I was talking to a relatively new resident
of Whidbey Island the other day about our island culture. When they asked what I did for fun, I automatically started listing off our amazing local coffee shops, public beaches, and state parks. He laughed and said, “Is everyone on this island an outdoors person?”
The answer…. kind of!
How could you not be at least a little outdoorsy here? Outside of Whidbey simply being beautiful, there are 6 incredible state parks to explore and countless public forest areas.
Although I would never claim to be an avid hiker (I’m not athletic), I spent my entire childhood walking these trails and exploring these parks. To this day my best memories are often made underneath Whidbey Island trees and on top of our rocky beaches.
I want you to be able to make amazing memories as well! Below is a list of my favorite hikes on Whidbey.
Although this hike can get unbelievably busy during the summer with all the tourists at the bridge, it is well worth it! The view from the top is nothing short of breathtaking. The best time to make this hike is usually in mid to late September when tourists are less present.
Fort Ebey’s State Park
My favorite state park on Whidbey is without a doubt Fort Ebey. This park is filled with an incredible amount of diverse trails to choose from as well as old battery bunkers that have yet to “updated” with ceiling lights. Whether you’re out to enjoy the ocean, explore the woods, scare your friends in the eccoing chambers – Fort Ebey has something for everyone.
It’s well known among my friends and family that I am a HUGE history nerd. Ebey’s landing is the site of the original Whidbey Island settler’s home – Issac Ebey. This trail will take you past the incredible Ebey homestead and then bring you to one of the most breathtaking views on Whidbey.
South Whidbey State Park
South Whidbey State park is another diverse park with so many amazing trails to choose from. I personally love walking the Forest Discovery trail then taking the trek down to the beach and back. Whatever path you choose, make sure to keep an eye out for the amazing wildlife that can be found in this park!
Not technically a “hike,” but one of my favorite outdoor locations. The earth sanctuary is a tranquil trail leading visitors through natural wonders and captivating sculptures. It’s the kind of place a person doesn’t really “hike” through so much as joyfully wonder.
Think there are more hikes on Whidbey I should add to the list? Let me know!