Lincoln Park located in West Seattle is one of the real gems of the Emerald City. It is a 130 acre multi-purpose park that sits on a nose-shaped bluff on Puget Sound just north of the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal. Switchbacks on the north and gentle trails on the south side of the park connect a mile of sea walled, rocky beaches to a bluff of grassy forests and meadows with play and picnic areas.
This park is amazingly diverse for its size, and includes: 4.6 miles of walking paths, 3.9 miles of bike trails (the trail that traverses along the ridge above the beach with it’s amazing views of Puget Sounds is one of my very favorite Seattle walks), five picnic shelters, acres of play fields, a wading pool, and an outdoor heated saltwater pool and bathhouse.
The park, with its old growth forest, is a major migratory destination for birds and water fowl, and provides critical nesting habitat during mating season for bald eagles, as well as owls, and many other birds. Lincoln Park is home to over 300 species of birds, many of them year-round residents.
Lincoln Park – General Information
4 AM – 11:30 PM (the parking lots do not open before 7 AM)
- A mile of beach access.
- 5 picnic shelters (wonderful park for family picnics).
- Two separate children’s play areas (this is such a treasure for families with young children).
- Colman Pool (open after Memorial Day).
- 3 uunlighted ball fields.
- 2 unlighted tennis courts.
- Horseshoe pits.
- Trails throughout the park (gentile trails that easily accommodate wheel chairs and walkers).
- Wading Pool (opens after Memorial Day).
- Public Restrooms (park rustic-make appropriate arrangements).
Address: 8011 Fauntleroy Way, Seattle, WA 98136 (Map & Directions)
There are bus stops on both the South and North end of the Park (Metro Online Trip Planner).
I-5 North & South Bound
- Take the West Seattle exit.
- Stay to the left if you are heading North on I-5; stay to the right if you are heading South on I-5.
- Follow the signs to Fauntleroy Way SW.
- Stay on Fauntleroy Way SW until you come to the Park on the right hand side of the street. You can also follow the signs for Vashon Ferry – the ferry terminal is south of the Park (you will come to the Park before you get to the ferry terminal.)
A parking lot is located at the south end of the park and in the center of the park along the street. The park closes at 11:30 PM. Vehicles left after that time could be towed. The park re-opens at 4 AM for walk-ins. The parking lots are opened 7 AM throughout the year. Parking is ample, but if you do have a problem off-street parking is an option.
Orca Whales As Seen From Lincoln Park
Resident pods in Puget Sound are J, K and L pods (whale sighting from Lincoln Park)
Flickr – Lincoln Park Photos
Google –Lincoln Park Photos