Paragliding and hang gliding

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Experienced paragliders and hang gliders who have their own gear can take off from Fort Flagler (paragliding), Fort Ebey (paragliding) and Steptoe Butte (paragliding and hang gliding) state parks.

Both historic forts are at the northern entrance to Puget Sound, and the views are unparalleled. The shape of Steptoe Butte, surrounded by low hills, can make for superb wind conditions. 

Soaring under your wing, catching thermals and sitting in your harness, you may spot Key Peninsula, Camano Island, Fort Worden, Fort Casey and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains from the forts. The colorful Palouse Hills roll out to the horizon from Steptoe Butte.


Before taking to the sky, you must complete and return the annual registration form to Washington State Parks. You must print and carry a copy of the registration with you when paragliding or hang gliding in an approved state park. Register online for the park you plan to recreate in:

Fort Ebey paragliding registration
Fort Flagler paragliding registration
Steptoe Butte paragliding or hang gliding registration

Download the printable state parks hang gliding and paragliding brochure!

  1. Things to remember
  2. Rules & regulations

Things to remember

  • Paragliding and hand gliding are permitted only at designated locations within approved state parks.
  • A Discover Pass is needed for vehicle access to Washington state parks. The fine for not displaying the pass is $99. For information and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass website at
  • Comply with basic safety regulations, including:
  • Observe flight rules and regulations as outlined in Part 103.
  • Preplanned landings should be made in defined areas (see posted park maps).
  • Use proper safety equipment, including helmet and radio.
  • Park visitors may enter or be present in a state park area only during designated hours of operation. 
  • Be respectful and courteous to other visitors; do not interfere with other recreational activities.
  • All Washington state laws are enforced in Washington state parks.