About the Area
Dugualla State Park
Visiting Dugualla State Park will truly give you a view of pristine island country on Whidbey Island. This new state park was recently acquired, and is largely undeveloped, giving you solitude and peace in a natural setting.
Located just a few minutes north of the city of Oak Harbor, Dugualla State Park features trails that provide views of several lovely points of interest in the area. With a headquarters for your Whidbey Island vacation at the Coachman Inn in Oak Harbor, visiting Dugualla State Park could be part of your plans for a day of natural beauty and wildlife viewing, or you could schedule it in as a natural break during a day of shopping and sightseeing.
A trip from the Coachman Inn to Dugualla State Park will take only a few minutes, so it could also be a great place for an early morning stroll or power walk as you enjoy the scenery.
The park is a 586 acre tract acquired from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources by the Washington State Park and Recreation Commission. The site is largely undeveloped and thus beautifully natural.
You can access the park from East Sleeper Road, traveling to the end. The park overlooks the Dugualla and Skagit Bays, and you can also see Goat Island and the Swinomish Channel's south entry from different locations in the park.
Traveling along the 4,800 feet of beachfront in the park does provide some stunning views, but is a muddy process at this point. The beach is particularly difficult to reach at low tide.
The better option is the number of walking trails cleared on the plateau. There are several different trails of varying difficulty, and there are plentiful examples of wetlands and great habitats for a variety of wildlife species.
The Dugualla State Park is little known, even by residents of Oak Harbor, but the staff at the Coachman Inn, the award-winning hotel in Oak Harbor, will be happy to give you directions for the short drive that will get you there.
There are several miles of trail for hikers at any level and of any age. The trails travel through alder groves and wetlands, as well as climbing a steep trek to a beach at Dugualla Bay.
Immediately as you enter the park, going north (to your left) will take you on a short trail known as the north trail. Going to the right will take you to the wetland trail if you stay on the main trail, or if you cut off on the Big Tree Trail or the Beach Trail on your left, you'll end up at the Dugualla Bay beach. The Beach trail is more challenging.
The friendly Coachman Inn front desk staff will gladly tell you more about the Whidbey Island parks during your stay with them.
Before you check out the Dugualla Bay State Park on Whidbey Island, check into the nearby Coachman Inn, where we have been voted Best of Whidbey Island for two years running and awarded the AAA Three Diamond rating, their highest rating for vacation lodging. To check availability, call the Coachman now at 800-635-0043 or click here.