With the winter season melting away, it’s almost prime time for hiking and exploration in the Cascade Mountains. Visitors from all over the nation will be flocking to the Northwest for the region’s incredible opportunities for outdoor adventure. During your own visit with us, one place you definitely won’t want to leave off your list is Waterfront Park in Leavenworth. Located right on the shores of the Wenatchee River, this wilderness oasis is one of Leavenworth’s best-kept secrets and the perfect spot for enjoying a hot summer’s day. Read on to discover the most fun things to do at the park and even more beautiful destinations like it in Leavenworth.
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4 of the Best Things to Do at Waterfront Park in Leavenworth
Blazing new trails is a great way to experience the natural beauty of Leavenworth. Waterfront Park’s nature trails wind through quiet riverbank forests and along small beach inlets. Many visitors also enjoy hiking across the bridge to Blackbird Island, Waterfront Park’s nearby neighbor. Blackbird Island is a great fishing spot and also a lovely area to enjoy a romantic picnic. Another popular hike is the trail to Enchantment Park in Leavenworth, WA, which features several of its own nature-strewn paths including River Trail and Hot Sands Trail.
2. Wildlife Viewing
As you explore Waterfront Park in Leavenworth, a few wildlife residents may stop by to say hello. Many animals make their homes in this area, including cougars, deer, bears, beavers, and all kinds of lovely birds. The park highly advises you keep your distance from these animals. Getting too close can startle them and trigger aggressive behavior. Of course, they will be more than happy to pose for one of your photos from afar.
Blackbird Island is also a nature refuge, so birdwatching is a very popular activity here. You may be able to spot quite a few spring migrants, warblers, osprey, and bald eagles.
Small beach inlets are located throughout the park, and many visitors take advantage of these spots for summertime activities. Grab a float and spend some time in the river, lounge on the shores to soak in the sunshine, or enjoy an ice-cold drink in a comfy beach chair. These are some of the best ways to take advantage of Leavenworth’s warm mid-year weather. Keep your eyes open for flashes of color as you swim, for they may be Western Tanagers or American Goldfinches.
4. Visit Barn Beach Preserve
The Waterfront Park system is adjacent to Barn Beach Reserve, home of the Wenatchee River Institute. This non-profit center supports the nature sanctuary in which it lives and also provides educational opportunities for kids, adults, and families. This area is also home to the Upper Valley Museum, a great spot for learning about the history of Leavenworth through exhibits, events, and educational programs.
Ready to start planning your visit to the park? Take a look at the Leavenworth Waterfront Park map and let’s get started!
More Leavenworth Parks and Trails
Can’t get enough of the great outdoors? You’re in luck! Here are even more of our favorite local parks and hiking trails that we’re sure you’ll love just as much as we do.
Front Street Park: Located in the heart of Downtown Leavenworth, Front Street Park is an ideal spot for taking a break from your shopping and exploring to relax in the lovely gardens. This is also the site for several popular Leavenworth events including Maifest and the Autumn Leaf Festival.
Iron Goat Trail: This historic trail runs along what used to be the Great Northern Railway! During your excursion, you’ll come across several scenic sights such as mountain overlooks, wildflower fields, and lush fern forests.
Apple Capital Loop Trail: Located in nearby Wenatchee, the Apple Capital Loop Trail is the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely stroll surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. The 10-mile paved trail also leads to some of the area’s most beautiful riverfront parks that are ideal for picnics, wildlife viewing, and recreation opportunities.
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