One of the best things about life on Bainbridge Island is our abundance of beautiful parks and trails. Whether you’re up for a stroll with your kids, a brisk walk with your dog, a trot on your horse, a lazy picnic, a rough rumble on your mountain bike, a vigorous hike, or quiet birdwatching, we have it all. From wetlands, to upland forest, to sandy coastline, to wooded ravines, outside is where it’s at around here. Inside Bainbridge is building information about our parks for bikers, hikers, horseback riders, kayakers, and all manner of outdoor enthusiasts. Here is a list of our major (and some minor) parks, with their locations. More in-depth information about each of these parks is available on longer posts here on the Outside section of this website.
Battle Point Park: Enter the park from Arrowpoint Road on the east side, Battle Point Road on the west, or Frey Road on the north, each with parking lots.
Blakely Harbor Park: Enter from 3-T Road off of Blakely Avenue. Access the other side of the harbor from NE Country Club Road, where there is a small area to park along the road next to the park entrance sign. Across from this sign is the trailhead leading up to Fort Ward State Park.
Eagledale Park: Turn off of Eagle Harbor Drive onto Rose Avenue next to the wall with graffiti. There is a sign for the park there too. Take Rose about half a mile and turn right into the park.
Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park: Walk toward the water from downtown Bainbridge Island (Winslow).
Fairy Dell Trail: Enter just north of Battle Point Park on the north side of Frey Road. Parking is available in a large parking lot on the north side of Battle P oint Park. The trail can also be accessed from an unmarked path at the corner of Venice Loop and Kirk Avenue (no parking is allowed), as well as from the beach at the bottom of the trail over a rough rock staircase recently built by the Park District.
Fay Bainbridge Park: Take Sunrise Road north and turn to the right into the park.
Forest to Sky Trail: Enter across Miller Road from the Grand Forest West Trailhead or at the southeast corner of Battle Point Park (through the fence).
Fort Ward Park: Take Pleasant Beach Drive south from Lynnwood Center through a residential neighbor hood and a chain link fence and park by the boat ramp. The steep loop trail is accessed from the parking area across from the water. Or take Belfair Road to the upper parking and picnic area.
Gazzam Lake Park and Nature Preserve: Enter the north end of the park a quarter mile west of Crystal Spring Drive from Marshall Road, with limited parking; enter from the South end off of Baker Hill Road on Deerpath Lane, with a four-car parking area at the trailhead.
Grand Forest: Look for parking and multiple trailheads along the east side of Miller Road and on Mandus Olson Road off of Koura on the north end or off of New Brooklyn Road on the south end.
Hidden Cove Trail: The main access point to the trail system is from the ball fields on the west side of Phelps Road. Turn off of Phelps at the Bainbridge Parks and Recreation sign and park in the lot. Follow the edge of the fields at the far right side until you find an unmarked trail to the right leading into the woods.
Manzanita Park: Heading west on Day Road, about a half mile from Highway 305, turn right on a gravel road and drive a short distance to an open area for parking. A trailhead marker is visible, or you can walk straight beyond the parking area onto the trail at the north end of the loop toward the ho rse corral.
Meigs Park: Enter the park from a four-car parking area located on the south side of Koura Road, just off of Highway 305.
Strawberry Hill Park: Enter at the park sign off of High School Road, west of downtown and east of Fletcher Bay Road.
Ted Olson Nature Preserve: Turn east off of North Madison Avenue at the sign for the Preserve and park in the lot. The trail can be accessed from either end of the loop.
West Port Madison Nature Preserve: Although this park is adjacent to the Bloedel Reserve, it is accessed off of Highway 305 on West Port Madison Road heading east. Follow it past Smoland Lane to the corner of West Port Madison Road and Country Park Road, where you will see a sign for West Port Madison Nature Preserve and a small parking lot.
Tracks on the beach photo by Sarah Lane. All other photos by Julie Hall.