Judd Cove Preserve, Eastsound

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#6 of 9 in Parks in Orcas Island
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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  • A recent review said Judd Cove had no public access.... not true! What is true is that in Orcas fashion, the road looks like a drive way and the "Private/No Trespassing" signs are ten times more... 
    A recent review said Judd Cove had no public access.... not true! What is true is that in Orcas fashion, the road looks like a drive way and the "Private/No Trespassing" signs are ten times more...  more »
  • A little off the beaten path, just before you get into Eastsound. Not a lot of parking, but a nice walk down to the "Lime Kiln" built in the 1890s and the beach. Make sure you respect the adjacent.....  more
    A little off the beaten path, just before you get into Eastsound. Not a lot of parking, but a nice walk down to the "Lime Kiln" built in the 1890s and the beach. Make sure you respect the adjacent.....  more »
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  • Easy to miss pull off! Wide path with easy decline to historical Kiln & beach. (Waterfall hidden around the corner) Quarry loop moderate >10min. jaunt with boulders.
  • Judd Cove Preserve is a pleasant spot on the northwest end of East Sound. As a land bank preserve, it is a community owned and managed piece of pristine property which is made available for the public's enjoyment. There is a number of things to explore within the preserve including an old lime kiln close to the water, an old logging/mining road which wraps around the preserve and makes for a secluded walk in the woods, and of course, the cove itself where you can find a sandy beach with a small waterfall emptying into the ocean. This spot seems to stay off the radar for most visitors, but as a local (in past years), I found Judd Cove to be my escape from it all. Moran Park is always kinda crowded, so I found all the holes in the wall that i could find. Judd Cove was my typical go-to being close to town (Eastsound), and the fact that so few (tourists) seemed to even know it was there. If you happen to find it by chance, consider yourself lucky, but I wouldn't doubt things are a little busier there these days. Always be mindful that this place is owned by private individuals, and is a community organized effort to preserve the natural value of the land and the delicate ecosystems that thrive in these small cove environments. I strongly support the initiative, and hope to see places like these remain open to the public.

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