Find your inner forest spirit among the rare old-growth stands of Rockport State Park.
The park’s ancient trees, having never been logged, form a landscape and ecosystem seldom seen nowadays, a canopy of towering evergreens so dense that minimal sunlight shines through.
Breathe in the crisp smell of conifers and feel the earth beneath your feet, then look up and marvel at the Rockport giants, some more than 250 feet tall. Check out the Discovery Center, which opens December to February, and ask about guided ranger walks.
Wind your way down the loamy trail to the Skagit River Overlook, or try the steeper Sauk Mountain Trail on adjacent U.S. Forest Service land. This park has a trail for every ability level, including the friendly, fully accessible West Loop Interpretive Trail, which meanders for a mile through thickets of old growth.
The campground, closed due to tree-fall hazards, is an excellent place to picnic and teach kids to ride bikes. Camping is available at nearby Rasar State Park.
Rockport State Park is a 632-acre day-use park and provides an extraordinary example of old-growth forest. The park stands at the foot of the climbable Sauk Mountain, elevation 5,400 feet.
The park provides one kitchen shelter without electricity, available first come, first served.
5 miles of hiking trails
1 mile of ADA-accessible hiking trails
Come to the park for a Deep Forest Experience December through mid-February. Take an interactive hike through the forest with a knowledgeable guide. Visit the park's Discovery Center with your family for engaging activities and displays about this area and to build a craft to take home.
The David Douglas Historical Marker is located in the park. David Douglas was a horticulturalist who discovered the Douglas fir in 1825. The species was eventually named for him. Some of the park's Douglas firs stand as tall as 250 feet.
The North Cascades National Park Visitor Center is located in Newhalem, 23 miles east of the park.
The Evergreen Trail at Rockport State Park is a 3 mile hiking trail through old-growth forest. The Sauk Springs and the Skagit View trails offer another mile of easy hiking with a river overlook.
Sauk Mountain Trail is accessed by U.S. Forest Service Road 1030, located on the west boundary of the park. From Highway 20 to the Sauk Mountain trailhead is approximately eight miles of gravel logging road. The hike from the trailhead to the summit is approximately two miles. The trail has numerous switchbacks and is moderately steep. The summit offers good views of the Skagit Valley and the North Cascades.
For more information on trails and trail conditions in the North Cascades National Park and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, call 360-854-7200 or 360-856-5700.
Rafting and kayaking are allowed on the Skagit River, accessible from Highway 20 but not from within the park.
Rockport State Park is open for day use only. Due to hazardous trees in the old-growth forest, the campground area is closed indefinitely. Camping is available at nearby Rasar State Park.
Opened in 1961, the park derives its name from the community of Rockport. The town itself was named for the numerous large rocks near the boat landing on the Skagit River. The old-growth timber that is the park's most immediately recognizable feature covers nearly 600 acres. The trees exist because the Sound Timber Company refused to log them. Instead, in 1935, Sound Timber sold the land and timber to the state of Washington for $1. Washington State Parks acquired the property from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources in 1961.