Whidbey Island Community Parks
City, State & County Parks
Deception Pass State Park
Washington's favorite state park. Visitors flock to see the spectacular bridge and Pass. Because of Whidbey Island's temperate climate, many birds and waterfowl winter here, including an abundance of bald eagles. Fishing is popular in Cranberry Lake and in waters surrounding the Island. Charters are available at Cornet Bay's marina. Sightseeing, dinner, and whale-watching cruises are available from many nearby sites. Tent and RV camping are available year round.
Maxwelton Beach park
One of South Whidbey Islands best public beaches. Hunt for sea shells, interesting stones, watch for wildlife, swim, sun bath, picnic or just relax and enjoy the spectacular views of the Olympic mountains. There is plenty of romping room here! The kids will have the time of their lives. There's also a nice baseball field available.
Ala Spit Park
Island County's newest recreation area and a special favorite of bird watchers. A broad, open area with splendid water and mountain vistas, Ala Spit and vicinity offer unique views of the Skagit River mud flats and attendant bird and marine life.
Joseph Whidbey State Park
Stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands, and Vancouver Island. A place to stroll the beach, enjoy the scenery, and watch winter and spring bird migrations. The park and West Beach Road immediately to the south are great locations for watching winter storms and their aftermath-Puget Sound's only true surf! Cowabunga, dude! Picnic facilities near the beach. Day use only.
Years of silting and partial filling of what was once the largest lake on Whidbey has produced a major wetland. Home to numerous transitory and resident waterfowl and other wildlife.
Extensive tidelands feature great clamming and world-famous Penn Cove mussels. See great blue herons and the results of heavy tidal action. In clear weather, climb Grasser's Hill and enjoy an incredible panorama of Mt. Baker, Penn Cove, Coupeville, and Camano Island.
Fort Ebey State Park
Part of the original "Triangle of Death," Ft. Ebey protected Puget Sound from invasion. It now offers miles of hiking trails and stunning high-bluff views of Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula. Hike or bike the Kettles Trail (10) into the town of Coupeville.
Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
The nation's first such reserve, and part of the National Park Service. An area mostly privately owned but dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of historic lands and buildings. Beach, bluff, trails and magnificent views of farms, prairie, Admiralty Inlet, the waters of Penn Cove, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and Oak Harbor Airport are within its boundaries. Tune in 1610 on your AM radio for more information.
Kettles Trail Park
Island County's newest trail connects Coupeville and Ft. Ebey State Park via unusual Ice Age geologic formations known as "kettles." Wonderful for biking, horseback riding, or just a scenic stroll.
Fort Casey and Keystone State Parks
Originally the major focus of the "Triangle of Death" designed to prevent a naval invasion, Fort Casey now welcomes visitors to its battlements and the charming Admiralty Head Lighthouse. The fort's 10-inch "disappearing" guns are now aimed across busy shipping lanes filled with freighters, and passenger ships, as well as naval cruisers, aircraft carriers, and submarines. Don't miss beautiful Crockett Lake and Keystone Spit, adjacent to Fort Casey. Both abound with birds and marine life. Unforgettable vistas of water and mountains await. Take the ferry to Port Townsend from here or check out the activities at the Casey Conference Center. Keystone State Park is a favorite of fishermen and scuba divers.
Hancock Nature Reserve & Overlook
A World War II bombing practice site is now a saltwater estuary with protected birds and animal species. The reserve is also the foreground for stunning sunsets behind the Olympic Mountains. The overlook is east of the highway.
Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens
53 acres and miles of trails provide color and serenity year round for nature and garden lovers.
South Whidbey State Park
Impressive old-growth forest. Appealing campsites, with picnic areas and barbecue pits. An extensive hiking trail provides a fun educational experience on a forest walk, or take the high bluff trail down through the old-growth forest to a secluded sandy beach.
An "off-highway delight" with beautiful views of Holmes Harbor. Convenient to many Island attractions, Freeland offers a full range of services, restaurants, shopping and overnight comfort. Launch your boat at Freeland Park on protected Holmes Harbor. Enjoy outstanding winter salmon fishing here or play the scenic 18 hole Holmes Harbor Golf Course.
Double Bluff Beach Park (Whidbey's best Beach!)
Miles of broad, sandy beach, tidal pools, and unusual bluff erosion. Also evidence of violent glacial action. One of Whidbey's best bets for glimpsing an elusive gray whale.
Saratoga Woods Park
Whidbey Islands newest park. The Metcalf Trust Lands and reserved DNR lands adjoin the park and share their trail systems. A mammoth "glacial eradic" stone the size of a house sits along a side trail.
The Mukilteo-Clinton ferry provides the quickest surface access to Whidbey from the Seattle metropolitan area and Sea-Tac airport. Drive time (including ferry) to Clinton from Sea-Tac is about an hour and a half. Clinton has a nine-hole golf course (Island Greens), and fishing is available at Deer Lake, Possession Point County Park (which also has a boat launch ramp and beach access),and the Clinton Fishing Pier.
Dan Porter Memorial Park-Is located in Clinton on Deer Lake Road.
Cama Beach State Park
Cama Beach State Park, with its historic fishing resort, restored cabins and camping, Environmental Learning Center, a mile long beach front and ADA accessible trails will make for a wonderful outdoor experience for all.
South Whidbey Community Park-also headquarters for South Whidbey Parks and Recreation is located on Maxwelton Road. Phone 360-221-4677.
Seawall Park-with Totem poles and great views of Saratoga Passage, is located In Langley at the North end of Anthes Avenue.
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