Saint Edward State Park, Kenmore

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Saint Edward State Park is a 316-acre (128 ha)-park in Kenmore, Washington and Kirkland, Washington. It is part of the Washington State Park System. Before becoming a Catholic seminary and later a state park, the area was logged in the 19th century and again in the 1920s. A series of trails runs through the park for bicyclists and hikers. The forest canopy is primarily made up of the Coast Douglas-fir, Western Redcedar, Bigleaf Maple, Pacific Madrone and Western Hemlock. Its dense carpet includes many varieties of fern (mainly Western Sword Fern), shrub and moss. It is flanked on the west by an undeveloped beach on Lake Washington. The park surrounds the Saint Thomas Center, which houses Bastyr University.

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  • This beautiful state park on the lake is a hidden gem. I live close by and have only recently known of it's existence. So happy I found it! Nice trails/paths, and adjacent to the newly opened Lodge.....  more
    This beautiful state park on the lake is a hidden gem. I live close by and have only recently known of it's existence. So happy I found it! Nice trails/paths, and adjacent to the newly opened Lodge.....  more »
  • There are some nice walks and hikes you can take here and afterwards, go to the Cedar and Elm Restaurant for a meal or beverage. 
    There are some nice walks and hikes you can take here and afterwards, go to the Cedar and Elm Restaurant for a meal or beverage.  more »
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  • Saint Edward State Park has always been a favorite for our family starting with the awesome playground that looks like a medieval castle with labyrinth and towers to the Groto and the several trails from easy to moderate and difficult. Limited bike access and pets on a leash. We mostly like to stroll down the easiest trail (stroller friendly) and get to the shores of Lake Washington for a fun time with the kids splashing in the water. There's a couple of vaulted toilet by the beach but no potable water. There used to be a Seminary at the entrance and since we hadn't been in while we just noticed the turned it into a Loch with nice patio area and a restaurant and valet service. Maybe will check it out on a different time. Anyway, keep in mine this is a state park and you'll need a Discovery pass or buy a day pass at the parking lot.
  • Beautiful spot with some really tranquil areas. There's a playground for little kids that is absolutely massive! And the cove was also a serene place to hang out at. But the real highlight is the lake at the base of the trail. There are several trails, so be aware: the grotto trail is a much more difficult trail than the main trail, and may be too challenging for younger or more novice hikers. The view at the bay is lovely, and is definitely worth the hike!

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