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Hiking at Discovery Park

Seattle Attractions--Parks

Discovery Park

 

3801 West Government Way

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OVERVIEW

For anyone wanting to explore the best of Seattle’s parks, Discovery Park is high on the list. Discovery Park is the largest park in all of the extensive Seattle Parks and Recreation System and it offers the most diverse landscapes.  At 534 acres, the park is just minutes from civilization but it feels like a remote area.

The park offers a major 2.5 mile walking Loop Trail that is the most popular trail out of its 12 miles of trails.  The Loop Trail offers a diversity of habitats.  It offers windswept, colorful meadows that are a delight to walk. There are outstanding vistas of Puget Sound and the Olympics.  You can walk along the seashore on the western side of the park. 

Besides walking, the park is open for jogging, biking, kite flying, bird watching, and photography.  You can bring your dog to the park.

Discovery Park offers solace to people who want to hike and connect with nature.  This is a sanctuary for wildlife. More than 250 varieties of birds have been spotted at the park.  I will never forget spotting a majestic bald eagle soaring along the coastline.  

The park is a great place for photographers to take landscape shots.  On a sunny day, the backlighting on plants can make for some lovely photos.  The historic lighthouse offers some nice scenery.

The park can easily handle a lot of visitors.  On a really pretty day, the parking lots can be full but the park is so large that you have plenty of room to enjoy all of the scenery.

 

PHOTO GALLERY

Discovery Park

View along the Loop Trail

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View along the Loop Trail

 

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View of a historic Fort Lawton structure and grassy meadow

 

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View of one of the large sweet pea fields next to the hiking trails

 

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The park features lovely grasses next to the trails

 

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TRANSPORTATION

Please click here for directions to the park

BUS:   Metro Bus service is available to get to the park from downtown Seattle.  Take bus number 24 from Westlake Center.  Please click here for the pdf bus schedule.

 

USEFUL LINKS

Please click here to go to the Seattle Parks web page for Discovery Park

Please click here to go to the Seattle Parks trail map for Discovery Park


 

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