November 18, 2018

Adventure in Washington State Parks

There are a few things that mesmerize both adults and children and Washington state parks are undoubtedly one among them. Washington is bestowed with a beautiful diverse landscape, ranging from Pacific Ocean beaches to alpine lakes, rain forests, and volcanoes covered with ice. Naturally its parks are noted for their natural beauty and unique features. This state has around 120 state parks and each of them offers a variety of activities. If you are a lover of beaches, there are many ocean state parks like Cape Disappointment, Pacific Beaches, Griffiths-Priday and Gray land Beach that offer various water recreational facilities.

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Washington boasts of more than 20 state parks that have scuba diving opportunities. It also has many parks near rivers and ponds where you can do fishing, clamming and crabbing. Some riverside parks such as Big Eddy offer facilities for kayaking and canoeing. Several beach Washington state parks, including Doug’s Beach, Lincoln Rock, Crow Butte, Maryhill and Lake Wenatchee offer excellent windsurfing opportunities. There are also certain beach parks that are ideal for beachcombing and sail boarding.

The Mount Spokane State Park has many groomed ski trails for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling during winter and wonderful spots for night skiing. The Washington State Parks’ Winter Recreation Program offers an extensive range of winter recreation activities, including cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, skijoring, snowmobiling, sledding, dog sledding and tubing. During winter, there are more than 120 sno-parks in Washington and among them about 40 parks are meant for non-motorized snow activities. You can do overnight camping in most of these Washington sno-parks.

The Washington state parks offer year round camping opportunities to those who love to explore the beauty and diversity of nature. Many state parks provide camping accommodation, such as cabins, yurts and rustic shelters to the campers for rent. The cabins typically have covered porches, roomy interiors, electricity, heat and some furnishings. The yurts are round dome-shaped tents, which are made from heavy and durable canvas fabric.

Many Washington state parks have magnificent amenities for wildlife and bird watching. You can see migrating gray whales and seals in Westport Light State Park and yellow-bellied marmots, swans, cottontail rabbits and prairie falcons in Palouse Falls State Park. There are also many state parks that provide opportunities for lovers of adventure sports, such as mountain hiking and horseback riding.

More than 60 Washington State Parks allow metal detecting. The Peshastin Pinnacle State Park and Columbia Hills State Park are famous for rock climbing while the Fort Ebey State Park and Lincoln Rock are perfect for those who love paragliding. Several state parks also have facilities for Geocaching.  The Riverside State Park has about 600-acre area that is suitable for dirt biking and off-road vehicle riding.

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