Metaline Falls is an often-overlooked town in the northeast corner of Washington, but this community, with a population of less than 300, is full of opportunities to get outside and reconnect with nature. Sullivan Lake to the east of town is the largest natural lake in the Colville National Forest. Family friendly trails run along the shore of the lake and swimming areas are well marked. To make the most of your weekend, reserve a campsite online (East or West Campgrounds) and set up camp Friday evening. Wake up Saturday and spend the morning paddleboarding before heading to your next destination: Gardner Cave. Located in Crawford State Park, Gardner Cave is a limestone cave approximately forty minutes’ drive from Sullivan Lake. Guided tours are offered every Thursday through Monday in June through September. For more information on Gardner Cave check out this article written by Out There Monthly columnist, Holly Weiler. On Sunday pack everything back in the car and stretch your legs with a hike along the short Elk Creek Falls Trail or the longer Lakeshore Trail before driving home ready to start the work week.