Gorgeous Views of Puget Sound, Occasional Whales; Seattle’s Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park

Photo Compliments of J Brew

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

Park Hours

4 AM – 11:30 PM (the parking lots do not open before 7 AM)

Lincoln Park

Photo Compliments of Sea Turtle

Trail Map

Trails…walking, running, biking trails map

Park Features

  • 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).

Park Location

Address: 8011 Fauntleroy Way, Seattle, WA 98136 (Map & Directions)

Bus Options

There are bus stops on both the South and North end of the Park (Metro Online Trip Planner).

Driving Directions

I-5 North & South Bound

  1. Take the West Seattle exit.
  2. Stay to the left if you are heading North on I-5; stay to the right if you are heading South on I-5.
  3. Follow the signs to Fauntleroy Way SW.
  4. 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.)

Parking Options

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)

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  1. Looks like a lovely place.

  2. What a beautiful park. I would love to see the whales in the sound.
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  3. Lovely place to hike and bike. Wow, over 300 species of birds! 🙂

  4. One more place needing to be visited: so much to see, so (relatively) little time.
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  5. It has to be a lovely place!
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  6. Hope to see whales there one day now that I have a Seattle buddy. Hopefully will be there in August.
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  7. Beautiful images !
    I lived on Puget Sound while I was stationed at Ft. Lewis
    I could walk on the dock and a stone throw away was Narrows Bridge….
    Thank you for sharing, brought back some wonderful memories of long ago 🙂
    Take Care….You Matter…

  8. What a lovely place.

  9. Charlie I have never been to Seattle, which seems ridiculous being not so far away. Your video showing the beautiful views of Lincoln Park looks most appealing. Another for the travel list. 🙂

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