Edmonds may be an urban environment, but here you’ll also find easy walks with waterfront views, sandy beaches, old growth forests and woodland walking trails. With 21 parks within the city limits, and more than 1,000 feet of walkable shoreline, a sunny day is calling you outdoors no matter the season.
Walk the Waterfront
For a lovely waterfront walk, including some public art pieces, start at Brackett’s Landing South, next to the Washington State Ferry terminal. This small park connects to the seawall with a paved sidewalk to be followed to the marina. This 1.5 mile round trip includes one section of beach walking to avoid private property. At Olympic Beach, enjoy more public art, then take a walk on the fishing pier. Keep walking and you’ll run into the Edmonds Marina. The Olympic Beach ranger station is staffed and open on summer weekends. Check out the touch tank full of sea creatures!
Where forests and Puget Sound meet
Meadowdale Beach Parkis a waterfront access park with a mile-long nature trail. This county park is 180 acres. The nearby stream is home to fresh water fish and migrating salmon and forms a small marine estuary as it empties into Puget Sound. View various bird species in their natural habitat on a hike through the forest. Or comb the beaches and enjoy the breathtaking views of the distant Olympic Mountains.
Esperance Park has a half mile of walking trails through a forest with Douglas fir and Madrone. Walk a little further and you’ll find bird watching at Chase Lake.
Hutt Park is a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat and is great for wildlife viewing and easy walking. The park is home to some of the last remaining old growth trees in Edmonds and a small population of native Douglas Squirrel, owls and other wildlife.
Maplewood Park is an enjoyable park close to downtown, offering a mere quarter mile of woodland trails. A dirt trail (muddy in the wet season) crosses a ravine and streambed (dry in the summer) and follows a hillside. Described by theSeattle Times as discovering your own “private fairy ring hidden in the forest behind a secret entrance.”
Pine Ridge Park is a 24-acre urban forest with second-growth mixed forest as habitat for birds and spring wildflowers. Enjoy views across Goodhope Pond, a small lake that often hosts waterfowl. Extend your walk by jumping a few blocks over to Yost Park, where you'll find more trails.
Yost Memorial Park contains one of the few areas of native vegetation that remain in Edmonds. The mixed stands of Western red cedar, red alder, big-leaf maple and western hemlock trees offer a glimpse into the past, and the future.
Southwest County Parkencompasses a series of forested ravines and Perrinville Creek, which flow through the eastern portion of the Park to Brown's Bay on Puget Sound. Olympic View Drive winds through the site on its way from Lynnwood to Edmonds. Two nature trails create the larger trail system on the north side of Olympic View Drive and a smaller one on the south side (inside of the bend in the road).
The Edmonds Marsh is one of the few urban saltwater estuaries remaining in the Puget Sound area. The first stop on Audubon Washington's Great Washington State Birding Trail - Cascade Loop; this marsh hosts up to 90 species of birds during the course of the year. Enjoy the 300-feet of boardwalk into the marsh and the incredible birding opportunity it provides.