It’s no secret that we love the outdoors here in the pacific northwest. If there’s one thing we have plenty of, it’s great outdoor spaces. Whether you’re looking to sit by the ocean, take the kids to the playground, or enjoy a nice stroll through the forest, there are plenty of options - which is why we’re giving you the top 5 best parks in Snohomish County.
#5: MARTHA LAKE PARK
Best For: Kids, Family, Swimming, Fishing
Sitting on 6 beautiful acres, this park is like a hidden gem in the heart of a fast-growing urban area. Located in Lynnwood, Martha Lake Park is the perfect mix between spending time in nature and having access to all the amenities you may need. It offers a fishing dog and boardwalks throughout so you can explore the wetlands and lake before spending some time at the elaborate playground. Picnic shelters are available to reserve, and there are permanent restrooms open from Spring until Fall.
Fun Fact: Prior to what it is today, Marth Lake County Park was originally planned to be developed into condominiums or a business park, but the plans made by the previous owner proved infeasible by the county, so community groups pushed to create a regional park!
4. MINER’S CORNER
Best For: ADA Accessible Play, Sports, Nature Walks
You might be surprised to learn that there’s 13 acres near central Bothell that offers the Department’s first 100% universally accessible facility. Miner’s Corner is unique because of this, and more. Not only does the large playground have a rockwall, it features a massive lookout tower, one of the tallest ramp accessible play features in the world. Designed to retain wild areas, the sand and water garden gives visitors the opportunity to interact with wildlife throughout the park. Many paths run through the garden and woods, including a fully accessible path network that creates a half mile loop perimeter. Don’t forget to check out the multipurpose lawn area to join in on a pickup game of soccer. And if soccer isn’t for you, there’s always a full sized basketball court along with four square courts.
Fun Fact: The stormwater system at this park uses native landscape to put runoff water to use, rather than having high maintenance costs to redirect it. Over time, this runoff will help areas with young trees become reforested.
3. HALLER PARK
Best For: Kids, Splash Pad, Picnics
If you happen to venture to the northern edge of the county on a warm summer day, you’ll likely want to stop in at Haller Park. Just a short jaunt off of i-5, you’ll find an amazing new splash pad, a jungle gym, shaded tables, and views of the Stillaguamish River all in one place. With easy access and off street parking, you might even want to pack a picnic and spend the day.
The Centennial Trail also runs through the park, so you can easily find your way to a pleasant nature walk or into downtown Arlington to do some local shopping or grab a bite to eat.
Fun Fact: Haller Park is the central point for many events in Arlington. It hosts everything from the 4th of July Festival to the Great Stilly Duck Dash to the Pedal Paddle Puff Triathlon. The Annual Pancake Breakfast is even hosted there!
2. KAYAK POINT
Best For: Camping, Picnic, Kayaking, Fishing, Beach Fire
Known for its beautiful saltwater beach with an evergreen forest as the backdrop, Kayak Point really has it all. Whether you’re looking for a place to spend the day fishing from a pier, a local boat launch, or a covered beachfront barbeque and firepit spot, you can find it all here. With restrooms near the playground along with 3,300 feet of shoreline to explore, you could spend an entire day here - or longer, if you’re looking to stay at one of the overnight campsites. If you haven’t camped in a yurt, now is your chance.
Fun Fact: Flounder, true cod, rockfish, sole, and walleye pollock are caught at Kayak Point year-round! And, during crabbing season, you can crab off of the pier during daylight hours.
1. FLOWING LAKE PARK & CAMPGROUND
Best For: Camping, Nature Walks, Fishing
East Snohomish County is home to Flowing Lake Park & Campground - also known as Leckie’s Beach. Here, you’ll find the typical day-use area provisions, such as a playground, beach with a boat launch, fishing dock, and picnic shelters. But this popular park offers some unique twists! Not only does this park have an amphitheater, but the campground has 4 cozy cabins available year-round along with 48 campsites, heated bathrooms, and a peaceful nature trail.
Fun Fact: Through a Conservation Futures grant, the park was expanded from 38 acres to nearly 195 acres in 2014. That’s a lot to explore! The Flowing Lake Campground is only one of seven in Snohomish County Parks campground system. You can always reserve your spot online.
So there you have it, some of our favorite parks in Snohomish County. There are many more great parks in the county that deserve a visit - here is a list of them all. Go check them out for yourself and let us know which one is your favorite!