One of my favorite walks in the small town of Anacortes is the Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve Trail. If you are short on time, the trail can be easily walked in 15-20 minutes. If you have longer, take advantage of reading the interpretive information that shows vegetation and wildlife you might encounter.
What’s Great About Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve Trail?
- Two thousand feet of sandy beach, yes, sand, not pebble!
- Part of the boardwalk leads you through a portion of wetlands.
- Birds, birds, and more birds, like cormorants, hummingbirds, and waterfowl. (The saltwater and the freshwater marsh creates a lot of birding activity.)
- Ferry, island and Mt. Baker (on a clear day) views.
- Family and dog-friendly.
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Directions: It can be a little tricky for a non-local to find. Going west on Hwy 20/Oakes Ave. turn right on Glasglow Way (this will lead you through a housing development), then turn left on Edwards Way (second street). Drive down the road until you reach a cul de sac and park. The trail is part of the Anacortes City Park system, and there are no fees. You’ll notice there are two trails. The one to the east is Guemes Channel Trail. The one to the west is Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve Trail. Travel tip: In the cul-de-sac is a doggie bag station and a port-a-potty.
Travel Tip: If you are waiting in the Anacortes ferry line, you can easily see Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve Trail. There are a few goat trails that meander from the line-up area down to the beach, where you can then connect with the trail. It’s a great way to pass the time.
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