Comprised of the lands and shores between Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands, Deception Pass is the most visited state park in all of Washington state. Beaches, tide pools, and trails offer access to its seafront areas, and there are also lots of freshwater activity options on the park’s three lakes. Boating, swimming, and fishing are possible in both areas.
The park is especially known for its excellent hiking options, with over 30 miles of trails through its scenic wilderness. Horse and bike trails, as well as numerous camping facilities, offer even more ways to enjoy the forested outdoors.
Wildlife is also frequently spotted in the many coves and cliffs. Deer, elk, foxes, and otters are often seen, as well as a variety of fish and birds. The iconic Deception Pass Bridge is also worth a visit, seamlessly blending in with its natural surroundings and particularly beautiful at sunset.
You’ll find Deception Pass State Park nine miles north of Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. It’s about 1.5 hours from Seattle. Island County Transit offers free bus routes that travel throughout the park, or there are many parking lots if you’re driving. Entrance to the park costs $10 per car.