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Deception Pass State Park

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Address: 5175 N State Hwy 20, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277
Phone Number: 360-675-2417
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Activities: Hiking
Description: This isn't a lie: with over 30 miles of hiking trails, this park is one of...
This isn't a lie: with over 30 miles of hiking trails, this park is one of the premier hiking destinations in the country.
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Beautiful Bowman Bay Camping

When considering camping at Deception Pass, it is highly recommended to book early to get one of a dozen (or so) camp spots that are north of the main campground at Bowman Bay... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

When considering camping at Deception Pass, it is highly recommended to book early to get one of a dozen (or so) camp spots that are north of the main campground at Bowman Bay. Most spots here are private, some with bay views, all are scenic with close access to beach, play fields + hiking trails. A little less hectic than... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

I definitely recommend that you visit at least once if you live within a couple hours of this state park. I have gotten there relatively early in the morning (before (9AM) on a Saturday and there are plenty of parking spaces and not too many cars driving by. If you're up for it, you definitely should walk all the way... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Walk on the bridge if you are not afraid of height. About 1/3 mile long for the two bridges. The scenery is very beautiful.

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Tacoma, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We visited Deception Pass State Park primarily to walk across the bridges (Canoe Pass to the north and Deception Pass to the south of Pass Island which occupies the middle of the entire passage). If you park in the lot on the south end of the bridge, then you will have to pay the $10 for a day pass, but... More 

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We came here on a holiday weekend but were early enough, that once we hiked a bit, we were away from the crowds. The choice of hiking paths is excellent and you can get a guide to trails for $2 when you check in - which was worth it for us. Wonderful views and amazing forests - ferns were unbelievable.... More 

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Hayden, Idaho, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

the whole park was pretty cool. nice beaches and facilities as well as some huge trees. Spent several hours hiking and exploring

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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

TIP: You need to get Discover pass ($10 daily or $30 annually). The pass can be used in other Washington state parks too so I'd recommend you to get the annual pass if you live in Washington and haven't got one. Just 1.30 - 2 hrs driving from Seattle so It could be a very nice weekend getaway. Many nice... More 

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Bothell, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

It is a rocky set of beaches. We stayed there for an afternoon and had a nice time. The water is nice and place was pretty crowded.

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Longview, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Boat ride did not make me seasick. Very friendly and knowledgeable Captain. Very scenic and loved hearing the history of Deception Pass. Would go again.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

great family destination, large campground, lots of sites with power too. Bathrooms were fairly clean although they could have used shower curtains. There is a lake and an ocean to play in and the bridge is an awesome attraction too

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