There are plenty of nature retreats near the Seattle area, and perhaps one of the most visually stunning is hiking to a waterfall. Summer is the perfect time to view these exquisite works of art in Mother Nature's portfolio. Our brokers love having easy access to these spectacular waterfalls within a short distance from Seattle homes for sale.
- Snoqualmie Falls - 6501 Railroad Ave. SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98024
Snoqualmie Falls, named for the Salish word meaning "moon," has been a popular tourist draw since the early 1800s. But it gained a whole new level of national attention when the majestic cascades appeared in the opening credits of David Lynch's groundbreaking TV show Twin Peaks, much of which was filmed around Snoqualmie homes for sale. Take in the view of the 270-foot falls from the pet-friendly observation deck or follow the scenic trail down to the base. Parking and viewing area are open daily from dawn until dusk.
- Shoreview Park - 17229 3rd Ave. NW, Shoreline, WA 98133
You don't even have to leave metro Seattle to see waterfalls. When you're short on time but craving a dose of nature, head to Shoreview Park, right down the street from Shoreline homes for sale. Leashed dogs are welcome on the 1.5-mile Boeing Creek Loop that features gentle waterfalls in the midst of the serene setting. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.
- Wallace Falls State Park - 14503 Wallace Lake Rd., Gold Bar, WA 98251
If you're seeking quantity and quality, look no further than Wallace Falls State Park, not far from Gold Bar homes for sale. The namesake falls include three separate tiers anchored by the Middle Falls, which drop 260 feet with additional cascades adding another 100 feet. Both Upper and Lower Falls have more than 200-foot drops as well. For the best views, take Fido along on the 5.6-mile round trip Woody Trail route. A one-day park pass is $10, and hours are 8 a.m. - dusk daily.
- Olallie State Park - 51350 SE Homestead Valley Rd., North Bend, WA 98045
Olallie State Park is known for its abundance of waterfalls, but the showstopper by far is Twin Falls. The stair-stepping tiers give the appearance of two separate waterfalls. Old-growth trees, some of which are more than 400 years old, add to the magical ambiance. Follow the Twin Falls trail to a set of stairs leading to the Lower Falls viewpoint, then continue on to a bridge that spans the canyon for a viewpoint of the Upper Falls. The pet-friendly park, just minutes from North Bend homes for sale, is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. - to dusk, and a one-day pass is $10.
- Bridal Veil Falls - Hwy. 2, Index, WA 98256
Once you see Bridal Veil Falls for the first time, you'll instantly understand how it got its name. Seven tiers cascade over numerous granite slabs for a total drop of more than 1,300 feet from top to bottom. The "bridal veil" effect occurs courtesy of a 100-foot rock face where water sprays out into a mist that replicates the look of delicate tulle. Due to the size, it's not possible to see the falls in their full length, but there are amazing views on the adjoining trail that's open to leashed dogs. Entry requires a Northwest Forest Pass, which is $5 for the day or $30 per year. Be sure to purchase ahead of time, as there is no way to buy a pass on-site near Index homes for sale.
- Carkeek Park - 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle, WA 98177
Looking for some family-friendly waterfall sites that accommodate "hikers" with shorter legs and less stamina? Pet-friendly Pipers Creek Trail at Carkeek Park, located in Seattle's Broadview neighborhood, is an easy route for any age. Kids will have fun spotting the small waterfalls along the creek, and you may even have a bonus sighting of salmon navigating the waters. Afterward, the little ones can enjoy some time at the salmon-themed play area. Carkeek Park is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. - to 10 p.m., and there are no admission fees.
Whether you prefer urban or outdoor delights, you'll find them in the Seattle area. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for experienced help with all your real estate needs.