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From North Cascades National Park in the east to Deception Pass State Park in the west, there are plenty of parks to explore in Skagit County. The North Cascades offer an alpine setting in the spring and summer months. While Deception Pass is all about being along Puget Sound.

And certainly don’t forget about the three state parks that sit between the two. Together they offer splendid scenery and opportunities for hiking, camping, biking, fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, beachcombing, bird watching and just relaxing away from it all.

North Cascades National Park
Hiking, backpacking, camping, climbing, boating and fishing.

The park offers a full range of camping and outdoor experiences. Whether your idea of camping is from a car, RV, boat or on a strenuous trek into the wilderness, it can be found within the park’s boundaries.

One need not leave the car to take in the breathtaking surroundings. Simply drive over Highway 20 and enjoy the scenery as the rugged, snow-capped peaks go by.

Location: Along Highway 20, about 30 miles east of Concrete.

Deception Pass State Park
Camping, picnicking, sightseeing, boating, paddling, hiking, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, bird watching, beachcombing and bicycling.

To hike amidst great scenery. There are 36 miles of trails in the park.

The park has 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline on Rosario Strait, Deception Pass and Skagit Bay, and about 28,000 feet of freshwater shoreline along Pass and Cranberry lakes.

Location: North end of Whidbey Island. South end of Fidalgo Island.

Rasar State Park
Four miles of hiking trails and a playground in the day-use area.

Wildlife observation opportunities, especially for eagles.

This old farm site is a 169-acre camping park with 4,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Skagit River.

Location: Just off Highway 20, 19 miles east of I-5.

Rockport State Park
The 670-acre day use-only park of ancient forest is loaded with big trees from 250-foot Douglas firs to tall cedars and maples.

The park is home to one of the best lowland hikes around. The Evergreen Trail takes hikers back 100 years, allowing for a glimpse into Skagit Valley’s past.

Practically every type of fern can be found in the lush understory, along with elderberry and salmonberry bushes.

Location: Eight miles east of Concrete.

Bay View State Park
On a clear day, park users can see the Olympic Mountains to the west and Mount Rainier to the south.

The park has 1,285 feet of saltwater shoreline along Joe Hamel Beach. If that doesn’t satisfy your marine appetite, Breazeale Padilla Bay Interpretive Center is a half-mile north of the park.

The park was the home of Pat-Teh-Us, a Noo-Wha-Ah Indian chief and signer of the Point Elliot Treaty.

Location: Along Padilla Bay.