"Largest Undeveloped Shore of Lake Washington" Saint Edwards State Park by glabah
Saint Edwards State Park Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 30 photos
NOTE: As of July 1, 2011, a day use fee has been implemented at many Washington State parks. This fee is $10 per day, or a $30 fee for a year pass. There is a $5 fee in addition to the annual pass fee if purchased at one of the many resellers. Please see my Discover Pass tip for a little more about this. For a bit more about Washington State parks in general, please see my Washington State Parks tip. This fee is only required if you drive and park inside the park. As Saint Edwards State Park has transit service nearby, it may be worth considering using that to get to the park.
Saint Edwards State Park holds the distinction of having the largest preserved shore anywhere on Lake Washington.
However, the park is not completely undeveloped. In fact, the park used to be a Roman Catholic seminary, but was closed in the 1970s when the entire education system of the Roman Catholic church was being reorganized.
Today, along with the extensive trail system, there is a swimming pool, a gymnasium, picnic facilities, and a very popular playground.
The official state parks web site is at:
- Pros:Lots of Trails, Picnic Facilities, Forest Covering
- Cons:Busy road at entrance to park has very narrow shoulders that make risky bike pathways.
- In a nutshell:Essentially part of the Seattle metropolitan area and not that far away, and yet in terms of environment in ways an entire world away.
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