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South Whidbey Island State Park

Smugglers Cove Rd., Whidbey Island, WA
(360) 331-4559 or (888) 226-7688
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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San Jose, Ca.
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

I had a recent family get together in the state of Washington recently and was driving off the ferry on the south end of Whidbey Island in a big line of cars all coming off the ferry. My only fault was driving a car with out of state license plates attached. A local Mukilteo city police officer saw the plates,... More 

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Freeland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Old growth forest and ancient cedar on one side of the highway, a forested walk down to the beach on the other. A very relaxing, beautiful place that has a lovely view of the Olympics.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Great day trip from Seattle. Drive north to Mukilteo ferry...short ferry ride over to Clinton. Then drive to the park... really lovely ride out. Go for the day, or you can camp. There are trails for hiking and a nice beach with great views. Bring a picnic Beautiful old growth trees.

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Seattle, WA
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225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We chose South Whidbey Island State Park for our families first camping trip largely because of its convenient location. It's a 20-minute ferry ride and a short drive away from most Puget Sound locations. We booked our campsite online at the Washington State Park's website. The site includes photos of each campsite so you can get a sense of the... More 

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Kamloops, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It appears that the parks on Whidbey Island are either old military reserves or areas that weren't desirable for first pass logging. The trees in this park are wonderful, but the place really does feel like a postage stamp in the whole scheme of things. There is a long vertical drop down to the beach front which I wasn't expecting.... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We decided to take to our annual family reunion to South Whidbey State Park's group site which accommodates up to 60 people. The site was incredible! It accommodated our family of around 40+/- and had plenty of areas for the kids to play, adults to cook, several areas to congregate for family activities, and plenty of parking down the private... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Start at the top and drive down the island; then take the ferry back to mainland. So much to see from Deception Bridge, lavender farm, history places, great eating at Toby's bar(like Cheers) in Coupeville, state park hikes

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Palmdale, California
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The reviews and descriptions I read about this park led me to believe that there would be no problem with my 32' 5th wheel. Although my site, #33, was big enough, getting into it was a different story. I literally was running off the roadway, scraping on bushes with the truck to back into the site. Most of the corners/turns... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I can't say enough about this visit to South Whidbey Island State Park. I joined a group of tourists on a guided beach walk, where we learned firsthand of the ecosystem along the shoreline . . (i.e., critters that live under the rocks/sand). . from there myself and a friend hiked almost 3 miles into the forest, to view a... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

As you're heading towards the park entrance, on the left there is a paved pull over about three car-lengths. Pull over and park there there's a Fern Gully trail hike that's quite nice. Lots of ferns, very shaded, quiet. Not strenuous but there is a definite incline and descent going back down. Took 6 of us about 45 minutes. Great... More 

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