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Discovery Park, Seattle

Categories: Nature & Parks, Jogging Paths, Outdoor Activities
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4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
Take in the classic view of the lighthouse in Discovery Park, which marks the westernmost point of the city. Set out on the 4.5 km (2.8 mi) Discovery Park Loop Trail, the main route leading to all the park's paths. The 19.01 km (11.81 mi) of pathways weave through woods and grassy prairies and past beaches. If you'd like to drive to the beach, you'll need a permit, which you can pick up at the Environmental Learning Center near the east parking lot. Stop by the cultural center in the park to enjoy art and music events in the inspiring, natural setting. Add Discovery Park and other attractions to your Seattle trip itinerary using our Seattle vacation trip planner.
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  • Large park over in Magnolia...lots of trails to choose from for all levels. We took the long trail all the way down to the lighthouse...which will definitely have your heart elevated - worth every ste...  read more »
  • Beautiful area with plenty of hiking. I was impressed with the size of this park. You can get a great view of the Sound from here with decent elevation changes. 
  • Discovery Park is a hidden gem very close to downtown Seattle. If you have a car it is a 25- 30 minute drive from downtown Seattle. There are multiple hiking trails and you can hike down to the water....  read more »
  • A nice patch of greenery near Seattle with nice hiking trails. It may be a little too civilized since there are flush toilets (with strange looking hand dryers) scattered around, but there is plenty of wildness to be had, all of it accessible from city bus stops!
  • Great spot for majestic views, long walks, and a relaxed little piece of Pacific Northwest nature in the heart of the city. Bring your dog if you'd like - plenty of space for them to run around and roam. The best part about this park is that it's beautiful no matter what time of year you visit!
  • Discovery park is a beautiful park very large. The park offers many different spots to see the ocean from. Many different hiking trails; great place to bring your dog to play. There are what I would consider 3 sections to Discovery Park. The first section being "The Cliff" which is what it says. A large area of land with sand, grass and trees that overlook the sound. Many people there participate in drawing the scenery there or go tanning. The second part of the park would be "Beach Access" to actually park down at the beach access a discovery pass is required otherwise you will be walking up and down a steep hill for what feels about a mile. At the beach access you can play in the water, enjoy a nice picnic or just relax to the sounds of the public and ocean waters. Lastly, there is the 3rd section the hiking. There are many areas to hike in here. From "The Cliff", to sections down near the cemetery that is across the street from the public restrooms at the information Center close to the beach access.
  • Great urban park located right on the Sound. It offers a number of different well-maintained trails and a beautiful waterfront to break at. It lets you feel like you have left city without having to travel out of it.
  • Every visit I make to Discovery park I 'discover' something new! I find the park is a bit out of the way being in Magnolia but it is a 18-25 min car or 20-30 min bus ride from downtown and well worth the trip. (The 33 and the 24 will get you close to the park) The park always has a good deal of people in it, bicyclists, families, runners, people playing sports, but it is always relatively quiet and never feels packed. I recommend the zip line in the playground, taking the loop trail that goes along the water and exploring a trail or two.
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