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Saint Edward State Park, Kenmore

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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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  • Beautiful State park for a walk/hike. Lots of trails that vary in difficulty. Home of the old Seminary building...Beautiful structure that needs to be saved! Gotta have a Discovery pass to park or pay...  read more »
  • Saint Edward State Park is near my home and work and I have visited the park regularly since moving to the area over seven years ago. I know all the trails and have used them for hiking and biking. Th...  read more »
  • Attended the Western Washington All British Field Meet On July 23, 2016. There were 380 old British cars leaking oil on the grounds of Saint Edward. The grounds are a little ratty and unkempt. The tra...  read more »
  • A beautiful escape from the suburb that surrounds it. I love St. Edward St Park's trails, as it allows you to adjust the difficulty of your walk. Each trail is clearly marked with the difficulty so if I am taking my old dog with me I can stick to the easy or moderate trails or can do the difficult ones when it is just me. The grounds and trails are well kept up.
  • Love this park, trails & beach! Walking from the parkinglot to the trails i seemed to "trespass" on a summer camp. The counselors rudely were telling me off when they saw i was with a woman and child. Then they were less bothered by my trespassing but informed me they dont want strangers walking through their camp.. I snarlingly said "i didnt realize i was on private property ;)" MAYBE they should rope off the "private" area the camp uses. Until then, i will continue walking from my car to the trail through the wide open grassy space that i bought a Discover Pass ($30/annual) to enjoy.
  • This a great park to visit. Several trails each marked with distance and difficulty levels so you pick what's best for you. Walk down to Lake Washington. Also has a nice playground for the kids to enjoy one side for the bigger kids the other for the little ones. There is a grotto that make a nice wedding venue as well.
  • This is one of the best parks in Seattle for kids of all sizes. There is a toddler area with many swings, a sand box, small bridge, fort, and slide. The big kids area has many swings, climbing areas, slides, and hiding places. There are musical toys throughout for the kids to find as well. There are BBQ and picknic areas and hikes down to Lake Washington. The only hitch to this park is you have to purchase either a Discovery Day pass for $10 or the yearly pass for $30 in order to park as it is a state park.
  • Unique children's playground, check! Huge uncrowded open spaces to do anything you want, check! Gorgeous forest bike and hiking paths, check! All sporting fields, check! Gymnasium, check! Beautiful abandoned monastery...yep, that too, check! Oh, and deer that come out at twilight sometimes, check, check, & check!
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