South Whidbey State Park

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South Whidbey State Park
Washington State Park
Giant cedar in South Whidbey State Park.JPG
A 500-year-old western red cedar in South Whidbey State Park
Country United States
State Washington
County Island
Elevation 135 ft (41 m) [1]
Coordinates 48°03′24″N 122°35′39″W / 48.05667°N 122.59417°W / 48.05667; -122.59417Coordinates: 48°03′24″N 122°35′39″W / 48.05667°N 122.59417°W / 48.05667; -122.59417 [1]
Area 347 acres (140 ha)
Established 1974
Management Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Location in the state of Washington
Website: South Whidbey State Park

South Whidbey State Park is a Washington state park in Island County. It consists of 347 acres (140 ha) of old-growth forest and tidelands with 4,500 feet (1,400 m) of shoreline on Admiralty Inlet. The park contains many mature specimens of western red cedar, Douglas fir, and western hemlock, some of the largest on Whidbey island, including one "Giant Cedar" over 500 years old.[2]

The creation of the park in 1974 was prompted in part by protests from local citizens who were concerned by efforts of private companies to log the last old-growth forests on Whidbey.[3] The park was substantially expanded in 1990 with the addition of 262 acres of old-growth forest known as "Classic U," one of only two remaining stands of old growth on the island,[4] which had previously been managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources.[5]

Park activities include picnicking, hiking on 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of trails, camping, crabbing, clamming, fishing, swimming, beachcombing, birdwatching, and wildlife viewing.[6]


  1. ^ a b "South Whidbey Island State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Romano, Craig (2008). "South Whidbey State Park". Washington Trails Association. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ McDonald, Cathy (September 3, 2009). "See historic old-growth cedar on Whidbey Island hike.". The Seattle Times. 
  4. ^ "Whidbey Scenic Isle Way Corridor Management Plan" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "Island County Public Works Parks Plan, 7/14/98". 
  6. ^ "South Whidbey State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 

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