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Families Go Hiking - Olympic Region

The goal of the “Families Go Hiking” program at Washington Trails Association is to get families in touch with resources which can get themselves on a trail as easily as possible. To help out, WTA has composed a list of resources organized by region which can ease the process of researching online for an outdoor family activity. Each region is subdivided by park type: city, county, state, and national park in each region. This helps to plan for a hike in your backyard, or a bigger weekend family expedition. Many of the links provided have family-friendly suggestions for a hike, as well as additional information, such as if the park has educational centers, scheduled events, or interpretive trails.
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  • CITY PARKS

Port Angeles
Check out the annual Family Fun Day every August!

Port Townsend
Port Townsend has many city parks that children and families can enjoy year round. Visit their website to see what activity best suits your family.

Aberdeen
Aberdeen has many parks and green areas for families and children. Visit their website to find your next family outing.

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  • COUNTY PARKS

Jefferson County Parks
Jefferson County Parks has several day use and campground areas. The camping season for their parks is April 1 – October 31 (except Quilcene Campground). Some areas have trails such as the Larry Scott Memorial Trail.

Clallam County Parks
Clallam County has some amazing year-round areas for families to enjoy, especially the Dungeness Landing/Recreation Area. Visit Clallam County Parks website, and choose from either Day Use Parks or Overnight Camping on their website. Be sure to look at the separate tab for the Olympic Discovery Trail, a 100-mile long work-in-progress which is recreation-ready in some areas.

Kitsap County Parks
Kitsap County has several multi-use parks. Many are along the shore of the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula which always provides a rewarding outing. The Kitsap Parks site offers information on individual park characteristics and the availability of hiking trails. Don't miss Point No Point which has a wonderful beach kids love exploring.

Mason County Parks
Mason County Park’s website has descriptions of each of their parks and the trails available. This handy guide features park and trail opening dates as well as the activities available at each site.

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  • STATE PARKS

From the State Parks webpage you can select an area by region, or choose from a list of parks by name. There are also downloadable maps for your convenience. Each individual park page has in-depth information to help your family plan a trip.

Dosewallips State Park  Day use opens April 1st
Dosewallips is a year-round camping and day-use park with many features to keep kids busy. The park has land on both sides of the Dosewallips River, as well as on the Hood Canal offering both fresh and saltwater opportunities. In addition the park has five miles of hiking trails.

Sequim Bay State Park
This park is open year round and has interpretive activities on its one-mile trail. Located on the coast, this trail has beautiful views, swimming, and all sorts of wildlife within its forest and along the beach. This park is always a great outing for a family.

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
This center does not have hiking trails, but it does offer great opportunities to teach children the history of Lewis and Clark while enjoying Pacific Coast views. Check their calendar for special events.boy on trail

  • NATIONAL PARKS

Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park has endless opportunities for family recreation. The park features areas of the Olympic Mountains, Pacific Ocean, and rainforest. Check out the Olympic National Park website for up-to-date information, as well as kid-friendly activities

Please note: Beginning May 1, 2009, the Hood Canal Bridge will be closed for six weeks. Visitors to these parks may need to take alternate routes. For more information on this bridge closure, visit the Department of Transportation web site

 

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