Lime Kiln Point State Park, Friday Harbor

4.7
#1 of 20 in Parks in San Juan Islands
Lime Kiln Point State Park is a 36-acre Washington state park on the western shore of San Juan Island in the San Juan archipelago. The park is considered one of the best places in the world to view wild orcas from a land-based facility. Due to the unique bathymetric properties of the site, visitors on the shore can be within 20 feet of whales jumping out of the water (breaching and spyhopping). The park was the site of lime kilns beginning in 1860, and one kiln has been restored as a public exhibit.
The park provides opportunities for picnicking, hiking, beachcombing, orca watching, and tours of the still operational Lime Kiln Light. An interpretive center has displays and activities about orcas and the area's former lime kiln industry.
The park is supported in part by the Friends of Lime Kiln. Volunteers and marine naturalists are often onsite to assist and educate visitors.
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  • The whole family can enjoy this easy hike along the water. Interesting to see the old kilns and read about its history. You might chance upon some sea lions along the way.  more »
  • Lime Kiln Point State Park provides wonderful trails that hug the coastline. During the summer, resident orcas can be seen (sadly, less so now than previously) as you walk along the shoreline. Just be...  more »
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  • Another beautiful historical location on San Juan Island. This is where you want to go for whale watching if not by boat. Also lots of great hiking for every level.
  • Beautiful. Clean. Safe trails. There are some Picnic tables. Spectacular views. You need a discovery pass approx $13 per day to park. We got the annual at $35 so we could see other Washington State parks. But worth every penny. Will be back.

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