State Parks Guide

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has published its inaugural Washington State Parks Guide. The 364-page book is now available for purchase.

The guide is 6.75 inches wide by 10 inches tall. It can be purchased in-person at select state parks for $6 (includes tax) or online for $20.79 (includes tax/shipping/handling).

The guide features hundreds of beautiful full-color photos and descriptions for all of Washington’s state parks, including park features, amenities and activities. A special section is devoted to state parks in the San Juan Islands, a grouping of islands unique to Washington. The San Juan Island section is split into two parts, parks that are accessible by car (via ferry), and the second features the San Juan Island parks that can be reached only by private or commercial boat.

We’ve also included an entire section with detailed descriptions of the activities visitors can enjoy in state parks. We’ve featured our most popular activities of hiking, biking and boating, but we’ve also included several not-so-well-known activities such as paragliding, geocaching and metal detecting to name a few.

To further pique visitors interest, we’ve added an entire section of feature articles that highlight Washington State Parks’ unique experiences and features, including lighthouses, farm-to-table dining, long-distance trails and more.

State Parks Guide Outside Cover

If camping isn’t your thing, and you like a little more comfort when visiting state parks, you won’t want to miss the section on cabins and lodging at Washington state parks. The various overnight options at state parks include cabins, yurts, vacation houses, a fire lookout, a CASTLE! and more.

This handy guide is great to reference when planning a trip to a favorite state park or for planning a longer trip visiting multiple parks along the way.

Please note: 

  • When ordering online, you will need to create an account to finalize your order.
  • Parks that sell the guidebook in the summer season only are denoted by (S/O)

The guide is available for purchase at the following locations:

  • Battle Ground Lake
  • Blake Island
  • Beacon Rock
  • Cama Beach
  • Conconully (S/O)
  • Curlew Lake (S/O)
  • Daroga
  • Dash Point
  • Dosewallips
  • Dry Falls Visitor Center
  • Fields Spring
  • Fort Ebey (S/O)
  • Fort Casey
  • Fort Flagler
  • Grayland Beach
  • Illahee
  • Kanaskat-Palmer
  • Kitsap Memorial
  • Lake Chelan
  • Lake Sammamish
  • Lake Wenatchee
  • Lewis and Clark Trail
  • Manchester
  • Millersylvania
  • Pearrygin Lake
  • Potholes
  • Potlatch
  • Rasar/Rockport
  • Riverside
  • Sacajawea
  • Scenic Beach
  • Schafer
  • Seaquest
  • Twin Harbors (S/O)
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