Rockport State Park - Washington

Park Overview

Rockport State Park is a 670-acre park in an ancient forest. The old growth was never logged, and the entire ecosystem remains in place, creating a rare, natural forest with a canopy so dense that minimal sunlight penetrates to the ground. The park stands at the foot of Sauk Mountain, which has an elevation of 5,400 feet and a steep but climbable trail to the top.

History

Opened in 1961, the park derives its name from the community of Rockport. The town itself was named for the numerous large rocks near the boat landing on the Skagit River. The old-growth timber that is the park's most immediately recognizable feature, covers nearly 600 acres. The trees exist because the Sound Timber Company refused to log them. Instead, in 1935, Sound Timber sold the land and timber to the state of Washington for $1. Washington State Parks acquired the property from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources in 1961.

Park Features

The park has over 600 acres of old-growth timber, and an ecosystem that has never been disrupted. A moderately steep U.S. Forest Service trail leads to scenic views at the peak of Sauk Mountain.

Interpretive opportunities

The David Douglas Historical Marker is located in the park. David Douglas was a horticulturalist who discovered the Douglas fir in 1825. The species was eventually named for him. Some of the park's Douglas firs stand as tall as 250 feet.

The North Cascades National Park Visitor Center is located in Newhallem, 23 miles east of the park.

Address

51095 Highway 20, Rockport, WA 98283

Directions

Located eight miles east of Concrete, Wash. in Skagit County.

From I-5 south:

Take exit #230, and follow SR. 20 east for 37 miles to milepost-96.5.

From I-5 north:

Head towards Burlington and take exit #230,follow Hwy. 20 east for 37 miles to milepost-96.5.

From Winthrop:

Drive west 94 miles on Hwy. 20 to park entrance.

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