Seven things to do in Seabeck Washington.
Visitors to the west sound area of the Kitsap Peninsula rarely make their way out to Seabeck on the Hood Canal. The little gem of a community has no hotels, malls or big
grocery stores. It sits quietly as it has for generations, in one of the most picturesque spots in the world. Less than 15 minutes drive from the overrun and out of control growth town of Silverdale where you can find services and stores to your hearts content, Seabeck is an anomaly – a fragile reminder of days past.
A visit to Seabeck can easily be done in one day, but we were lucky enough to have 23 days to relax and enjoy this area at our spectacular waterfront Airbnb right on Hood Canal in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains. We found many things to occupy us, including our favorite seven things to do in Seabeck Washington.
During our time here we did several hikes
around the parks and nature preserves, rode our bikes on the quiet and nearly deserted roads, enjoyed fresh Dungeness crab right from our front yard, went kayaking on the calm and beautiful waters of the canal and enjoyed pizza from the towns only food service facility.
Additionally we made a point to learn some history about our surroundings, and were
surprised to find that Seabeck was at one time a booming lumber mill town. Little remains of that era now, nor of the generations of Native Americans who once spent their summers here enjoying the bounty of the sea and forest the area offered.
Here are our favorites – the seven things to do in Seabeck Washington, nestled on the North Hood Canal in Western Washington. Visit soon.
1. Scenic Beach State Park – a beautiful
waterfront state park covered in beautiful forests this park offers swimming, beach combing, camping, picnic area as well as the historic Emel home. Events and weddings often occur here.
2. Gillimot Cove –
The 158-acre Kitsap county nature reserve Guillemot Cove located only six miles from the city center is a great place to enjoy the many trails that provide a pathway through this nature reserve. Visitors can also enjoy attractions such as a hollowed-out stump of a red cedar referred to as the Stump House, or simply enjoy the scenery provided by this preservation of nature.
3. Seabeck Conference Grounds – built in
1914 by Lawrence Colman and Arn Allen originally a YMCA operated camp, the camp is now a faith based non-profit camp and is alive and well more than 100 years later. You can stroll around the grounds and admire the many historic structures and the glorious view.
4. Anderson Landing Preserve – once upon a
time this was the site of a boat landing for supplies and lumber. Today you can walk around the forested preserve and cautiously peer over the cliff to the Puget Sound below. Trails take you down to the location of the old landing site.
5. Seabeck Pizza, General Store and Historic Landing- at this location once a booming
lumber town operated. Today the four small buildings house a nice general store, massage studio, espresso stand and the popular Seabeck Pizza take-away pizza joint. Take time to stroll out on to the marina pier for a nice view back at the historic old town.
6. Seabeck Cemetery- just a half a mile south from
the old landing watch for a tiny sign pointing to the historic Seabeck Cemetery. Graves dating back more than a hundred years are now overgrown with salal but an effort is currently underway to refurbish and preserve the site. Many of Seabeck’a founders lie here. Including some of my own ancestors.
7. Get on the water – you can arrive by boat
and make use of the marina at the landing. Or bring your SUP or kayak. Both are very popular pastimes in the summer when the canal is calm and warm. Fishing and crabbing are also popular. Seals, otter, porpoises and the occasional orca whale can be spotted as well as bald eagles, osprey and much more wildlife from the water.
Seabeck – a hidden gem seemingly stuck in a bygone century. Worth a visit. Fabulous!