Moran State Park, Olga

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Moran State Park is a public recreation area on Orcas Island in Puget Sound's San Juan Islands in the state of Washington, United States. The state park encompasses over 5,000 acres of various terrain including forests, wetlands, bogs, hills, and lakes. It is the largest public recreation area in the San Juan Islands and the fourth largest state park in the state. A park focal point is the observation tower atop Mount Constitution. In 2013, the state park was added to the National Register of Historic Places.HistoryThe park was originally the estate of Seattle mayor and shipbuilder Robert Moran. Due to poor health, Moran moved to Orcas Island and between 1906 and 1909 built his estate, which included a large mansion named Rosario. Wood and stone material found on the island were used to construct the estate's houses and buildings. In 1921, Moran gave a large portion of his property to the state of Washington for the creation of Moran State Park. The mansion and its grounds remain in private hands, operated as Rosario Resort and Spa.In August 1935, 28 men from the 4768th Company of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began constructing a stone observation tower atop 2409ft Mount Constitution. Designed by noted Seattle architect Ellsworth Storey, the tower became the literal and figurative high point of eight years of work by crews from the CCC's Camp Moran.
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  • Enjoyed hiking around the lake. Trail is in excellent shape and it is basically level. Parking is available right at trail head and you need a forest pass which you can buy just as you enter the Moran...  more »
  • Absolutely stunning views, whether you opt for lake views or hike views. There's a lot to offer and it doesn't take too much effort- if thats your thing. Easy nature=)  more »
  • Taking a drive up Mount Constitution never gets old! We saw about 15 deer while driving through Moran State Park & up on Mount Constitution. Lots & lots of photo opportunities!  more »
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  • The lakes are great but the trails and summit views are absolutely awesome. The camp grounds are nice and the views can be great from the campsite. The beach and swimming area is nice as well. A good place to paddle board and swim if you like cold water. Mt. Constitution peak is a must see and you can drive all the way up there! Super beautiful!
  • We spent two nights here in late July and had an awesome stay! The way the campsites are tiered allows for a sense of seclusion even with neighbors on all sides. Cell service is minimal at best in the campground and if reception is a must, you may need to drive into the nearby town. Bathrooms were clean and have coin-operated showers. Campground is within short walking distance of Cascade Lake, where boat rentals and a snack shop are nearby. We also enjoyed our hike to Mt. Constitution via the Cascade Lake Trailhead. Overall, five stars from us!
  • This is a stunning park to camp, walk and play. You cannot beat the views when you drive up to the top. The tower shows you all of the little islands you are looking at which is very neat to see. There is a new bathroom as well in the parking area. The camping is hard to beat when you can drive or cycle a short distance to Cascade Falls, walk to the lake, rent paddle boats, enjoy private campgrounds and flushing toilets. Was a wonderful experience.
  • Great state park offering camping with showers, 5 freshwater lakes, Mt. Constitution with stunning views. Stop at Cascade Lake for kayak, boat rental and a small swimming beach. Ice cream and gift shop. Many awesome hiking trails and beautiful coniferous forests.
  • Amazing park. We spent three days camping at north end portion. The camping was very good and quite. Only one shower for bathroom and quarter are needed. We had great time at the lake beach close by and visited the summit. Ideal for children but also a lot of activities for adult.
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