Steve’s Favorite WA State Parks

If you want to get outside this weekend, you’re in luck because Washington’s State Parks, AND all National Parks, are FREE this Sunday (August 25th). Ditch your Discover Pass, nix your National Park pass and just drive right into any park this Sunday!

If you are unfamiliar with Washington State Parks check out my Top 5!


5.  Penrose Point State Park

As the site of one of the first camping trips I can remember, Penrose Point State Park holds a very special place in my heart. You can enjoy your time in the deep woods AND sit along the shores of Puget Sound.

4. Palouse Falls State Park

If you’re looking for a showstopper, make a trip out to Palouse Falls State Park. The falls are over 200 feet high and make for a great photo-op. The Washington Trails Association recommends to time your visit with the sunset to get the best photos possible.

3. Fort Worden State Park

If you’re a military buff, you should absolutely check out Fort Worden State Park. This park features old military emplacements and restored Victorian Era Homes. The park also features trails, campsites, shoreline and more!

2. Columbia Hills State Park 

The Columbia River George is one of the most breathtaking sites in all of Washington State. The Gorge was carved out by the Missoula Floods that frequently brought water, ice and boulders through the region, toward the end of the last ice age. On the trails, you’ll find views of Mt. Hood to the south and Mt. Adams to the north.

  1. Deception Pass State Park

It’s a long drive from the Yakima Valley, but if you want to see the best State Park in Washington, make the trek to Deception Pass State Park. Visitors can fish and swim in the lake, hike through the forest, walk along the shores of Puget Sound (look for whales and seals) and, if you aren’t afraid of heights, check out the bridge that connects Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island!