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Rhododendron Park

Puget Sound and Islands > Whidbey Island
48.1968, -122.6433 Map & Directions
Length
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Elevation Gain
0 feet
Highest Point
295 feet
Gorgeous rhododendrons in the sunlight at Rhododendron Park. Photo by Erik Morgenstern. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites

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A multi-use county park with a short system of rambling trails through native rhododendron forest in central Whidbey Island. Continue reading

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Hiking Rhododendron Park

Rhododendron Park is a 32-acre, largely forested, mixed-use Island County park in central Whidbey Island. Facilities include a picnic area, children's play area, three groomed baseball fields, restroom facilities, 15 basic camp sites and about 3 miles of forested trails. 

The park also makes a convenient access point to the southern end of the Rhododendron Trail, a separate mixed-use trail that parallels Highway 20 north through Coupeville and beyond. One quick warning - the park is close to the Naval Air Station Whidbey secondary OLF field which when in use can be thunderously noisy so having a back up walk in mind if the jets are flying is a good idea. 

The park is closed November 1st to April 1st annually.

The trail system consists of a central paved north/south trail, "Rhodie Road", and a series of dirt trails that make a rough exterior loop which can sometimes be a bit hard to follow as signage is limited. Forest cover is typical second generation, largely evergreen trees.

The main draw, as the park name suggests, is the brilliant show of blooming native rhododendrons in late spring. The Washington State flower is the Pacific Rhododendron and the park delivers with thousands of individual plants with hundreds of thousands of blooms in this relatively small area.  

Hike Description Written by
Erik Morgenstern, WTA Correspondent

Rhododendron Park

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 48.1968, -122.6433 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

driving directions

The main parking lot is just north of W Patmore Road east of Highway 20 south of Coupeville on Whidbey Island. 

From the Clinton Ferry dock drive north on Highway 20 24.4 miles and turn left (west) onto W Patimore Rd just north of the Navy OLF field. Continue on W Patimore Road one half of a mile and the lot is on your right (north.) 

Note: There is a small secondary lot on the north end of the park with room for just a few vehicles. Instead of turning on W Patmore Road continue another 1.5 miles north along Highway 20 and look for a small, brown "park" sign where the lot is on your left (south).  

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Puget Sound and Islands > Whidbey Island

Island County Parks

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