Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve is absolutely massive! This 4,589-acre region on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound is framed on two sides by beautiful coastal views, and hosts a large and diverse array of hiking trails, fishing, white sand beaches, historic areas and other recreational opportunities. Housing three state parks and the historic Coupeville, you won't run out of things to do here. You can access the Reserve from the mainland by taking Washington State Route 20. You can also take a ferry from Mukilteo or Port Townsend.
Once you make it to the Reserve, you'll want to grab a map at a visitor center and get oriented. Since the Reserve comprises of 80% privately owned land, be sure to respect those areas. While there are no fees or set hours for the reserve, some areas set their own hours, so check your itinerary before you go. To gain admittance into the three state parks, you will need the Washington State Park Discover Pass that runs $10.
Dogs are welcome anywhere in the public areas of the reserve provided they're leashed at all times. Best of all, there's the 10 acre Patmore Pit Off Leash Area right inside the reserve for dogs to run free. With an enclosed agility course and a semi-enclosed space for playing, your dog can get out some much needed energy. An information kiosk, picnic tables and parking are also on site. Grab a map from the entrance to the reserve to help find this pupperdise located on 497 Patmore Road.
Several hiking trails offer another woofderful opportunity for you and your pup to get out the wiggles. The historic Bluff Trail is a 38 mile stretch of varied terrain that winds through the northern half of the grounds. The first 5 miles of these trails are the most paved and regularly maintained in the reserve, which is why the city suggests these as your best bet for taking your dog on. Be sure to take clean-up bags with you on your adventure through the reserve, as well as water to share with your thirsty pup. Note that there are not trash cans located throughout the reserve, so you'll have to pack out all waste.
For a true adventure, you and your pup will love exploring Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve!