South Whidbey Island State Park, Whidbey Island

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
South Whidbey State Park is a Washington state park in Island County. It consists of 347acres of old-growth forest and tidelands with of shoreline on Admiralty Inlet. The park contains many mature specimens of western red cedar, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, and western hemlock, some of the largest on Whidbey island, including one "Giant Cedar" over 500 years old.HistoryWhen the park was created in 1974 it consisted of approximately 87 acres of shoreline along Puget Sound. In 1977 local citizens filed a lawsuit against the Washington Department of Natural Resources, which managed the park, when they learned that the state agency planned to grant logging contracts on an adjacent 267 acre parcel of land known as "Classic U," which contained one of the few remaining stands of old-growth conifers on the island. Activists pursued legal solutions to prevent logging of the parcel, forming a nonprofit foundation called Save the Trees and seeking a temporary injunction on logging from the state government. Many also practiced civil disobedience—laying down in front of bulldozers to prevent the destruction of ancient trees.
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  • We liked this park better than Deception Pass. Fewer people, love.y paths even a spot with old growth forest and different but equally spectacular views 
  • South Whidbey State Park has plenty of wooded trails, beach access and natural beauty. If you have never seen a real, old-growth tree ... set a date and come explore this natural resource. 
  • Having just moved here recently and a shutterbug, I've been trying to find more trails to explore. However, it's winter, the rainy season, and you have to take advantage of a sunny day! I went in the ...  read more »
  • No longer open to camping, and beach trail currently closed for storm damage, the state is thinking of selling off the state park. This used to be a popular camping destination, so we don't understand why it cannot be brought back into use. Seems suspicious.
  • As you would expect walking down the trails let's you escape into the wilderness. With the exception of the closed beach trail it was all good.
  • Quiet and pretty there!
  • We've camped there. Old Growth? Looked like standard second growth! Like many other places in WA logged 100 years ago. For old growth I would expect to see 500 year trees 5 feet in diameter or more.
  • Sandy beaches, lovely shoreline, great view and minimally obscured horizon. High tide waves are wonderful and do not get too high here. Parking can be found easily outside the park entrance, thereby not requiring a Discovery Pass. Attached on the south end to a series of beach houses - try to avoid their backyards!
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