My grandparent's would bring me here on outings, we used to watch the coal trains wind their way across the mountain on the other side of the valley. Absolutely gorgeous place, you definitely should make time to visit if you can.
Beacon Rock State Park: The World's Biggest Monolith. Beacon Rock State Park is a year-round camping park with historic significance dating back hundreds of years. The park includes feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River.