Guide to Washington State Parks
Beautiful windswept beaches, old growth forests, miles and miles of hiking trails, freshwater lakes, waterfalls & amazing rock formations - Washington State Parks have something for everyone. + Find campgrounds near Washington State Parks.
Beacon Rock State Park
Located on the Columbia River, Beacon Rock is a wonderful destination for rock climbing. While staying at this park visitors can enjoy camping as well as water sports on the beautiful Columbia River. Visitors can also learn about the long history of the region as well. Technical rock climbers can spend time exploring the various faces of Beacon Rock for a fun challenge.
Camano Island State Park
Camano Island State Park has 6,700 feet of shoreline. The island's beaches are rocky, but visitors can enjoy the cool water in the summer and stunning views in the winter. This park has views of the surrounding mountains. While camping at this park visitors can try some shellfish harvesting. Camano Island State Park offers clam harvesting and more.
Cape Disappointment State Park
Previously known as Fort Canby State Park, Cape Disappointment State Park is located on the Long Beach Peninsula. Here at this park visitors can enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean and the fascinating coastal ecosystems. The park has ocean beach, two lighthouses and much more. While visiting this park travelers can hiking, spend time walking on the beach, and learning about the region at the interpretive center.
Columbia Hills State Park
Visitors to Columbia Hills State Park can enjoy views of the Columbia River, as well as plenty of recreation. The park is a good spot for water recreation, especially on the Horsethief Lake, which as created by the flooding from the Dalles Dam. In addition visitors can enjoy views of and from the Horsethief Butte.
Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass is known for its rugged cliffs and amazing views. Visitors will love hiking through the old-growth forests and being stunned by the views of Deception Pass. In addition the park has plenty of saltwater shoreline and there are even three lakes within the park, where visitors can enjoy freshwater recreation.
Dry Falls State Park
The Dry Falls are these amazing falls are the remnants of what was once the largest waterfall know to have existed on Earth. Visitors to the Dry Falls will see the 3.5 miles of sheer cliffs that drop 400 feet, which is a little over twice the drop of Niagara Falls. The Dry Falls were created by the collapse of one of the ice dams that held back the waters of the Glacial Lake Missoula. The flood that followed eventually created the Dry Falls. Visitors to Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park can learn all about the geological process that created these amazing falls at the Interpretive Center located in Sun Lake State Park in Coulee City. At the foot of the Dry Falls visitors will find over 73,000 feet of freshwater shoreline. Visitors to this area might also want to stop and enjoy some of the areas many lakes, as well as the Grand Coulee Dam and Coulee City.
Fort Worden State Park
This park was a 19th century military fort. Located on a bluff looking out over Puget Sound, visitors can enjoy exploring the remaining historic buildings of the military fort. The park is great for events and education, the Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum is just one of the facilities within the park. In addition this park is great for recreation. With lots of shoreline visitors an enjoy exploring the beach, boating, diving as well as hiking, biking and much more.
Iron Horse State Park
This park was formerly a part of the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad. Today visitors can enjoy hiking on the more than 100 miles of trails throughout the park. While hiking these trails visitors can enjoy amazing views of the Columbia River Valley. In addition visitors can explore the tunnels on the trails as well as enjoy a variety of other recreation including rock climbing and more. All visitors should make sure to see which trails and tunnels are open before visiting the park.
Larrabee State Park
Larrabee State Park is a beautiful park on Samish Bay near Bellingham. Visitors can enjoy the trails that wind throughout the various ecosystems and environments of the park. While enjoying this park visitors can enjoy the saltwater shoreline and the water recreation on the bay. In addition visitors can explore the lakes, tidelands and many trails within the park.
Steamboat Rock State Park
Located on the north end of Banks Lake, Steamboat Rock State Park is a great destination for summer water recreation and much more. Visitors will love the sandy area for swimming on the lake, as well as the wide range of water recreation available. In addition visitors can explore Steamboat Rock, a columnar, basaltic rock that takes up most of the views of the region. Steamboat Rock State Park also has wonderful wooded areas to explore as well as wildflowers and more.