Saint Edward State Park, Kenmore

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Saint Edward State Park is a 316acre-park in Kenmore, Washington and Kirkland, Washington. It is part of the Washington State Park System. Before becoming a Catholic seminary and later a state park, the area was logged in the 19th century and again in the 1920s. A series of trails runs through the park for bicyclists and hikers. The forest canopy is primarily made up of the Coast Douglas-fir, Western Redcedar, Bigleaf Maple, Pacific Madrone and Western Hemlock. Its dense carpet includes many varieties of fern (mainly Western Sword Fern), shrub and moss. It is flanked on the west by an undeveloped beach on Lake Washington. The park surrounds the Saint Thomas Center, which houses Bastyr University.FacilitiesSaint Edward Seminarythumb The park's most singular feature is the Saint Edward Seminary, listed on the Washington State Heritage Register since 1997 and added in April 2007 to the National Register of Historic Places. This large, historic building has fallen into disrepair in recent years. It is not currently accessible to the public except by special arrangement, e.g. renting the refectory for special events.
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  • What a wonderful place to hike and feel deep in nature, but still close to town. Access to LakeWashington, a fun wood play structure for hours of entertainment for the little ones, plenty of open spac...  more »
  • Great place for a quick Hike in the woods. Has some nice uphill challenges. Dog friendly, Walk down to the lake and let the pooches or kids take a dip. Has bike trails as well. You need the discover p...  more »
  • This park has so mu h to offer. Miles of walking/mountain bike trails,a great playground for kids, picnic tables and lots of open grassy area. There is also and event venue. There are concerts in the ...  more »
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  • I have only seen a fraction of this giant park. There's a big playground with a special toddler section, big open fields, wooded areas, and public restrooms. There's also the old seminary building and a picnic area. Like all Washington state parks, parking is $10, or free if you have a Discover pass (highly recommended.) Parking is kind of limited and absolutely impossible during special events. Also, there's construction on the old seminary through 2020, according to signs. So come mid-week and/or have an alternate destination; nearby Rhododendron Park is also good for kids.
  • Great place for hiking, dirt biking, thinking & connecting with native plants. There is quite a bit of history behind Saint Edward State Park making it mysterious, eerie & beautiful. I'd recommend finding the old monestary temple to meditate & looking for ghosts in the watchtower of the old building where they housed the young men who worked on constructing the hiking trails throughout the park. My favorite trails connect with Lake Washington for an amazing view of the sun setting & a great place for lake side picnics.
  • Great park! Plenty of trails for bikes, hikers, and joggers. Love using this place to train a little for inclines. They had a free concert in the park last time I was there that gave some great background music for the run. Don't forget your Discovery Pass.
  • The playground here is amazing, must be the most elaborate we've been to. The trails are really nice for a little hike or mountain biking. I wish there was more of a beach along the lake, but it's still a nice place foot a quick dip.
  • Nice hike to the lake. We went down to the lake via the grotto trail and hiked up along the seminary trail. Round trip is around one mile. We went on a Saturday evening around 5 PM and it wasn’t very crowded. Its a good place to swim and have a nice picnic.
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