The city of Anacortes, Washington, is located on Fidalgo Island, approximately 80 miles north of Seattle. Anacortes has been called "The gateway to the San Juans," as it is known for its ferry service to neighboring Shaw Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island and the San Juan Islands. Anacortes features five freshwater lakes, plus more than 3,000 acres of forestland and recreational parks, including the largest, Washington Park, which is situated on the northwest coast of the island.
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Washington Park is the largest recreational park in Anacortes, encompassing more than 220 acres of forestland and beaches. Visitors will find a number of outdoor activities available here, in addition to scenic views, a boat launch and picnic area. Wildlife is also abundant, and it is not uncommon to see such species as rabbits, deer, squirrels, coyotes and various birds. Washington Park is open year round from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Beaches and Boat Launch
Not far from your Anacortes inn, you'll find a couple of nice beaches at Washington Park. The main beach is clearly visible as soon as you enter the park. It is situated to the right of the park's entrance and features a grassy picnic area and a nice-sized, no-fee boat launch. Washington Park's second beach can be found along its scenic loop drive. It is accessible via stairs leading down to the beach. It boasts an abundance of sea life such as sea urchins, crab, fish and starfish. Beaches are a combination of sand, pebbles and rocks, so be sure to wear appropriate water shoes.
From Washington Park's lookout points, visitors will see breathtaking views of the water, beaches and on a clear day, the nearby San Juan Islands. Embark on the scenic loop drive that is approximately two miles in length. It has a series of turnout areas with exceptional views. The South Bluff area offers a number of walking trails that lead to various viewpoints of Anacortes Skyline Marina and the surrounding cityscape, Burrows Island and Burrows Bay, as well as miles of Pacific Ocean waters.
Best Hiking Trail
A short drive from your Anacortes bed and breakfast, you'll find the Washington Park Trail. Plan to spend the day hiking this trail, as it is almost 5 miles long. However, it is easy enough for anyone of any age, including children, because its elevation gain is only a gradual incline of around 10 feet. Sights to look for along this trail include Green Point, where you'll have views of the San Juan Islands and Rosario Strait. Animal sightings reported along this trail include hawks and bald eagles, and you can look for water animals as well such as harbor seals, porpoises and orca whales.
This Anacortes park offers a number of on-site facilities including three covered picnic areas, numerous picnic tables, barbecue grills and fire pits. There is also a children's playground and open play area for kids. Restrooms are located near the main beach and in the park's campground area.