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About

This popular park offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Explore the secrets of this northwest Seattle watershed, nine miles from downtown. Here, 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach are formed by the magic of water and time. Come take part in an education program, have a picnic, or get involved as a volunteer teacher or as part of an outdoor work party. Walk the Pipers Canyon Story Trail, play on the uniquely salmon themed play area, or touch time at the historic Piper Orchard.

In Carkeek Park, years of hard work by neighbors and volunteers have brought salmon back to Pipers Creek, restored major portions of the forest, built miles of trails, created sustainable gardens, educated visitors, and restored a unique fruit orchard. A group of dedicated forest volunteers, named the WEWOS (Weekday Workers), work every Friday morning in the Carkeek Park forests, removing invasives, planting trees and shrubs, and doing aftercare. More information at Green Seattle Partnership.

Hand carry boating access is located at the shoreline south of the overpass and extending south for 300'. Access is restricted to boats arriving by water only.

Carkeek Earthkeepers Day Camps

At this time, we are currently not offering Nature Camps at Carkeek, Camp Long, or Discovery parks. We look forward to seeing you in 2022, and please check back here for updates. 

Environmental Learning Center

The Carkeek Park Enviromental Learning Center building is currently not open for visitors. A weekday preschool program for ages 3-5 is offered at the Center through a partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Creative Kids. For more information, please call them at 206-706-KIDS.

To schedule a guided educational field trip to Carkeek Park and for more information about Environmental Education opportunities across Seattle please visit the Environmental Education webpage.

Current Project

Visit Carkeek Park Playground Renovation for information on the playground renovation and how to participate in the community input process.

History

The first Carkeek Park was located at Pontiac Station just north of Sand Point and in 1918 was named for Morgan J. Carkeek, an English building contractor who came to Seattle in 1875. In 1928 the park moved to its location in northwest Seattle. From the beach you can see the southern tip of Whidbey Island, the Kitsap Peninsula, and the Olympic Mountains.