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Four Washington state parks not to miss
Looking for an inexpensive getaway where you can enjoy nature and lots of healthy outdoor recreation?  1Try one of the Washington state parks.

There are dozens of state parks in Washington located every part of the state, easy to access and relatively inexpensive to use. Whether it's RV camping, tent camping, staying in a cabin or just a picnic, these locations often have some of the best scenery this state has to offer.

What's more, it's easy to reserve your space at the parks. The state park reservation service allows you to book a specific site - so you can book your favorite, or try something new with the confidence of knowing your site is assured. A non-refundable reservation fee is charged per reservation in addition to site-use fees.

The parks website allows you to create, view, change, and cancel your reservations by creating or signing into your account. Reserve tent sites, cabins and other services offered by the parks. Here are just a handful of parks well worth a visit:

Fort Worden State Park

Next time you're traveling to the Olympic Peninsula, consider a stop at Fort Worden State Park, located near Port Townsend. Fort Worden is a 434-acre multi-use park with over two miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of services and facilities.

The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound. Many historic buildings remain at this 19th century military fort. You can visit the park on your own but the fort also is a full-service conference center, and used for seminars, conferences, retreats, and family reunions.

Guests can stay in 100-year Victorian parlors, spacious carpeted dormitories or you can reserve one of the hook-up campsites.

Altogether there are five miles of hiking trails and 12 miles of biking trails at Fort Worden. The area is gorgeous with the Olympic Mountains in the background and you'll really love the sights and sounds of the nearby sea. You can even rent kayaks and rowboats. And of course historic Port Townsend is close by.

Deception Pass State Park

This park is located in Northwest Washington at the north end of Whidbey Island where it joins the mainland. It's a marine and camping park with 77,000-feet of saltwater shoreline.

Deception Pass also has about 34,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. This park is incredibly beautiful where rugged cliffs drop to meet the turbulent waters of Deception Pass. The park is outstanding for its breath-taking views, old-growth forests, abundant wildlife, and sand dunes. And the sunsets at this park are to die for.

Visitors also enjoy hiking and biking -- in fact there are 39 miles of hiking trails at Deception Pass State Park. The Sand Dunes Interpretive Trail at West Beach includes an observation deck and signage that explains local vegetation and ecosystems.

The park is used both by boaters and campers. Campers will find 167 tent sites as well as 143 utility spaces.

Moran State Park

Located on Orcas Islands in the San Juans, Moran is a huge camping park located in one of the most beautiful spots on earth. If you've ever taken a ferry to the San Juan Islands, you know what we mean.

There are five freshwater lakes and over 30 miles of hiking trails at Moran State Park. You can climb to the top of 2,400-foot Mt. Constitution, the highest point on the San Juan Islands. When you get there, you can look out from an observation towner that offers panoramic views of the surrounding islands, the Cascade Mountains, and a variety of Canadian and American cities.

There are lots of water activities offered at Moran -- swimming, fishing and non-motorized boating are popular. Hiking is popular as well, with more than 38 miles of hiking trails.

Lake Chelan State Park

This park has been a perennial favorite for campers from all over Washington state, and with good reason. It's on the south side of the lake about 10 miles uplake from the city of Chelan and enjoys some of the most spectacular views of this incredible lake.

Lake Chelan State Park is not a huge park, but it does have a great variety of camping spots, many of them right on the water. It's forested on this side of the lake and the woods give the campsites and grounds a very special feel. The natural vegetation makes the individual camp spots seem more private.

The park has 6,000-feet of shoreline, great lakeside views, and expansive lawns for strolling and playing.

The summers at Lake Chelan tend to be hot and dry and perpetually sunny. It's rare that weather will interrupt your planned outing.

For more information on any of these parks, please visit Washington.goingtocamp.com or phone 888-226-7688.
PHOTOS: View from Lake Chelan State Park
PHOTO CREDITS: Cary Ordway
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