In last week’s entry we looked at the top 5 National Forests in Washington State for summer camping fun. This week the same author shares her Washington State’s Top 5 Parks for Summer Camping.
Let’s take a look at Killeen Gonzalez’s top picks:
Fort Ebey State Park
Fort Ebey State Park is located outside of Coupeville. It features drive-in and boat-in campsites. Some of the campsites are moderately developed. There are opportunities for paragliding, hiking, biking, fishing and surfing. I’d recommend that campers bring their mountain bike and check out the Kettles Trail. The Bluff Trail is also definitely worth hiking and features access to an old gun battery bunker. Those that want to capture the stunning views should bring a camera.
Riverside State Park
Riverside State Park is located outside of Spokane. It features drive-in, basic and moderately improved campsites. The park has over 50 miles of multi-use trails that can be used for ATV riding, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. There are also opportunities for rock climbing, water skiing, fishing and boating onsite. I’d suggest that campers consider exploring the Deep Creek Loop. The views are spectacular and there are a few small caves along the way. I’d also recommend a trip to the swinging bridge and the park’s disc golf course.
Jarrell Cove State Park
Jarrell Cove State Park is located on Harstine Island. It features drive-in tent sites, some of which are well shaded and grassy. I find favor with the park’s abundant water activities. The area is considered part of the Cascadia Marine Trail and the water is clear. There is also a large dock onsite. The fishing is excellent and there are opportunities for sailboarding, beach combing, boating and bird watching.
Sun Lakes – Dry Falls State Park
Sun Lakes – Dry Falls State Park is located outside of Coulee City. It features drive-in, basic campsites. There are a lot of recreational opportunities onsite including a 9-hole golf course, an 18-hole miniature golf course, sports courts and hiking trails. I’d recommend that campers hike to the caves and keep their eyes peeled for petroglyphs.
Battle Ground Lake State Park
Battle Ground Lake State Park is located outside of Vancouver. It features drive-in, hike-in and equestrian welcoming campsites. Some of the campsites are rustic, well shaded and serene. There are opportunities for diving, fishing, hiking and biking. Sports courts are also available onsite. I’d recommend that campers take a hike around the lake. It is picturesque but can be rough in spots. Therefore, I’d suggest that hikers wear sturdy shoes and watch out for emergent timber and rocks.
Killeen has it pretty close although there are a couple alternates worth mentioning, but if I did I would probably never be able to obtain a campsite as they are full enough already. Competing for a space in the most popular Washington State Parks, just another adventure in RVing!