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Discovery Park, Seattle

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#6 of 64 in Outdoors in Seattle
Park · Hidden Gem · Jogging Path
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Take in the classic view of the lighthouse in Discovery Park, which marks the westernmost point of the city. Set out on the 4.5 km (2.8 mi) Discovery Park Loop Trail, the main route leading to all the park's paths. The 19.01 km (11.81 mi) of pathways weave through woods and grassy prairies and past beaches. If you'd like to drive to the beach, you'll need a permit, which you can pick up at the Environmental Learning Center near the east parking lot. Stop by the cultural center in the park to enjoy art and music events in the inspiring, natural setting. Make Discovery Park a part of your Seattle vacation plans using our Seattle online itinerary planner.
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  • Discovery Park feels like a forest in the city. Deep, dense forest with lots of undergrowth. Very hilly hiking trails. Great for hikers and bikers. There is a beach at the north end. Cars must have... 
    Discovery Park feels like a forest in the city. Deep, dense forest with lots of undergrowth. Very hilly hiking trails. Great for hikers and bikers. There is a beach at the north end. Cars must have...  more »
  • We visited here for some birdwatching and had a great time. A lot of areas were a little too overgrown which reduced the number of birds and wildlife we seen. The North Beach is great for close... 
    We visited here for some birdwatching and had a great time. A lot of areas were a little too overgrown which reduced the number of birds and wildlife we seen. The North Beach is great for close...  more »
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  • A huge park that offers nice hiking trails. We went on "Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop Trail"- a two-hour walk through the forest and at the end you reach the sea and the lighthouse. The trail is well marked and easy to walk. The path is mostly flat but at some point there are stairs. Beautiful view of the sea. Near the parking lot of the park there is a nice visitor center with a children's playroom. Highly recommended.
  • I love this place, so many different trails and beautiful views! I parked at the South parking lot and there were plenty of spaces since I came on a weekday. It's about a 3 mile round trip hike to the lighthouse and back. Most of it is flat and good for beginners, though there's a good amount of stairs through the woods on the South beach trail part - but you get amazing peekaboo water views through the trees! That was my favorite part. There's also a cool beach and lighthouse at the end. I was totally blown away by all the sights. The trails are easily distinguished and there's lots of signage and some benches along the way. I went when it was dry, but I could see the path in the woods getting muddy and slippery after rainfall. Nonetheless, I highly recommend this trail! One of my favorites so far and a great way to relax.

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