Nestled in the Wildcat Creek Valley, McCleary boasts the magnificent, historic McCleary Hotel and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities.
McCleary is the home of the famous International McCleary Second Growth and Bear Festival. The Bear Festival is held the second weekend of July, with a parade, bear stew and many activities.
The Annual City-Wide Garage Sale draws shoppers from all over the region on the 3rd Saturday in September.
This is a wonderful area for recreational activities including hiking, swimming, fishing, hunting, motorbiking, horseback riding and camping. The 91,000 acre Capital Forest abuts McCleary and is open to the public. Local timber companies open their land for recreational use. Seven-acre Beerbower Park provides playground equipment for the children, picnic tables, barbecue and kitchen area, and restrooms. It features an antique locomotive purchased by Henry McCleary in 1905 and later donated it to the City in 1962 by Simpson Timber Company.
The well-lighted baseball field, basketball court and skateboard park are used freely by all. The city cemetery borders the Community Center, as well as a small park and playground.
The McCleary Hotel, built by town founder Henry McCleary in 1912 to house special guests, is on the State and Federal Historic Registers. The McCleary Museum at Carnell House includes displays of historical photographs, logging equipment, farm tools, housewares, miniatures, and other memorabilia. The museum is open between noon and 4 pm weekends during the Summer. Group tours are available throughout the year by arrangement (call 360-495-3450). The Butterfly Garden, a small nursery with a beautiful display of plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, is open to visitors and group tours May through September.
Visit the McCleary Community Chamber of Commerce website: www.cityofmccleary.com/chamber.htm for more information, events calendar and photos.