Washington has an extensive state park system that showcases our region's natural beauty. From dense evergreen forests to high ocean bluffs, the splendor of the Northwest is best experienced at a leisurely pace. Here is a look at some of the State Parks within the North Puget Sound area:
Located on the outskirts of Bellevue, Bridle Trails is a day-use park for the horse-lover in the big city. 28 miles of horse-friendly trails wind through Douglas firs and western hemlocks. Weekend horse shows are common during the summer months.
During his Northwest explorations, English Captain George Vancouver initially thought Whidbey Island to be a peninsula. When he found the passage and realized his mistake, he dubbed it "Deception Pass" to commemorate the error. Deception Pass State Park is a 4,134-acre camping and marine park full of breathtaking views and abundant wildlife. The park is a water paradise with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline, 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on four lakes, 8 total boat ramps and over 1,000 feet of total dock. 178 tent sites and 83 utility sites provide ample camping space.
Located just east of the city of Issaquah, Lake Sammamish State Park is a 512-acre day-use park on the waterfront of Lake Sammamish. The park has 9 boat ramps on the lake and numerous facilities for picnics. Horseshoe pits and athletic fields are also located within the park.
|Deception Pass State Park|
This 134-acre camping park offers sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and great opportunities for shellfish harvesting. Two boat ramps are located within the park, as well as several hiking trails and a large athletic field. The initial development of the park was accomplished in one single day back in 1949, as nearly 900 volunteers from Stanwood and Camano Island worked to build the park.
The biggest attraction in this alpine park is the old fire lookout at the summit of Mt. Pilchuk. Those who brave the strenuous three-mile hike through alpine heather and large rock formations are rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Cascades, Olympics and Puget Sound. The lookout itself rests fully 5324 feet above sea level. A number of additional trails provide still more alpine hiking opportunities.
Formerly the site of a Catholic Seminary, Saint Edwards is now a 316-acre day-use park with 3,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on the north end of a Lake Washington. The park includes many picnic and outdoor play areas, and the original 1931 seminary building is still on the premises. An indoor swimming pool and gymnasium are also available.
|Mount Pilchuk State Park|
Wallace FallsLocated in the Cascade Mountains northeast of Monroe, Wallace Falls State Park includes old-growth forests, rapid rivers and streams, and a 265-foot waterfall. The park totals 4,375 acres and 12 miles of hiking trails and 5 miles of biking trails. Cougars, falcons, and elk are just some of the animals you may see within the park.
For more information on park programs and a complete list of state parks, visit the Washington State Parks homepage.