Discovery Park
Discovery Park
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This 534-acre nature park boasts extensive trails and breathtaking views amid lush nature. It occupies most of the historic Fort Lawton site and features heritage buildings like a chapel, gymnasium, and horse stable. You can also hike or bike through the forest and visit the West Point Lighthouse and the beach for views of downtown Seattle and Mount Rainer from a distance. The surroundings are mostly residential, so bring some food to have a picnic. You can visit Discovery Park for free but expect to pay for parking which is quite limited and fills up quickly especially on weekends. – Tripadvisor
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Rosi
Seattle, WA151 contributions
Jul 2022
It’s been a while since I visited this park last time. We decided to stop by with a group of friends visiting from outside Seattle. The hike is short and pretty mellow. When you get to the lighthouse and the beach, you completely forget that you are still within the Seattle city limits - with all the expansive views of the Puget Sound. Overall, can recommend. Mind you - part of the loop trail is currently (as of July) closed off. A few of us did not notice the sign and ended up wandering a very deserted trail that ended with a closed off gate (were able to get around it but it was a little unnerving…).
Written August 3, 2022
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Jason Hennig
Renton, WA291 contributions
Mar 2020
Honestly, one of the best parks I've ever been to. Huge, full of little geographic treasures and paths to explore. It was unbelievably easy to kill hours here just poking around.

There's plenty of parking, and the parking is free; there is a permit available if you want to go to the beach but cannot walk the approximately mile and a half from any of the three parking lots, but a permit is not necessary to park at the other three parking lots.

At the risk of being a little verbose, exploring the edges of the bluffs was, for us, a highlight; the views are absolutely stunning.
Written March 7, 2020
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LRJ2014
Seattle, WA54 contributions
Feb 2020
If you want to drive up and take a picture and say you've done it this place isn't for you. There are miles of trails with jaw-dropping views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountain range as well as parts of Seattle and Mt. Rainier. It can be a little crowded on weekends, mid-week is best. Be prepared to walk a mile or two from your car to get to the beaches. If you're a senior or have little ones you can try to get a parking pass at the visitor center but parking is very limited.
Written February 24, 2020
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GoeieWitte
Madeira, OH730 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Easy access with public transportation (bus 33) from downtown.
This large wooded park with beaches, views, many trails is a nearby treat to get away from the city’s busy-ness.
Take a trail map at the major entry points (remember to donate to the non profit!).
Select short long, change as you walk and enjoy the nice trails.
There are several steps on some trails from the bluffs to the beaches.
Signposting is mostly good and clear.
Several restrooms are located along the trails and major parkign areas.
We saw Mount Rainier, the ferries, mount Baker, the Olympic range.
Written June 27, 2022
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nationalbiscuit
Seattle, WA558 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
There is really something for everyone within this huge park. We spent hours walking the different trails. Most people wear a mask and stay far apart. The beach was a nice bonus. We even saw a bald eagle! There’s also plenty of space on sand or land to lay out a blanket and relax. It’s a walkable, lush park with so much to offer. I recommend making a day of it.
Written August 29, 2020
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World Passport
Los Angeles, CA720 contributions
Dec 2021
We only ran into a couple of people during our hike from the visitor center (which was closed for winter) to the lighthouse. It's an easy hike about 4.5 mile loop but we went further. It's super nice. You can go to the South or the North beach. Most people go to the South beach where the light house is. But don't expect a tall structure.
Written January 8, 2022
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C M
Howard, OH3,306 contributions
Oct 2019
There's really so much to love about this park! Since we were exploring other things around the city we didn't have near as much time here as we would have liked. The lighthouse is fantastic! The mountains in the background, especially the tall peak is gorgeous! There was a seaplane flying overhead. There were big ships in the water. The beach had driftwood on it. It was not super crowded, but there were some walkers, runners, and bikers. There were benches along the walking/jogging path and informational signs. We saw a Maserati, not something you see every day in Ohio. I'd definitely return if in the area making sure I had more time, and I'd recommend others visiting as well!
Written June 7, 2020
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OurAdventures2
Bath, UK817 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
We visited here for some birdwatching and had a great time.

A lot of areas were a little too overgrown which reduced the number of birds and wildlife we seen. The North Beach is great for close views of Osprey, Gulls, Eagles and more.

It's a large park and the map provided wasn't too clear so we walked more than we had to trying to find the Ponds.

Plenty of parking and free to enter though.
Written August 30, 2022
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TreyJacobson
San Antonio, TX242 contributions
May 2022
This mostly natural park has an amazing set of semi-paved (often covered in mud) trails, including a 2.8 mile loop. The far end of the park is where it meets the Puget Sound, and its really stunning. Lots of people go to stare at the water, draw, meditate.

The trails are definitely not accessible friendly, and require comfort with talking on varying paths, rocks, and mud....lots of mud. Try the north parking lot for better acessibility..
Written June 3, 2022
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seanworc
New York City, NY727 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Discovery Park feels like a forest in the city. Deep, dense forest with lots of undergrowth. Very hilly hiking trails. Great for hikers and bikers. There is a beach at the north end. Cars must have stickers to park there. Views are fabulous of Puget Sound.
Written September 6, 2022
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