This gorgeous park surrounds Deception Pass - the inlet which separates Whidbey and Fidalgo Island. It's best known for its photogenic bridge, on which you can walk along its pedestrian path. There's also an area just below where you can explore by the turquoise-blue water.
It's so relaxing to go for a stroll along the sandy beaches here. You can also go fishing, kayaking or canoeing out on the water. The marine park features miles of saltwater shoreline, freshwater lakes, tide pools and sand dunes. There's an abundance of wildlife to see (including 174 different types of birds) and sweeping views of the mountains and nearby islands.
The old-growth forest in this park is amazing to wander through. There are 38 miles of trails total (and 3 miles of biking trails) to make for a hiking paradise. Be sure to check out the easy, yet scenic Bowman Bay/Rosario Beach Trail.
If you love to be out in nature, this park can serve as a perfect place to go camping as well. It offers three different campgrounds, two of which are seasonal. Cranberry Campground is located remotely in the forest, and Bowman Bay is not far from the beach. Quarry Pond Campground is open year-round, right by a small one-acre lake.
As the weather gets warmer, a picnic here should also be on your calendar. This park provides five kitchen shelters with electricity and six without, all of which were built in the 1930s. There are a number of picnic tables where you can sit and eat outside, as well as plenty of space to lay a blanket out on the grass.
It may not be spring yet, but this captivating park in Washington can make for an unforgettable trip no matter what time of year it is. Be sure to bring along a camera to capture all of the picture perfect surroundings.
Have you been to this state park in Washington before? Where’s your favorite place to explore?