For a quiet nature outing with your canine BFF in Jefferson County, make your way to Anderson Lake State Park! Less than half an hour from Port Townsend on the northeastern Olympic Peninsula, this 500-acre park combines an alder, cedar, and fir forest with freshwater marshes, making it a furrific destination for any outdoor enthusiast. So pack a picnic and leash up your pup—it's time to go on an adventure!
This remote day-use site features 10 trails that circle and slope down to the park's namesake, the 70-acre Anderson Lake. With 8 miles of shady, multi-use forest trails to explore, high-energy doggos will surely be tuckered out after spending an afternoon at the state park. For a pleasant loop around the water, begin at the small gravel parking lot near the vault toilets. Next to the boat launch, you and Fido will find the start of the Lakeside Trail, which will take you through grassy marshes, wild berry patches, and a forest. You'll cross a few walking bridges as well. Though the trail is well-maintained, there are several exposed tree roots along the way, so be sure to watch your step!
The Lakeside Trail connects to other trails that connect to even more trails, so you can add on or switch routes as you please. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife along the way, but don't forget to observe proper trail petiquette by always keeping your pup on a leash and cleaning up after them. Remember to bring plenty of water for you and your furry hiking buddy. There is no potable water at the park, and the lake has had recurring toxic algae issues, so never let Fido swim or drink from it! Several picnic tables by the lakeshore provide spots to sit, relax, and eat lunch after your hike.
Stretch your legs and get some fresh air with your pooch at Anderson Lake State Park!