nature trips




dogs on leash

kid friendly

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. No dogs allowed on the beach.

This is a neat, well-maintained loop. The western section offers picturesque views of the bay, beach, and lighthouse.

Beautiful, easy hike that makes for a lovely weekend stroll. Bring the kids or a dog and enjoy change of scenery as the trail goes from woods to coastline beach. Some areas were a tad muddy for walking shoes, and the area by the lighthouse can get windy in the winter.

3 months ago

Dog friendly on leash or dog off leash with excellent use of verbal commands. Most of the time in the fall there is plenty of space for everyone on the trail especially during the weekdays. Crowds during weekend.

Easy trail to walk if you're going down to the lighthouse, a little more moderate going back up. There are well-kept trails and very nice views. The only drawback is the sewage treatment facility that sometimes makes a really foul odor, but it's worth seeing at least once.

Nice hour long hike. There's cool viewpoints but a lot of side trails that aren't marked.

My girls and I love this park and like the many trails it has to offer.

Had some beautiful views, but it wasn't completely wheelchair accessible.

easy walk. nice view on the lake and lighthouse on the middle of the loop.
i recommend!

A workout! The south beach trail is definitely not wheelchair accessible with lots of steps. But in some places the trails are very accessible. Views are stunning. The lighthouse
/sound is a nice halfway rest. Great rewards!!

This hike is easy to moderate. Along the way you can pick blueberries and raspberries. To get to the West Point Lighthouse take the hidden valley trail. There is descending of stairs on the way to the lighthouse, be careful to watch your step because some of the steps are warn down (made of wood) and nails. As well, there is a distinct smell from the treatment plant when getting close to the lighthouse.

Wonderful views of the Puget Sound! Definitely going to be a return visitor!

6 months ago

Beautiful scenery of The Sound and Olympics, even Rainier. You'll spot tons of creatures from birds to sea life. Great for spring and summer outings. I love that this is such a walk-able city!

7 months ago

Outstanding views of the Puget Sound & Olympics.

A nice shaded trail, nice for a walk, contains some small stream. I went mainly to take photos of the lighthouse, unaware about this trail :)

7 months ago

Did the south loop trail. 35m some nice view the the beach is nice.

Beautiful shore line and trail....

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