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10+ In-City Forest Walks for Seattle and Eastside Families

Skip the drive and hike or play in nature with kids, right in town

Published on: October 11, 2021

10+ In-City Forest Walks for Seattle and Eastside Families

Glimpse of Lake Washington through the trees from hiking trail at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore Washington near Seattle
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A glimpse of Lake Washington from the trails at Saint Edward State Park. Credit: Sinziana Gafitanu/Flickr CC

Saint Edward State Park

Beautiful Saint Edward State Park is a popular natural area and protected gem on the Eastside. Mature forest entices children to explore wild paths. Choose between a mostly level shady walk or a steeper trek down to the shores of Lake Washington.

Kids will love: The beach, the Grotto and the giant castle playground.

Find It: 14445 Juanita Dr. N.E., Kenmore. You’ll need a Discover Pass to park here because it's a state park (purchase a day pass onsite if needed).

Distance: There are 7.5 miles of trails in the park. Toddlers will enjoy the half-mile Orchard Loop, offering just enough roots and curves to make things interesting. If you take the Seminary Trail down to the beach, it adds another half-mile one way, and you can choose which trail to hike back up based on energy levels.

Image credit: Sinziana Gafitanu/Flickr CC

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