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This isn't a lie: with over 30 miles of hiking trails, this park is one of the premier hiking destinations in the country.
5175 N State Hwy 20, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277
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Reviewed yesterday

It must be a fun place in the summer for fishing, picnic, hiking, running around under the sun. But I went in Dec., cold, wet and extremely quite since not many people there. It's so peaceful that I love the solitude. Running along the west...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Michele S
Reviewed yesterday

If you love beautiful, nature paths to hike and amazing views then this is a great place for you to stop and check out. I totally love this part of the world anyway, It has an abundance of beauty to fill your spirit. It is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fishnwmn
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our friend(s) advised us not to miss this since we had just done the Boeing factory tour. so we sped off to Deception pass state park and were really grateful that we came here. The view is simply amazing and deep down the confluence of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Pratik D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up with this place as my playground. The scenery is beautiful. The hike to the beach below is exhilarating. The history is very interesting. Below the bridge you see a very striking view of whirlpool and eddys which is very exciting to navigate...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Ronald O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the Deception Pass to Lighthouse point trail, which was about 2 miles. We had two kids with us ages 9 and 6. None of us are expert hikers, but the hike was not hard. We were all amazed at beautiful vistas that were...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank merrillh2017
Reviewed November 6, 2018

I was told about Deception Pass Park from a friend, and it did not disappoint. Between the water, the forest, and the accessibility to both, this place was truly magical. It is definitely on our list to go back - we didn't schedule nearly enough...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank GadMegM
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Incredibly scenic viewing and park. Very few can be found with a small parking lot keeping the salt water surf out of the fresh water lake. This would rate five stars, but you do contend with jet noise from the close by Navy air base.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sherry990
Reviewed October 25, 2018

A favorite trip whenever guests visit from elsewhere-- the bridge and hiking and state park at Deception Pass are terrific! The bridge spans two channels of fierce currents with deep water and very rocky cliffsides. It is a nice walk from one end of the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank KimT_6294
Reviewed October 14, 2018

We enjoyed easy trails to overlooks and down to the water's edge. We walked along the long beach, and around a small lake. The park is wonderful a wonderful place to visit with your picnic lunch, with your fishing gear, or with your camera. Something...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank SteveAndSueFromCA
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Most people only see the bridge which is quite beautiful but they miss the park and beach. The bridge parking areas are small and difficult to maneuver in with a full size pickup, I take my Jeep and this eliminates the problem. Walking out on...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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July 9, 2018|
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Response from rodriguezboyz61 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on what areas of the you are wanting to visit. My recommendation is to use Uber or Lyft. We rented a car so we could have the freedom to drive to Anacortes and the casinos near San Juan island. You can use the ferry... More
June 16, 2018|
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Leashed dogs only.ed
February 15, 2018|
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Response from RockportBirder | Reviewed this property |
They appear to be the same thing; see discoverpass.wa.gov
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Kevin and Rhond... J
Deception Pass State Park (6 Replies)
We will be driving to Anacortes on route to San Juan Island and would like to make a stop at the park for a little hiking and sight seeing. What would the top picks be for Deception Pass? We'll be driving up from Seattle and staying in Anacortes that night so we have a pretty free day. Help us fill it with the top spots and hikes please.
February 21, 2015|
Response fromKevin and Rhond... J|
Sorry, I forgot to add that our time for travel will be the end of July if that helps.
Elizabeth S
a couple of days in seattle area (4 Replies)
We have a couple of days in the Seattle area, wondering how much I can reasonably fit in there. Any thoughts? We will have come from Mt Hood, Portland, St Helens, Mt Rainier, and some of the northern Oregon shore before heading up in our rental car. I am pretty set that we must visit: Chihuly Garden (MUST DO, I LOVE HIS WORK!) Chittenden Locks Pike Place Market (when is it LEAST crowded?) Archie McPhee's and/or Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (a lighthearted stop for the teens) U of W Which...More
February 02, 2016|
Response fromtraveler11223|
I have to agree that approaching Seattle via ferry is the most scenic and enjoyable way to arrive. The Bremerton ferry takes 1 hour in transit time so it gives you a little longer ride for the same price and also gives some time in the passage where one can often see quite a bit of wildlife.
Chevy Chase, MD
Question about staying on Orcas Island vs Anacortes (3 Replies)
We will be leaving Port Angeles in the late morning of August 30, 2016 and driving to Anacortes via the Port Townsend Ferry (will make reservations). We'd like to stop in Coupeville for lunch and visit Deception Pass State Park as well. Will have all day to see Orcas Island on the 31st (not enough time, I know!) and will leave as early as possible on September 1 to make our way to Whistler. Is it worth it and is there enough time, to take 2 ferries on the 30th in order to spend both nights on...More
March 19, 2016|
Response fromChristy1|
I think you should push on and do Orcas both nights. The ferry terminal isn't really that far from Deception Pass, and a lot of places on the islands have a 2 night minimum stay. And given what you have on the docket that day, I think you're fine in terms of time.