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Saint Edward State Park

Parent Category: Kenmoore
Created: 08 January 2014

14445 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore 98028

Hours: Summer:

8 a.m. to dusk. 


8 a.m. to dusk.



Park Features:
  • Children’s playground
  • 3,000 feet of freshwater shoreline
  • Views on Lake Washington
  • Beautiful old catholic seminary building
  • Trails

Saint Edward State Park is a 316-acre park which is situated on Lake Washington. The park can bost the longest stretch of undeveloped freshwater shoreline of the lake with miles of trails that are great for biking, walking and hiking.

History tells us that many years ago Native Americans used this territory for fishing. 

But in 1920s the territory was donated by the archibishop of Seattle for use as a catholic seminary. The changes in the education of seminars resulted in the sale of this property to the state for use as a state park.

This park is also considered to be kid’s friendly, because it features a huge playground for the kids. The playground was built by the community and was fully funded by people’s donations. The playground is divided into two parts.

There is a specially fenced toddler area where the kids can climb on, in, through or under. There is also a very convenient sand pit that has large trucks that can be pushed around.

The second part is for older kids. It has a great labyrinth with numbers of levels, turns and twists. There are also many slides and swings.

Saint Edward State Park is great for those who love active recreation. It provides great possibilities for hiking as it has miles of great and well-maintained trails. Hikers will encounter on their way rolling single track with log obstacles, climbs and descends, etc. Saint Edward’s trails are great for an after-work-walks and rides. These trails are open and can be used all the year round. Visitors should remember that several of the trails are open to hiking only and bikes are strictly prohibited on these trails. Check with the park office or kiosk for trail maps and information.

Saint Edward State Park also offers lots of possibilities for non-motorized boating, swimming, water skiing and fishing. Be sure to have a recreational license which is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at this state parks.

Visitors may also enjoy the waterfront, access to which from the shore is by trail only. Remember that there is no vehicle access to the beach. The beach is undeveloped and unguarded and gives the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of unspoilt nature.

Holmes Point area has a number of possibilities for picnicking, hiking, soccer, mountain biking, fishing, bicycling, swimming, bird watching, softball and horse trails.

The park features five unsheltered picnic areas with picnic tables and grills. Each area can accommodate up to 150 people. 

Nature in the park is really beautiful; the forest canopy is made up of the cedar, Douglas fir, hemlock, yew, alder, apple, ash, birch, maple, foxglove, rhododendron, roses, berries, ferns, etc.

Hikers may also encounter chipmunks, coyotes, deer, foxes, otters, raccoons, squirrels and muskrats.

Driving Directions:

From I-405 northbound:

Take exit #20-A (116th St. N.E.) and turn left. Travel for 4.5 miles. 68th Ave. turns into Juanita Dr Park entrance is on left.

From I-405 southbound:

Exit at Hwy. 522 (exit #23-B). Drive through Bothell to Kenmore. Turn left at 68th Ave, which turns into Juanita Dr. Park is 1.5 miles on the right.

From I-5:

Take exit #175 (145th St.) and travel to Bothell Way. Turn left. Continue north to 68th Ave. It turns into Juanita Dr. Park is 1.5 miles on the right.


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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Information: Marina Petrova

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