One of the top birding destinations in the Skagit Valley is the Headquarters Unit of WDFW’s Skagit Wildlife Area. Situated on the southeast corner of Fir Island in the Skagit River Delta, this spot is often simply referred to as
The town of Newhalem is located along State Route 20 at mile 120. Many trails begin from the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center, located across the Skagit River (watch for signs). Trails also begin from the Newhalem Campground, or
Once a popular camping destination, Rockport State Park was converted into day-use only to protect its old growth forest. The park’s ancient trees, having never been logged, form a landscape and ecosystem seldom seen nowadays
The Padilla Bay Shore Trail is a 2.25 dike-top bicycle and pedestrian pathway. Padilla Bay and the neighboring Samish Bay to the north support one of the largest known wintering populations of Peregrine falcons in North America.
Rasar State Park is a 169-acre park with 4,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Skagit River. Wildlife observation, especially eagle watching, can be excellent, particularly in early fall and winter. The park is also frequented by elk, which sometimes
Shadow of the Sentinels Trail is an accessible interpretive trail winding through dense forest growth. Huge Douglas fir and cedar trees tower above a forest floor of ferns, moss and berry bushes. Signs along the route explain the dynamics of
In addition to the wealth of information available inside the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, this facility has two short hikes which are wheelchair friendly. Observation Deck This paved trail is only a few hundred yards long with a slight downhill