Best trails in Discovery Park

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Looking for a great trail in Discovery Park, Washington? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Discovery Park ranging from 2.4 to 7.1 km and from 2 to 107 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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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.

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#1 - Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop Trail
Discovery Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(1381)
Length: 7.1 km • Est. 2 h 5 m
Note: As of May, 2020, users have reported that the Parking lots are closed due to COVID-19. Please consult the park's website before visiting: https://parkways.seattle.gov/2020/04/08/seattle-parks-and-recreation-closes-additional-park-parking-lots-to-help-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19-and-encourage-social-distancing/ 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.Show more
#2 - South Beach Trail
Discovery Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(170)
Length: 2.4 km • Est. 48 m
Note: As of May, 2020, users have reported that the Parking lots are closed due to COVID-19. Please consult the park's website before visiting: seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/discovery-parkShow more
#3 - Loop Trail via West Emerson Street Entrance
Discovery Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(132)
Length: 4.5 km • Est. 1 h 16 m
Note: As of May, 2020, users have reported that the Parking lots are closed due to COVID-19. Please consult the park's website before visiting: seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/discovery-parkShow more
#4 - West Point Lighthouse to Discovery East Lot
Discovery Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(94)
Length: 3.5 km • Est. 1 h 6 m
Note: As of May, 2020, users have reported that the Parking lots are closed due to COVID-19. Please consult the park's website before visiting: seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/discovery-parkShow more
#5 - Discovery Park Extended Loop Trail
Discovery Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(105)
Length: 6.9 km • Est. 2 h 5 m
#6 - South Beach and Hidden Valley Loop Trail
Discovery Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(79)
Length: 3.9 km • Est. 1 h 11 m
Note: As of May, 2020, users have reported that the Parking lots are closed due to COVID-19. Please consult the park's website before visiting: seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/discovery-parkShow more
#7 - North Beach and Hidden Valley Loop
Discovery Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(31)
Length: 2.9 km • Est. 51 m
Note: As of May, 2020, users have reported that the Parking lots are closed due to COVID-19. Please consult the park's website before visiting: seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/discovery-parkShow more
#8 - Birds Nest and Lookout Beach
Discovery Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(52)
Length: 4.2 km • Est. 1 h 18 m
Note: As of May, 2020, users have reported that the Parking lots are closed due to COVID-19. Please consult the park's website before visiting: seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/discovery-parkShow more