Washington State Parks

Washington National and State Parks and Recreation

Washington state has three national park, 186 State Parks,  26 State Recreation Areas, 3 State Forests, 6 State Fish Hatcheries, 1 State Natural Area, 6 State Wildlife Areas, 1 State Wildlife Management Area, 7 National Forests,  2 National Historic Sites, 2 National Historic Parks, 20 National Wildlife Refuges, 3 National Recreation Areas, and 32 wilderness areas.


Washington National Parks

Washington State Parks

Washington State Recreation Areas

Washington State Forests

Washington State Fish Hatcheries

Washington State Natural Area

Washington State Wildlife Areas

  • State Wildlife Management Area

Washington National Forests

Washington National Historic Sites

Washington National Historic Parks

Washington National Wildlife Refuges

  • Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Hanford Reach National Monument  
  • Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-Tailed Deer
  • Jones Island State Park National Wildlife Refuge
  • Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge
  • Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge
  • Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge

Washington National Recreation Areas

Washington Wilderness Areas

There are 32 wilderness areas in the state of Washington.

  • Alpine Lakes Wilderness
  • Boulder River Wilderness
  • The Brothers Wilderness
  • Buckhorn Wilderness
  • Clearwater Wilderness
  • Colonel Bob Wilderness
  • Glacier Peak Wilderness
  • Glacier View Wilderness
  • Goat Rocks Wilderness
  • Henry M. Jackson Wilderness
  • Indian Heaven Wilderness
  • Juniper Dunes Wilderness
  • Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness
  • Mount Adams Wilderness
  • Mount Baker Wilderness
  • Mount Rainier Wilderness
  • Mount Skokomish Wilderness
  • Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness
  • Norse Peak Wilderness
  • Olympic Wilderness
  • Pasayten Wilderness
  • Salmo-Priest Wilderness
  • San Juan Wilderness
  • Stephen Mather Wilderness
  • Tatoosh Wilderness
  • The Enchantments
  • Trapper Creek Wilderness
  • Washington Islands Wilderness
  • Wenaha–Tucannon Wilderness
  • Wild Sky Wilderness
  • William O. Douglas Wilderness
  • Wonder Mountain Wilderness

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