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“Hidden Paradise, Esp. Early Fall”
Review of Carkeek Park

Carkeek Park
Ranked #113 of 448 things to do in Seattle
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Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Hidden Paradise, Esp. Early Fall”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Finding Carkeek Park can be a challenge, if your sense of direction is anything like mine. It is not on a main drag, but then, that is part of its charm. It's located in the north end of Seattle, & I heartily recommend a GPS & a second passenger who can help you watch street signs. It's worth the effort.

The parking area is below the park. It's a bit of an uphill hike, not bad for most folks, but someone who is elderly or disabled may find it too challenging. For the big majority of folks who can go up there, I recommend taking a picnic lunch or dinner, or if you are willing to carry a little hibachi or something like that, it's a lovely place to stay awhile.

Here's where you will find yourself after some effort: You're in a wide, grassy, meadow-like area where kids can safely run around, as long as they don't go clear down to the water. There are lots of picnic benches, so unless a large group has reserved it (great place for a family reunion, with a small covered area in case of one of our frequent Seattle mists), you will certainly be able to get one. And if you are there at sunset, have your camera ready. You have a panoramic view of the sun going down behind Puget Sound, with a beautiful park as its frame.

If you are not from the Pacific NW, be advised that even in summer, you will want a light jacket, sweatshirt, or sweater for evenings, even in the summer time.

Though I have not been there myself, somewhere in this vast park there's an apple orchard, open to the public. My daughter's school held a school event at the park, and someone brought a cider press. An apple-gathering expedition preceded the event, and we all had a big cup of delicious fresh cider (we also brought apples so as not to hog too many that were for the public). If you like hiking and back-to-nature activities, this is something you and your family or significant other might consider as well.

When I went the park was free and open at all hours. Double check before going; since the fiscal clock ran out, some parks have limited hours or fees, so it is possible, though unlikely that your choices are more limited.

Visited September 2012
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Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Stand over a moving train and find geocaches”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Took the kids to this crowded park in a secluded part of the city. The bridge over the train tracks allows for an exciting perspective of the trains passing directly underneath.

Great geocaching opportunities in the trails.

Beach walking, children's playground, lots of grassy area for team games. Ample parking. All around awesome place to spend a sunny afternoon.

Visited July 2012
Thank Natenote
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Seattle, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Summer is the best time to go”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

This is a beautiful park and the large field is great for running around and playing catch. I went here for my nieces (2nd) birthday and the weather was perfect. All the kids had a great time!

Visited August 2012
Thank Shanon G
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Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“city park”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Salmon spawning, trails everywhere, beach, picnic shelters, education center, but I think it is open only occasionally.

Visited February 2013
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Seattle, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A classic natural setting in North Seattle”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Visiting the Pacific Northwest for it's natural beauty, but find yourself stuck downtown? Take a day trip and see everything you came for in one park.

Perched on a high ridge in Seattle's Crown Hill neighborhood, Carkeek park is a short bus ride from downtown, but a world away. Tall evergreens and other native vegetation grow on the banks of Piper's Creek as it tumbles down a steep ravine to Puget Sound. Hiking trails take you through the woods to the saltwater shoreline.

With natural beauty every step of the way, Carkeek is worth the visit.

Visited March 2012
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