• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Swimming

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  • Season:

    Year Round

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Just off of the scenic Chuckanut Drive is a secluded cove perfect for watching a sunset or hanging out with friends. Arrive at low tide to see dozens of colorful starfish while wandering along the beach.

On Chuckanut Drive (State Route 11) pull off onto a small, unmarked, one-way road that offers parking for Teddy Bear Cove before quickly rejoining the road. There is space to pull over on the road for approximately 15-20 cars. If you are heading North to South, the road is on your right, if heading South to North, you’ll have to find somewhere to do a U-turn in order to enter the side road by going the right way. Once parked, turn back towards Chuckanut Drive and either walk along the road (very carefully) and come to a wooden staircase or use the path ahead of you to begin the trail. Either way, you’ll soon run into a sign for Teddy Bear Cove.

Continue down the trail along switchbacks that cut steeply into the hillside. Wooden steps help you descend until you arrive at a railroad track. Cross very carefully, as the train is active. The last few wooden stairs are just to your left. 

(Note: There is alternate access to the railroad tracks from the Interurban Trail)

You’re here! Use the steps to descend onto the South beach and sit among the driftwood, go for a swim, or scramble along the rocks to see dozens of colorful starfish. Make sure to also climb the steps up onto the cliff to find a series of meandering trails that lead to various viewpoints, and down a staircase to a second beach that hugs the train tracks. Up here is a forest of twisted, bark-less trees that are just asking for a hammock to be draped over their elegant limbs. There is no shortage of views not matter where you wander to.  

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Day Pack
  • Snacks and Water
  • Hammock
  • Swimwear (Summer)
  • Blanket (optional)
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We came here on a warm weekday afternoon. Very pretty spot. The boys waded in the water and we read on the beach.

9 months ago
9 months ago

Love this little cove. Especially nice @ sunset on a clear day!!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Katherine Haveman

Aspiring photographer and adventure enthusiast.

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