I am splitting this up into 2 parts because while this is all the same area, there are 2 distinct areas in question. This part deals with Hover park.
Hover park is a public park located to the east of Finley. There are several ways to get there, but the best way is to get on Meals road and follow it out until Toothaker road. You can either take Toothaker until it turns into hover road to access a good offroading trail, or you can cross the tracks into the main part of the park at Cushman Road. This will lead you to a railroad crossing next to the river. This is an unmarked crossing. So BE CAREFUL WHEN CROSSING. That is the main line for BNSF and there are trains that go through there all the time. Do not attempt to out run a train because you will not make it. Also do not hang around the tracks because that is railroad property and if you are caught that is a federal offense. And yes that area has been heavily patrolled by not only local police, but BNSF police also. And don’t let the BNSF police car fool you. This is a federal police officer for the FRA, and yes they are armed. Not only that, they are commissioned state patrol and local police. These are real police with real jurisdiction. So stay off and away from the rail.
That said, once you get on the other side, you will be on property owned by Kennewick General Hospital. There is no dumping, and as far as I know, no shooting allowed on the property. The property stops just on the other side of the rail. The other side of the fence is owned by a farmer. This farm is privately owned, and they do not allow trespassers to my knowledge. Although in part 2 I will be showing you a farm that does allow public access.
Hover is a park that used to be the town of Hover that suffered the same fate as Aisnworth. (See “Ainsoworth”). In fact, if you look straight across the river, you wil be looking at the Ainsowrth townsite. There is not much left of the city though, just a few small foundations. The park is a field of cheat grass, and wild wheat and rye. The roads are also unmaintained, and dip and dive. So bring the truck. It’s nothing 4 wheel drive can’t handle though. There are places to explore, and trails to walk in a beautiful riverside landscape. Also bring a fishing pole, because there are all sorts of good spots to fish.
All of the roads are open to public access out there, but there are some that have trees covering them, so be careful. Also over on the southeast side of the park on the other side of the tracks are several roads that kind of wind around and don’t really go anywhere. Bring the Jeep for this one. And be ready to lock it in 4 wheel drive. Some of the roads are pretty hairy. But they make for good off-roading. There are some that lead to the other side of a fence. Do not go beyond the fence, it’s private property.
When you’re out there, you will see where people have come and dumped things in holes and everywhere else. Don’t sink to their level and add to the the garbage. Go to the dump and get rid of your garbage there.
If you wanna place to go to see some amazing views of the river, and see something new, Hover is the place to go. It’s great if you wanna go fishing and hiking. You may find though that the park is a popular place to be. But for good reason. It’s beautiful there.