Discovery Park
Discovery Park
4.5
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This 534-acre nature park boasts extensive trails and breathtaking views amid lush nature. It occupies most of the historic Fort Lawton site and features heritage buildings like a chapel, gymnasium, and horse stable. You can also hike or bike through the forest and visit the West Point Lighthouse and the beach for views of downtown Seattle and Mount Rainer from a distance. The surroundings are mostly residential, so bring some food to have a picnic. You can visit Discovery Park for free but expect to pay for parking which is quite limited and fills up quickly especially on weekends. – Tripadvisor
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Darren J
4 contributions
Jul 2023
Beautiful, woodsy trails and gorgeous views. We hiked down from the visitor's center area to the beach and the Westpoint Lighthouse. Saw a picturesque view of Mount Ranier on the horizon and the boats on the water. I only had two regrets - one is that we didn't get there until midafternoon, so we only had time to hike down there, take a few pictures, and hike back to catch a bus. I was also a little disappointed that I could not go inside the lighthouse.
Written 30 July 2023
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Cal337
Hong Kong, China39 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
While it's not as wooded or hilly, Discovery Park is immense with great trails and views of the Sound. It's hard to believe when you're deep within that you're still very much in Seattle.
Written 2 April 2023
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Derik H
4 contributions
May 2022
One of my favorite places in Seattle area!

This has a paved and dirt trail that runs for a couple miles in a loop. An easy walk. The far side of the park is next to the water. Beautiful view with a lighthouse. Quite a few people in the area. A safe walk but it does get windy too! Be sure to bring a windbreaker and warm cap!
Written 3 February 2023
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redhead_roaming
Seattle, WA2,919 contributions
Feb 2022
Discovery Park is one of those places that you need to go to several times before you can say you've BEEN to Discovery Park - it's just so big! So, I can't say I've BEEN to the whole area of the park but I've seen a fraction and I've loved it and want to see more!

Perhaps this is a sign we need to go again soon...
Written 30 January 2023
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seanworc
New York City, NY744 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Discovery Park feels like a forest in the city. Deep, dense forest with lots of undergrowth. Very hilly hiking trails. Great for hikers and bikers. There is a beach at the north end. Cars must have stickers to park there. Views are fabulous of Puget Sound.
Written 6 September 2022
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OurAdventures2
Bath, UK829 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
We visited here for some birdwatching and had a great time.

A lot of areas were a little too overgrown which reduced the number of birds and wildlife we seen. The North Beach is great for close views of Osprey, Gulls, Eagles and more.

It's a large park and the map provided wasn't too clear so we walked more than we had to trying to find the Ponds.

Plenty of parking and free to enter though.
Written 30 August 2022
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Rosi
Seattle, WA245 contributions
Jul 2022
It’s been a while since I visited this park last time. We decided to stop by with a group of friends visiting from outside Seattle. The hike is short and pretty mellow. When you get to the lighthouse and the beach, you completely forget that you are still within the Seattle city limits - with all the expansive views of the Puget Sound. Overall, can recommend. Mind you - part of the loop trail is currently (as of July) closed off. A few of us did not notice the sign and ended up wandering a very deserted trail that ended with a closed off gate (were able to get around it but it was a little unnerving…).
Written 3 August 2022
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GoeieWitte
Madeira, OH755 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Easy access with public transportation (bus 33) from downtown.
This large wooded park with beaches, views, many trails is a nearby treat to get away from the city’s busy-ness.
Take a trail map at the major entry points (remember to donate to the non profit!).
Select short long, change as you walk and enjoy the nice trails.
There are several steps on some trails from the bluffs to the beaches.
Signposting is mostly good and clear.
Several restrooms are located along the trails and major parkign areas.
We saw Mount Rainier, the ferries, mount Baker, the Olympic range.
Written 27 June 2022
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Chuck M
South Lyon, MI9 contributions
Jun 2022
Park is very nice. Easy trails to walk on. Beach was pretty. HOWEVER, BE CAREFUL - we had our rental car broken into. Smashed a window and took everything they could reach - which were two empty camel backs, a gortex jacket, a portable car charger and some snacks! The stuff can be replaced but now spending a day on vacation getting our car fixed!!! Definitely leaves a pretty negative impression of this park and Seattle in general.
Written 23 June 2022
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TreyJacobson
San Antonio, TX245 contributions
May 2022
This mostly natural park has an amazing set of semi-paved (often covered in mud) trails, including a 2.8 mile loop. The far end of the park is where it meets the Puget Sound, and its really stunning. Lots of people go to stare at the water, draw, meditate.

The trails are definitely not accessible friendly, and require comfort with talking on varying paths, rocks, and mud....lots of mud. Try the north parking lot for better acessibility..
Written 3 June 2022
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