Discovery Park

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Discovery Park is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Seattle, WA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles 607 feet Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wildlife

The park provides an open space away from the stress and activity of the city, a sanctuary for wildlife, and an outdoor classroom for people to learn about the natural world. The park is also home to the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. Discovery Park is a 534 acre natural area park, located next to the peninsular Magnolia neighborhood in Seattle, and overlooking Puget Sound, with views of the Cascade and Olympic mountains. The park is built on the historic grounds of Fort Lawton, which was originally a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp during the Civil War. The park includes two miles of protected tidal beaches, a lighthouse, open meadow lands, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets, and streams. The park provides an open space away from the stress and activity of the city, a sanctuary for wildlife, and an outdoor classroom for people to learn about the natural world. The park is also home to the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. No dogs allowed on the beach.

2 days ago

2 days ago

This is one of my favorite places! Love the trails and lookouts. Catching the sunset by the lighthouse/water is magical. On a clear day the beach offers beautiful Mt Rainer views. Going on a weekday evening, it use to feel like we had the entire park to ourselves. Good access to restrooms and parking. Coming from Indiana, I never could get over how tall the trees are and how tiny they make everything look in comparison.

10 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

It's a nice little path in the city to the beach

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely amazing. A bit of everything. Even strenuous around the beach area. The views are great yes but the trees are really what did it for me.

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Loop trail is a mixture of dirt, gravel and some asphalt and not technical. Small inclines/declines on the run. Enjoyed the forest and views. My biggest complaint is there are too many people and not enough trail etiquette.

hiking
3 months ago

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3 months ago

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walking
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hiking
4 months ago

This was a nice starter, conditioning trail. Though dog friendly, the beach is posted as no dogs allowed without a fine. Since I have a lab, this was disappointing. Still we all enjoyed the loop.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, fun

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Fairly flat once you're on the loop trail. Some slight up/downs. You can make it more challenging by going down to the lighthouse or doing multiple loops. Easy to get lost your first couple times visiting if you don't pay attention to the signs directing you to the various trails at every fork in the road. Some forks aren't marked clearly, so still good to pay attention (look for others coming toward you to help choose the correct path). Still worth it, as you get some good western views of the Sound and Olympics.

walking
5 months ago

Was perfect quick walk

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great scenic hiking for a beginner hiker. Went with my wife and daughter and they both had a excellent time.