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Explore Deception Pass State Park & Bridge

​Deception Pass State Park is the 5th most beautiful state park in the United States.

Did you know that Deception Pass State Park is the most visited state park in Washington? Deception Pass State Park spans two islands – Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island – and is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and the iconic Deception Pass Bridge.

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What is Deception Pass famous for?

Deception Pass State Park is one of the most frequently visited parks in Washington State. However, the famous Deception Pass Bridge is well-known for its gorgeous panoramic views, making it an ultimate attraction for visitors.

The captivating Deception Pass State Park spans 3,854 acres, and is the ultimate playground for outdoor enthusiasts and tourists, alike. With miles of trails to wonder, Deception Pass State Park allows visitors to take many adventures including hiking, biking, kayaking, and more. It is one of Washington’s best places for a camping trip and is open year-round.

The park is truly a place of wonder with views of rugged cliffs, old-growth forests, and miles of shorelines – both freshwater and saltwater.

Do you need a pass to go to Deception Pass State Park?

You will need the Discover Pass to park at Deception Pass State Park. You can purchase one for $10 daily at one of the parking lots, or for $30 annually.


Things to do at Deception Pass State Park

There are so many things to do at this stunning state park and we are going to list some of our favorites below.

Take a walk along Deception Pass Bridge

Deception Pass Bridge has pedestrian walkways on each side of the bridge to travel from one side to the other. There you can find incredible views of Deception Pass and the rugged cliffs below. Take in wildlife viewing and capture mesmerizing sunsets over Puget Sound.


Explore Cranberry Lake

This freshwater lake is popular for fishing and boating and is a wonderful spot to relax and take in the peaceful surroundings.

Deception Pass State Park Campgrounds

Camping at Deception Pass State Park is a great way to truly take in the beauty of this stunning area. Deception Pass State Park Campgrounds include Cranberry Campground (located in the old-growth forests between North and West Beach and Cranberry Lake), Bowman Bay Campground, and Quarry Pond Campground.

Enjoy the beach

With miles of saltwater shorelines, you can visit North Beach, West Beach, and/or Rosario Beach to enjoy a picnic by the water or explore tide pools. These beaches provide perfect spots for family outings, offering picturesque views and opportunities to discover marine life in the tide pool.

Water Recreational Activities

If you want to get into the water, Deception Pass is a great place to go boating, canoeing, and kayaking with many boat launch areas and tours provided, such as Deception Pass Tours.

Hiking trails

Deception Pass State Park has a wide variety of hiking trails that are enjoyable for all levels of hikers, including beginners and kids.

The North Beach Trail is an easy 1.2 miles hike that provides beautiful views of Deception Pass Bridge along the shorelines. Lighthouse Point and Lottie Point Loop is another popular trail that is about 2.5 miles and features beautiful vistas of Rosario Strait and Deception Pass.

Some other popular trails include Bowmany Bay and Rosario Beach Trail, Pass Lake Loop, Goose Rock Summit Trail, and Sand Dunes Interpretive Trail (this one is an educational interpretive trail).


Visit the nearby towns

Deception Pass State Park spans two picturesque islands: Whidbey and Fidalgo. While Whidbey Island boasts charming towns to explore, Fidalgo Island is home to the vibrant community of Anacortes.

Find the best things to do on Whidbey Island.

Deception Pass State Park is one of Washington’s most-visited state parks for its breathtaking views, diverse recreational activities, and unique natural features.

Author: Katrina

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