Rockport State Park

Find your inner forest spirit among the rare old-growth stands of Rockport State Park. 

The park’s ancient trees, having never been logged, form a landscape and ecosystem seldom seen nowadays, a canopy of towering evergreens so dense that minimal sunlight shines through. 

Breathe in the crisp smell of conifers and feel the earth beneath your feet, then look up and marvel at the Rockport giants, some more than  250 feet tall. Check out the Discovery Center, which opens December to February, and ask about guided ranger walks. 

Wind your way down the loamy trail to the Skagit River Overlook, or try the steeper Sauk Mountain Trail on adjacent U.S. Forest Service land. This park has a trail for every ability level, including the friendly, fully accessible West Loop Interpretive Trail, which meanders for a mile through thickets of old growth. 

The campground, closed due to tree-fall hazards, is an excellent place to picnic and teach kids to ride bikes. Camping is available at nearby Rasar State Park.

Park Features


Rockport State Park is a 632-acre day-use park and provides an extraordinary example of old-growth forest. The park stands at the foot of the climbable Sauk Mountain, elevation 5,400 feet.

  1. Activities
  2. Camping
  3. History
  4. Maps
ADA Amenities/Facilities
  • Hiking trail
Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
The park provides one kitchen shelter without electricity, available first come, first served.

Activities
Trails
  • 5 miles of hiking trails
  • 1 mile of ADA-accessible hiking trails
Other Activities
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife viewing
Interpretive Opportunities
Come to the park for a Deep Forest Experience December through mid-February. Take an interactive hike through the forest with a knowledgeable guide. Visit the park's Discovery Center with your family for engaging activities and displays about this area and to build a craft to take home. 

The David Douglas Historical Marker is located in the park. David Douglas was a horticulturalist who discovered the Douglas fir in 1825. The species was eventually named for him. Some of the park's Douglas firs stand as tall as 250 feet.
  
The North Cascades National Park Visitor Center is located in Newhalem, 23 miles east of the park.
 
Additional Information
  • The Evergreen Trail at Rockport State Park is a 3 mile hiking trail through old-growth forest. The Sauk Springs and the Skagit View trails offer another mile of easy hiking with a river overlook.
  • Sauk Mountain Trail is accessed by U.S. Forest Service Road 1030, located on the west boundary of the park. From Highway 20 to the Sauk Mountain trailhead is approximately eight miles of gravel logging road. The hike from the trailhead to the summit is approximately two miles. The trail has numerous switchbacks and is moderately steep. The summit offers good views of the Skagit Valley and the North Cascades.
  • For more information on trails and trail conditions in the North Cascades National Park and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, call 360-854-7200 or  360-856-5700.
  • Rafting and kayaking are allowed on the Skagit River, accessible from Highway 20 but not from within the park.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website.