Take a walk in an ancient forest at Rockport State Park. Opened to the public in 1961, Rockport is less developed and a bit quieter than most of Washington's state parks. You won't find playgrounds, visitors centers, or big attractions here. But you may find solitude.
Rockport State Park's 670 acres of land were acquired by the state of Washington in 1935 for the modest sum of $1. The seller, Sound Timber, never logged the land because its trees were not considered to be very good timber at the time. Today, visitors reap the benefits of the logging company's decision. Over 500 acres of Rockport State Park are covered by old-growth forest, and some of the trees are over 400 years old.
Western hemlocks, Douglas firs, western redcedars, and big leaf maples decorate the park. Half a dozen trails weave throughout, from the ADA-accessible West Loop Interpretive Trail to the 2-mile, 1,000-foot climb up Sauk Mountain. Catch a glimpse of the Skagit River through the trees along Skagit View Trail, or simply stop for a picnic and look up at the undisturbed forest surrounding you.