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Posted on: May 30, 2018

18-036 Washington State Parks publishes first guide book




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Sandy Mealing, (360) 902-8559

OLYMPIA – May 30, 2018 - Washington State Parks has published its first-ever comprehensive guide to Washington’s beautiful and diverse state parks. The Washington State Parks Guide is now available for purchase.

Washington State Parks Guide 2018 The guide features hundreds of beautiful full-color photos and descriptions of more than 120 Washington state parks, including park features, amenities and activities.A special section is devoted to state parks in the San Juan Island Archipelago, a grouping of islands unique to Washington. The San Juan Island section is split into two parts: parks that are accessible by ferry and parks that can be reached only by private or commercial boat.

Activities featured in the guide include not only the most popular—hiking, biking and boating—but also some not-so-well-known activities such as paragliding, geocaching and metal detecting

To further pique visitors’ interests, the guide includes an entire section of articles that highlight Washington state parks’ unique experiences and features, including lighthouses, farm-to-table dining, long-distance trails and more.

For those who prefer not to sleep in a tent on the ground, the guide provides a whole section on “roofed accommodations” available for rent at Washington state parks. These overnight options include cabins, yurts, vacation houses, a fire lookout, and even a castle.

This handy guide is great to reference when planning a trip to a favorite state park or for planning a longer trip visiting multiple parks along the way.

The 364-page guide is 6-3/4-inches wide by 10-inches tall and sells for $6 (includes tax) at Washington State Parks headquarters, 1111 Israel Road, SW, Tumwater, and at select state parks. UPDATE 6/1/18: The guide can be purchased in-person at State Parks headquarters and select state parks for $6 (includes tax) or online for $13.80 (includes tax/shipping/handling).

Media please note: A high-resolution full-color graphic of the guide cover is available upon request by contacting Sandy Mealing at (360) 902-8559.


About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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