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Moran State Park, Olga

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Moran State Park is the fourth largest state park in Washington, United States. Located on Orcas Island in the middle of the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound, Moran 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. Mount Constitution (elevation ) is a focal point of the park at the highest point in San Juan County.HistoryThe land for Moran State Park was donated to the state in 1921 by Seattle mayor and shipbuilder Robert Moran. Due to poor health, Moran moved to Orcas Island and between 1906 and 1909 built his estate, naming it Rosario. Wood and stone material found on the island were used to construct the estate's houses and buildings.In August 1935, 28 men from the 4768th Company of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) begin constructing a stone observation tower atop 2,409-foot Mount Constitution in Moran State Park on Orcas Island. Designed by noted Seattle architect Ellsworth Storey (1879-1960), the tower is the literal and figurative high point of eight years of work by crews from the CCC's Camp Moran. The observation tower sits at the highest point in the San Juan Islands and is boasted as the second best marine view in the western hemisphere behind Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The former Moran estate is privately operated as Rosario Resort and Spa and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Rosario mansion features a museum honoring Robert Moran, complete with original furnishings. The mansion's music room is home to a 1913 34-rank Aeolian pipe organ and 1900 Steinway grand piano, both of which are still played for visitors today. The Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the park's trails, roads, bridges, and buildings during the 1930s.
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  • I have really enjoyed the trail system of the park. I particularly loved the mount constitution hike. I only did the 2.86 mile round trip hike to the peak from cold springs up to mt constitution. It w...  more »
  • The view from he top of Mt. Constitution is wonderful. There is a tower at the top that is being rebuilt, but when it is completed the view will be even better. There's also a stone wall that creates ...  more »
  • This place is a hiker's dream. There are lakes and breathtaking heights. The view from Mount Constitution is amazing; you can see other islands in the Sound from the stone observation tower, built in ...  more »
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  • Beautiful scenic drive and hike through the whole park and up the mountain. So amazing to stand up so high and see all the islands in front you. Make sure you go all the way to the top of the tower. Side note: Make the adventure on a sunny day though, or your views will be engulfed in clouds!
  • Amazing views from mt Constitution. The place was gorgeous. Would love to come back and camp. Our favorite spot of the San Juan islands
  • One of my favorite places on Orcas Island. This is a State Park and anyone is allowed to use their facilities however a $30 parking pass is required. This is not a lot of money but I am sure they use the collection to keep it up and running. This park is a blessing to our community.
  • This is a must visit when on Orcas Island. The views are spectacular on Mount Constitution. Also, if you're up for a little hike go to Sunrise Rock. It has an awesome view of the lake.
  • This is a pretty state park on Orcas Island. The views from the top of the mountain are excellent. The trails are well maintained and the public restrooms are clean. Can't ask for more than that from a state park - 5 stars!