Miscellaneous activities

All-Terrain Vehicle Riding

Riverside State Park near Spokane offers a 600-acre area for dirt bikes and off-road vehicles. Amenities include a restroom, picnic shelter, parking, and public phone.

Bird & Wildlife Watching

From starfish and limpets in tidepools, to coyotes, weasels, and elk, watchable wildlife is everywhere in Washington state parks. Watch for seals and migrating gray whales from the beach at Westport Light, or head to Rasar in the off-season to see the bald eagles that winter along the Skagit River. Palouse Falls, a grassy oasis for wildlife in the southeastern Washington desert, has yellow-bellied marmots, cottontail rabbits, prairie falcons, and swans. Check individual park listings for details on "featured creatures" found in each state park.

Field & Team Sports

Bring mom and dad for a game of golf, or bring the whole volleyball team. We've got ball diamonds, tennis and badminton courts, soccer fields, horseshoes, and hoops.

Interpretive Activities

Through our interpretive activities, you can follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, marvel at lands shaped by Ice Age floods, or discover a primordial marsh in modern suburbia. From self-guided nature trails to full-scale interpretive centers, your exploration of our state's human and natural history starts here.


Paragliding is permitted at Fort Ebey and Fort Flagler state parks. All paragliders must register with Washington State Parks and comply with posted regulations.

Rock Climbing

Challenging rock-climbing areas are found inside or close to nearly a dozen state parks. Popular climbing locations include the 200-foot sandstone spires of Peshastin Pinnacles - with sweeping views of the Cascade Range and Wenatchee River Valley below - and historic Beacon Rock above the lower Columbia River.