Although the sunny days of summer may be long gone, you can still enjoy all the beauty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. And while a getaway to the ocean or the mountains may not be in the cards, these great metro parks offer Seattleites stunning natural beauty right in the city limits. Ready for a hike? Grab your coat– Let’s go! These are some of the best places near Seattle to take a relaxing, de-stressing winter hike.

Photo credit: Jenise Silva


Discovery Park
3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 386-4236
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Discovery Park in Magnolia snuggles up to the shores of Puget Sound, and she is truly a stunner. Clocking in at over 500 acres, Seattle’s largest park offers an embarrassment of riches, including a historic lighthouse, spectacular views of both the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, beaches, meadows, cliffs, streams, wildlife and forests full of trails. Couple that with access to Daybreak Star Cultural Center, an environmental learning center, picnic tables and year round public restrooms, and you simply don’t have any more excuses not to break a sweat outdoors!

Seward Park
5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 684-4396
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Perched on the shores of Lake Washington, this south end charmer has it all: an environmental center, a ceramics studio, beaches, pavilions and plenty of trailheads to take a hike. Seward Park boasts a 300 acre forest with trees in the 120 acre old growth forest section dating back over 250 years. Don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of an eagle soaring overhead or an owl perched high above you. And if that isn’t enough to draw you in, they offer free public parking that makes it easy to duck into the woods for a brisk city hike. Expect water and mountain views that will take your breath away.

Lincoln Park
8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W.
Seattle, WA 98136
(206) 684-4075
http://www.seattle.gov

It’s often said that once someone moves to West Seattle, they never want to leave, and easy access to Lincoln Park must be part of the reason. Lincoln Park is situated near the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal, and this 130 acre gem is loaded with trails that wind through meadows and forests that lead you to picnic areas and beaches. You’ll experience plenty of bird calls and gorgeous views of Puget Sound and environs. Free on site parking and public restrooms are a bonus. And if time permits, you’d be a fool not to walk up the road and take a leisurely and magical ferry boat ride over to Vashon Island.

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Carkeek Park
950 NW Carkeek Park Road
Seattle, WA 98177
(206) 684-0877
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This 216 acre slice of nature is the crown jewel of the Seattle’s Broadview neighborhood. Carkeek Park has it all: trails, mature forests, wetlands, beach access and extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Need a break from the grind of the hike? Visit the environmental center, watch the salmon run in Pipers Creek or visit the historic Piper Orchard. Plenty of picnic areas, picnic shelters and free onsite parking seal the deal. Go early; go often–just go!Related: The Scenic Drives Within 60 Miles Of Seattle

Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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