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CAMP & HIKE: Deception Pass State Park

by Lauren Braden

in Camping and Outdoors

Beach at Deception Pass State Park, courtesy of Washington State Parks

Whidbey Island is home to several state parks, including the beautiful and dramatic Deception Pass State Park and its stunning, iconic bridge that soars high over turbulent water below.

Deception Pass State Park attracts over 2 million visitors each year, making it the most-visited park in Washington. Its attributes are enticing – 28 gorgeous miles of hiking trails through old-growth forest to stunning vistas, an iconic bridge, a campground with hundreds of campsites, two freshwater lakes you can swim in, rowboat rentals, miles of shoreline, great beaches, sand dunes and tide pools to explore. Many of the park’s structures were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

location: north tip of Whidbey Island
map and directions

Park info: website | (360) 675-2417

campground rates: $12 – $36
features: 167 tent sites, 143 RV sites, 5 hike-in sites, 3 primitive group campsites. Flush toilets, showers (both ADA), potable water. open year-round.
reservationsonline  |  (888) 226-7688

NOTE: Washington State Parks Discover Pass ($30, good for one year at all Washington State Parks) is required to visit the park. However you do NOT need a Discover Pass for your park visit if you are also paying for a campsite.  A one-day Discover Pass is $10 and can be purchased at the park.

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