphalt trail is perfect for bicycles and hikers. Scenic sections have unobstructed views of Mt. Rainier and follow the Carbon River through farmland and forest. Eventually the trail will continue from Buckley to Enumclaw. The Pinnacle Peak Trail
is steep with 1,049-foot elevation gain but worth it for the views. The Skookum Flats Trail
is a well-maintained, relatively flat trail which runs alongside the White River.
The Buckley Log Show
is an annual event that takes place each year at the end of June. The event is a two-day logging competition with a parade down Main St. The Buckley Downtown Association
hosts a variety of events throughout the year including a holiday market and car shows.