Best Walking in Washington

This list represents the most popular walking in Washington. Use this list to plan your next Washington walking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Discovery Park


Discovery Park is an urban wilderness with more than 150 species of wildlife in its woods and on its beaches. The former army fort is crisscrossed with roads and paths. A 2.8-mile loop trail offers a…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Walking - 4 miles BestWalking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Preston-Snoqualmie Trail


This peaceful, wooded trail in the Cascade foothills ends with a view of spectacular Snoqualmie Falls. For a romantic walk, an evening ride, your daily jog, or a pleasant skate, this trail is the tick…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Preston, WA - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Walking - 6.2 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Sammamish River Trail


When the Burke-Gilman Trail and the Sammamish River Trail were linked on National Trails Day— June 5, 1993—the result was a 27-mile recreation parkway running from the heart of Seattle to suburban Red…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Bothell, WA - Walking - 7 miles BestWalking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Mercer Slough Nature Park


You might see a great blue heron take flight from a rookery tree. You might glimpse a river otter, beaver, or coyote. Yet, when you look up from the trail, you will see the skyscrapers of Bellevue, le…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Bellevue, WA - Walking - 2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Burke-Gilman Trail


Like a number of the region’s ?at, broad, off-road paved trails, the “B-G” was originally created as a way to move large numbers of goods. Thomas Burke, Daniel Gilman, and 10 other investors created t…
From the guidebook "Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans"
Seattle, WA - Road Biking, Walking - 24.2 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#6. Bainbridge Ferry


The destination on this 35-minute cruise is the tourist-friendly community of Winslow. At least it used to be known by that name. In an effort to better manage growth in the area, all of Bainbridge Is…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Walking - 3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Queen Anne Hill and Seattle Center


The Space Needle was considered innovative architecture when it was built for Seattle’s Century 21 Exposition in 1962. This walk gives present-day visitors a close-up look at the Space Needle and all…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Walking - 4.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Washington Park Arboretum


The Washington Park Arboretum means a lot of things to a lot of different people. Thousands of Seattle residents consider it their personal flower garden. In the springtime, lots of University of Wash…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Walking - 3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Seward Park


The loop trail around the peninsula is bordered on one side by old-growth forest and on the other by Lake Washington, with views of South Seattle and Mercer Island. Special attractions: Old-growth for…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Walking - 6.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Kirkland


This walk offers glimpses of the luxurious homes and condominiums overlooking Lake Washington, passes through a series of people-friendly lakeside parks, and explores the art and restaurant scene of t…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Kirkland, WA - Walking - 3.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Pike Place Market


One of the great markets of the world, Pike Place Market is just a long grapefruit toss away from the heart of the hotel and financial center of the city. So this “walk” translates into an almost-dail…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Walking - 1.7 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Lake Sylvia State Park


These two delightful short loops are in a 237-acre state park and 5000-acre city forest not far from downtown Montesano. Enjoy an easy hike through mature forest along a sliver of a lake teeming with…
From the guidebook "Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition"
Montesano, WA - Hiking, Walking - 2.2-2.7 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. Green Lake, Seattle


Marathon runners in training, toddlers in strollers, and walkers of all ages share the paths around Green Lake with dogs on leashes, inline skaters, kids on three-wheelers, and serious bicyclists astr…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Walking - 2.9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Ballard


On this walk, you will cross the locks, travel through Fisherman’s Terminal, and then glimpse the best view of the canal from the top of the Ballard Bridge. The walk connects back to the locks via dow…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Walking - 4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Damon Point


Once an island, now a spit, Damon Point keeps growing thanks to sand accretion (the opposite of erosion). Hike around this protruding land mass for sweeping views that include Mount Rainier and the sn…
From the guidebook "Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition"
Ocean Shores, WA - Birding, Hiking, Walking - 4.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#16. Seattle City Center


Downtown Seattle is a work in progress, like a Broadway play, a symphony, or a major motion picture. This walk leads you through the areas of greatest change. Highlights include the new home of the Se…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Walking - 2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. West Seattle


On this walk along the shoreline of West Seattle—around the Duwamish Head and down the beach to Alki Point—it is possible to revisit the past and get a glimpse of the Denny party’s dream. The pioneers…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Walking - 5.7 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Copalis River Spit


Hike across dunes along a shifting creek to a quiet spit teeming with birdlife. Located just a few miles from bustling Ocean Shores, Griffiths-Priday State Park’s sandy beach is vehicle-free and…
From the guidebook "Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition"
Copalis Beach, WA - Hiking, Walking - 4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Scarborough Hill


Grunt up Scarborough Hill through a coastal old-growth Sitka spruce forest. Admire big trees and enjoy window views of the mouth of the Columbia River. Then snoop around the well-preserved early twent…
From the guidebook "Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition"
Chinook, WA - Hiking, Walking - 2.4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#20. Woodland Park Zoo


In the past two decades, numerous awards from the American Zoo and Aquarium Association have established Woodland Park as one of the most progressive and humane zoos in the United States. Special attr…
From the guidebook "Walking Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Walking - 1.25 miles
Published by Falcon Guides