South Whidbey State Park

South Whidbey State Park calls to tree-lovers everywhere. This day-use park on the west side of Whidbey Island is a scenic drive away from Anacortes or a short ferry ride from Mukilteo. The park offers east-facing views of the Olympic Mountains and rare old-growth stands.

Walk among the giants: Douglas-fir, Sitka spruce, western hemlock and western red-cedar trees, including a 500-year old cedar. 

Camping in the park has been closed due to tree diseases, which pose a tree-fall risk. This development has helped many to understand the life cycle of old-growth trees. Picnic shelters and unsheltered tables remain open to visitors and provide excellent lunch spots for day-trippers and travelers en-route to such nearby camping parks as Deception Pass and Fort Ebey. To sit and walk beneath this canopy of ancient trees overlooking the Puget Sound is a pleasure and a privilege. 

Park features


South Whidbey State Park is a 347-acre day use park with 4,500 feet of saltwater shoreline on Admiralty Inlet. The park features include old-growth forest, lush undergrowth and tidelands. 

Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.

Please note: U.S. Navy jets from nearby Naval Air Station Whidbey Island may fly over at any time for several hours. Navy personnel conduct training missions at various times during the day and night. Depending on the direction of the wind, their flight pattern may put them above the park, creating noisy conditions. Although State Parks cannot be responsible for the jet noise, we do share visitor concerns with representatives of Naval Air Station Whidbey.

Planning project: South Whidbey State Park is currently undergoing State Parks' long-term land-use planning through a Classification and Management Plan (CAMP) process. For information on the CAMP process, please view the project planning page
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  1. Activities
  2. Camping

ADA Amenities/Facilities


  • Campground
  • Restroom

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities

The park offers one kitchen shelter without electricity, plus four sheltered and 19 unsheltered picnic tables.

The log kitchen shelter is reservable. It includes a barbecue and four picnic tables, accommodating up to 30 guests. Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Activities


Trails


  • 3.5 miles of hiking trails

Water Activities & Features


  • Clamming
  • Crabbing
  • Fishing (saltwater)
  • Swimming

Other Activities


  • Amphitheater
  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Fire circles
  • Interpretive activities
  • Sheltered fire circle
  • Wildlife viewing

Interpretive Opportunities


Young visitors are encouraged to become Junior Rangers. Contact park staff for details.

Additional Information