Deception Pass State Park is a stunning destination that spans a strait and a few islands. Come here for incredible views of Skagit Bay and the Salish Sea from the Canoe Pass Bridge. At Rosario Head, make sure to stop by the tide pools to see colorful birds and an array of marine life. If you're looking for a place to stay, camping by Bowman Bay is an excellent option. You can even enjoy a cozy bonfire at night. In the morning, go for a hike on the park's scenic trails along deep-blue lakes and amid the lush forest. – TripadvisorSee more..
4.5Point Defiance Park(1.254 reviews) - Fun time stopping at the fort Thursday: 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM State Parks • Zoos • Aquariums
Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along with a zoo and aquarium.See more..
4.5Fort Worden State Park(1.055 reviews) - Thanksgiving family reunion. State Parks • Military Bases & Facilities
Stroll along beautiful beaches and explore rows of Victorian-style houses: this park has something for everyone.See more..
This 36.32-acre park, located on the west side of San Juan Island, boasts over 2,550 feet of scenic shoreline.See more..
5.0Moran State Park(593 reviews) - Mt. Constitution drive is spectacular State Parks
I’ve hiked and driven up Mt. Constitution. There aren’t views along the hike so I’d recommend driving up at sunset, with a beverage or picnic. It’s breathtaking. Otherwise, kayak on Mountain Lake for a beautiful afternoon.See more..
My son and his family go here often, so when we visited last week they wanted to show us their favorite spot. So glad they did! I love history and this was in great shape with cannons still in place. Large area to fly kites and let the kids run. There is a fee but not sure how much. Park Rangers were checking cars to make sure they paid and had receipt. Lots of trails to explore. One leads down to beach area. We saw a pod of Orca whales going by just as we got there. Well worth the drive or there is a ferry. If driving you can enjoy Depception Pass just short distance away which is a must see if in the area.See more..
Palouse Falls State Park is well worth the drive from Walla Walla. It is a very unique setting and a beautiful waterfalls. This time our visit was in early January after some sub freezing temperatures in the area. The frozen ice on each side of the falls was spectacular.See more..
If you have a couple of hours this is a great place. Be sure to take your camera There is so much to see. By the water is outstanding. You could even take a picnic as there are tables through out the park I am sure that you will want to visit this place again and againSee more..
4.5Peace Arch State Park(221 reviews) - Great to get out of your car and see the gardens and the majestic arch Thursday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours State Parks
The park is open daily 8am to dusk. Visiting the park and its amenities is FREE. However there is a $10 per day parking fee to use the state park parking area. Walking tour, gardens, interpretive displays, bird watching, playground. Pets are welcome on leash. Annual sculpture exhibition May 1st, to October 1st. Annual sundae afternoon concert series in August.See more..
On a sunny day in June my family visited this park for the first time, mainly to check out the beach and hike through one of their trails in the woods with our dog. The parking lot wasn't very full, and they do require a Discovery Pass. We walked down to the beach area which was wide open with the tide all the way out. Very sandy beach, with a few pavilions for cookout parties. The view of the water at the beach was nice, but not as good as Discovery Park. We next hiked one of the trails into the forested area. The hiking trails were in good shape, but the park needs to put up more signage. It's easy to get lost because of all the cross trails and forks. We ended up having to back track and go back down the same trail to get back to our car.See more..
Lake Sammamish State Park is a 531-acre, day-use park with 6,858 feet of waterfront on Lake Sammamish. The area around the lake carries cultural significance as a gathering place for at least four Native American tribes. Although recreation is bound to keep the whole family busy, a salmon-bearing creek and a great-blue-heron rookery also provide birding and wildlife viewing opportunities.See more..
Second visit; the last time was in 2018. Still excellent - worth a detour. Beautiful 360 degree view of the Palouse from the summit on a clear day. We arrived on an August Sunday at noon, and the summit was deserted other than a departing bicyclist. During our 60 minute picnic stay three more cars arrived. We had a WA State Parks Pass so did not need to pay the single-time fee. (There is a machine at the summit parking lot that accepts payment.) NOTE: go to the very top for the best views. You'll know you are there when (1) there are no more ascending lanes and (2) there is a vault toilet. There is a small picnic area at the base of the butte with picnic tables set among apple trees, with a vault toilet. No running water, but the vault toilets were clean and had hand sanitizer.See more..
This is a lovely campground right along the beach. When we were here the weather was awful, pouring rain. But we still loved that we had a spot literally looking out at the beach and water. We had a camper van, and the power hookups were much appreciated. It was hard to cook outdoors in the weather, but I suppose most people could dirve into town (less than a mile) and find some food. We toughed it out, and really enjoyed being able to relax and look out at the ocean. In the morning, we were right there for a stroll on the beach. (The weather had cleared.) The bathrooms were fairly clean, and the showers were appreciated.See more..
We had a great time, the water was cold but apart from that we had a lot of fun. No too many people and everyone was following social distance. The store and the gift shop was close (covid-19), the cafe is open until 2pm. Not sure if the boat rental is open.See more..
I've been camping at this park since I first discovered it in 1993. It is an excellent place to paddle if you like sea kayaking, as there are quiet waters within the bay between Indian and Marrowstone islands, as well as more adventurous paddles around Indian island and back through the narrows at high tide on the south end. There is also excellent trail hiking, and if you have young children, there are old abandoned artillery gun emplacements from the first half of the 20th century to explore. You can get food about 10 miles away in Port Hadlock. Fishing is also excellent, and the views from the upper campground or from the lower one are superb!See more..
Great park, we camped in a tent, the tent spaces are very roomy. This campground has great walking trails in the woods and right by the Puget Sound. We got to see sea lions, dolphins and eagles. Great place for wild life watching and for a relaxing weekend getaway.See more..
Lake Chelan is a jewel. At a depth of 1486 ft is the 3rd deepest lake in the U.S. and 50.5 miles long, nestled between the arid mountains of eastern Washington. Mile upon mile of rugged natural beauty. The RV area of the campground sites, however are tightly packed. If neighbors are not courteous their loud conversation is annoying. The outer side of the RV park has plenty of shade. The inner side is much less shady. Not a problem in the spring/fall, but could be really sun baked in the summer. The restrooms were clean and we'll supplied. You must pay for tokens to use the shower...1 token = 3 mins. Tokens purchased via a dispenser at the ranger station. Passing vehicles on the nearby road are easily heard. The camp sites are very close to the lake, but not actually on the lake/beach. If the RV sites were better situated and with more space I would have given a 5-star. See more..
Very nice campground. A lot of fairly private sites to choose from. Restrooms very clean. Quiet at night as everyone respects the “quiet hours,” posted. Short walk to the ocean. Only drawback is the sewer drains are curved up spouts, hard to keep drain hose in.See more..
4.0Sacajawea State Park(82 reviews) - Take your time and enjoy! Thursday: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM State Parks
Sacajawea Historical State Park is a 267-acre day-use park at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers. The park is open 8 am to dusk (30 minutes after sunset) from April 1 to October 31. Park amenities include a kitchen shelter, picnic shelters, boat launch, 2 docks, swim beach, swings, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball court, and the Sacajawea Interpretive Center. The Interpretive Center is open from 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday-Sunday, and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment. Masks are currently required for all visitors regardless of vaccination status. The museum features interactive exhibits on the Corps of Discovery, Sacagawea and the Sahaptian-speaking tribes of the region. Stroll the green, tree-shaded grounds, and explore the Story Circle outdoor art installations by internationally known artist Maya Lin and outdoor exhibits on Lewis & Clark, the Ice Age Floods, and local history.See more..
My wife, son, and dog hiked with me here on a Sunday morning. The old monastery was still under renovation, but it looked beautiful from the outside. There was extra parking in the grass at the front of the monastery. Lots of nice trails through the forest. We took the half mile trail down to the beach, and the 1.2 mi north loop trail back up to the parking lot (steep climb). The beach is really nice, where kids were climbing on downed tree trunks over the water. Beautiful view of Lake Washington.See more..
We do an annual family tent camping trip and this was our first visit to Twin Harbors Beach State Park. A beautiful park, with an easy trail walk to a beautiful Pacific Ocean beach. The sites were wooded and except for the separate RV area, most were quite nicely separated from neighboring sites. Hot showers for a small fee, nice and helpful rangers. Gas station/general store within walking distance. Nights were chilly and early mornings tended to be foggy so warmer gear was much appreciated at those times. We liked this state park a lot!See more..
We only stayed long enough for my dog & me to walk downhill to the beach. It was the hike to the right of the amphitheater. It was a wide well kept trail with beauty on each side. It has a great view of Port Townsend bay. At the bottom of the trail was a picnic table. There wasn’t anyone around when I walked this trail. Before we went back to the truck, we walked around the Friends barn. We are here for 5 more days so now I know I must return. They hand out a nice trail map when you get there. See more..
This is a lovely area. There are campsites, restrooms, showers, picnic areas, a roped-off swimming area, a fishing pier. People go paddle boarding or boating. We were there on a Monday in late September, and it was not at all crowded. I appreciated the disability parking right by the lake. There are accessible restrooms there - in good condition, with running water. There are nice wide walking paths along the lake shore. It wasn't clear to me if they would be good for wheelchairs, but they were fine for someone with a bit of walking difficulty. Note that you need a "Discover Pass" to park here. We got our annual pass online, but you can buy it at the entrance.See more..
If you like hiking, this park is for you! There are trails everywhere and most are super easy. The kiddos will love the loop trail, especially when they get to cross the bridge over the Spokane River. Bring your camera and don't miss this outstanding state park. Note: You will need a Discover Pass or pay a $10 use fee. There are campgrounds, clean toilets, and lots of places to explore. Don't miss climbing up the overlook!See more..
This is our visit to the Seattle area for clamming. It is also our first try for clamming. We make sure that the tide was at least negative 1.5. According to the locals, the best area was about 1/4 mile walk from the parking area, near the bluff. We arrived at the beach about 1 hour before the low tide and saw the tide was in deed low and going out. The area was more rocky and full of green sea weed. When we see water shooting out and we would start digging close to the spot. We were successful at our first try and caught enough clams for a good meal.See more..
4.5Fort Ward Park(71 reviews) - Wonderful trails through woods and along beach State Parks
This is a great park for walking -- either through the woods on the upper part of the park or on the paved trail along the beach, which is wheelchair accessible . Historic military bunkers to explore and the beach is great nearshore habitat for marine critters. Using Park District maps for reference, you can walk along wooded trails from Blakely Harbor Park up to Fort Ward and then connect to Rich Passage and back for a great long hike.See more..
My 12 yr. old daughter and I hiked Beacon Rock on August 17, 2021. You can pay the day fee of $10 at an auto pay kiosk at the trail head. There are also bathrooms to use and I recommend using them prior to hiking up Beacon Rock. I also recommend wearing hiking boots/shoes and bringing water. The trail is well marked and it begins through the forest then starts going up switch back trails until you get to the top. The views are breathtaking from all angles. You get to see the Columbia River Gorge and the Washington State forest as well. The hike up is generally about 40 minutes up or so, minus rest breaks. I highly recommend doing this hike if you are in the Columbia River Gorge area.See more..
Dan was an incredible guide. He encouraged us to go sunset kayaking, which was truly an experience to last a lifetime. There were seals popping their heads out of the water and watching us watch the sunset. We got to see starfish and during the night portion we were fortunate to experience the bioluminescent algae. Really great time. Highly recommend booking with Dan.See more..
Beautiful Place. Except the Nazi Park Ranger running it. I believe in safety and comfort, for every visitor, everytime, but this guy is Out of control. Prejudging visitors behavior as soon as they drive into the park. Assuming everyone there is "up to something". And "interrogating" and belittling visitors until he is satisfied with himself.See more..
I don't know how we found out about this park but we've been there several times now, to take walks with our kids, mostly during the winter months. We loved walking way back to the camping areas and looping back towards the parking lot. Another time when it was slightly warmer, we walked to the water and wandered around there. We did see people in scuba gear one time. I looked it up and there's an artificial reef there! So cool! I know this park has more potential than we're aware of so we need to go back again to check it out, now that our kids are older, especially as the weather warms up.See more..
4.5Joseph Whidbey State Park(54 reviews) - Fantasic, spacious place to walk, play, be romantic, walk your dog! State Parks • Parks
This is a LOVELY spacious park with wonderful vistas. You can either take a trail near the beach, through the woods or walk on the beach...It is SO wide open..If you're a bird lover there are Northern Harriers here!See more..