Miller Peninsula State Park Property
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Miller Peninsula State Park Property

visited 11 December 2020

You might be forgiven for thinking that this isn’t really a full-fledged state park. From the official description, the park isn’t developed yet due to lack of funding. But, if you are looking for a great place to hike, missing this park would be a big oversight. You should go.

Miller Peninsula State Park offers miles of well-groomed hiking trails.

This supposedly “undeveloped” park actually offers miles of well-groomed and well-marked hiking and biking trails. When I visited (admittedly on a cold December morning), they were little used.

That said, somebody did take the time to decorate one of the trails in Christmas style:

It takes a few miles of hiking to get there, but the park offers a quiet beach with very quiet access to and views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

After spending some quiet time on the beach, I hiked two hours to get back to my car.

I didn’t see another person the entire time.

A funny story about this park and the 146 Parks site: A month or so after I had launched this site (which included counting the parks, registering the domain, and building the logo, among other things), I discovered that I had entered one of the parks twice in my inventory of the parks.

If so, that would mean there would only be 145 parks.

Awkward!

And then, while on my way to visit Dungeness Spit (also a worthy hike, though not a state park), I drove past a sign pointing to “Miller Peninsula State Park Property.” Hmmm. I had – as my introduction above suggested – overlooked this park, thinking it was not really a park yet. I made a mental note to reconsider. Further research showed that it was, in fact, worth visiting.

So now, once again, I believe there are 146 state parks in Washington. I look forward to visiting and documenting the remaining 135 of them.

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