Anacortes park is a scenic gem

From the headland beyond the San Juans ferry dock in Anacortes, Washington Park looks out on a gorgeous island panorama.

A park worth discovering

Dykstra’s smartphone’s “big green area” is Washington Park, a 220-acre mostly wooded gem of a park 0.7-mile west of the ferry landing. It’s at the far northwest tip of Fidalgo Island, jutting out on a finger of land called Fidalgo Head. Along with a 73-site campground, the park features a picnic area, a boat launch and several miles of trails that crisscross the park’s forested interior, which is home to some 100 species of birds.

A geologic wonder as well, the peninsula is largely composed of greenish serpentine rock, which weathers into a rust-colored soil that’s toxic to many plants. Thus, only certain plants and wildflowers — Blue-Eyed Mary and Pod Fern, among them — can survive on its windswept meadows… [read more]
Photo Credit: S. King