Saint Edward State Park, Kenmore

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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  • 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 »
  • Just before leaving USA we once again visited this nice and well maintained park near our place in Kenmore.Its beautiful all round due to spring time. A walk to the lake on the trail is an added attra...  more »
  • Well maintain Clean and nice layout Beautiful park all season . You can reach to the beach. All decorated by greenery. Nice track and really great for walking around. Love to see the kids playing here. You can spend all day in the summer near the beach, you can find lots of reason to smile ... Have fun Bring fitness . Free parking
  • Well maintained park. Great play area for kids. Nice biking and walking trails. There are multiple trails, simple and hard. They are clearly marked. There is a nice building in the park whose public Access is closed. I wish they would let us see it from inside. The view is lake is great after a bit of hike.
  • Simply Great. This is my old stomping grounds and I still love it. I returned recently, 30+ years after my first encounter with the park and it's still mysterious and special. The old seminary remains at the center and trails abound with lots of nature to explore close too urban Seattle. This is the closest state park to Seattle - enjoy it!
  • My wife and I frequently go on hikes with our Border Collie and this is one of our regular go-to locations. Centered around an old cathedral, there are several hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult, that are generally not very crowded and quite beautiful. If you take the western trails, you can reach the shore of Lake Washington, which is gorgeous. Aside from the hiking trails, there is a rec center, a pool, a baseball field, and a large playground.
  • The trails seemed well maintained, there's a beautiful beach area and nice wooden "castle" playground for kids. There are many field areas for picnics. I went down a few of the trails, with beach access in around 0.5 mile. I saw a lot of younger children and older adults by the beach.

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