ALERT: South Whidbey State Park is open for day use only. Due to hazardous trees in the old-growth forest, the campground area is closed indefinitely. Camping is available at nearby Fort Casey and Fort Ebey state parks.
Campsites are nestled in the lush woods on a bluff here, so there are no water views from the campsites themselves. Still, you’ll be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves crashing at night. The gravel beach on Admiralty Inlet is a short hike away, though, and through some nice woods, too. The park tidelands are popular for for crabbing and clamming, and there’s a 300-acre stand of old-growth in the park.
Location: southwest shore of Whidbey Island, Washington
More info: South Whidbey State Park website | 360.321.4559
Rates: $21 for standard tent sites.
Details: (this park is currently closed for camping, see alert above) 46 tent sites, 8 water / electrical hookups, and RVs allowed to 50 feet. Coin-op showers available. The park is open mid-March through mid-October. A Discover Pass is not required if you are camping in the park. Reservations for this park are currently unavailable.
TripFinder Tip: Camp here for a quick and easy sidetrip from Seattle. The ferry ride from Mukilteo is short and sweet, and island life greets you as soon as you drive off the ferry in Clinton. South Whidbey State Park’s wooded hiking trails and gravel beach hold plenty of interest for kids for a night or two of family car camping.