Washington’s Hidden Gems: State Parks Edition

With an abundance of naturally beautiful national and state parks in Washington State, it is no wonder that many of the state's most famous outdoor attractions draw millions of visitors every year. For many outdoor enthusiasts, escaping the masses is an important part of getting away. With this in mind, we checked in with our friends at The Washington State Parks Foundation to find out the best Washington state parks campgrounds to beat the crowds, enjoy the tranquility of nature, and unwind for the weekend.

Follow this guide to find an epic off the radar state park in Washington and enjoy Reach Now’s complimentary Discovery Passes in all of our BMW 3 Series and X1 vehicles. And remember every time you visit a state park a portion of your trip will be donated to help preserve these wonderfully wild places!

Theis list of Washington state parks offers camping and are less visited, have confirmed open weekend campsites over the summer and offer nearby fun activities. There are links to offerings at WSPF website and to the State Parks website:

WESTERN WA FORESTS & RIVER: Rasar State Park (90 miles north from Seattle) – this state park provides a great locale for hiking, river rafting and fishing opportunities on Skagit River. There are campsites available on some weekends. Link to Virtual Tour and Parks website.

ROAD TRIP TO THE DRY SIDE NE: Curlew Lake  (350 miles to NE WA) is an awesome road trip to NE Washington and provides a quiet and refreshing getaway with fishing, swimming, boating and even a digging area for archaeology enthusiasts. Link to Virtual Tour and Parks website.

PACIFIC BEACH: Twin Harbors (129 miles to SW Pacific Coast)  Hit the beach on the Pacific coast and find camping on weekends at this beautiful Washington state park. Link to Parks website.

PUGET SOUND SHORELINES: Penrose Point (66 miles south and west to the Key Peninsula) Offers camping, shellfish harvesting areas and lots of shoreline to picnic and walk the beach. Link to Virtual Tour and Parks website for Penrose Point Washington State Park Campground.

ROAD TRIP EXPEDITION: Lewis and Clark Trail (269 miles to SE WA) Road trip to visit Walla Walla region that offers wineries, hiking and great food. You can camp on the weekends at Lewis and Clark Trail State Park where the expedition also camped back in 1806.  For more information, check out the Virtual Tour and Parks website.


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Anna Anderson