Discover a Very Cool Hiking Trail and Public Park… Underwater!

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Have you ever heard of Edmonds, Washington? If not, you’re not alone. This small but beautifully natural town that’s north of Seattle isn’t necessarily on the scuba diver’s radar.

But it does have a unique feature that will make divers take a second look especially if they’re searching for an effortlessly cool spot to visit during an upcoming summer getaway.

Edmonds Underwater Park

The attraction is the Edmonds Underwater Park and is a remarkable collection of more than 27 acres of bottom and tidelands which have been divvied up into “hiking trails” for scuba divers who want to explore.

The park was originally established in 1970 and was an immediate hit with local divers as well as traveling divers in-the-know.

Featuring a wealth of structures and sea life in every direction, the site is a fine representation of what the Northwest American scuba scene is all about.

Bruce Higgins Underwater Trails

But local scuba divers soon discovered that depending on the water conditions, the site could be a little dangerous especially if you’ve never been to it before, and aren’t quite sure where to go and what to utilize as landmarks.

As a result, a series of underwater “trails” complete with markers were formed, which soon became known as the “Bruce Higgins Underwater Trails,” in honor of the long-time volunteer who brought the trails to fruition.

27 Underwater Acres

Today, there’s more than 2.5 miles of “hiking trails” for scuba divers, which cover 27 underwater acres, and which included roped pathways to ensure divers stay on a safe and scenic track.

The result has certainly gained popularity among local scuba circles, more than 25,000 divers visit the site every year, thanks to the trail system.

Newcomers are always welcome to make a stop and discover this underwater public park for themselves.

With well-distinguished markers and pathways, divers of every skill level can enjoy a guided trek that includes a network of sunken vessels, and an ensuing artificial habitat for a wide variety of marine life.

With a rope guide throughout, even beginners can enjoy a full tour of the local Pacific Northwest wildlife without fear of veering off track.

Need More Information?

Want to plan a trip but need an extra boost? Here’re a few other reasons to visit this cool corner of Washington State.

  • There are some surface facilities available at the park, which includes parking, a dry changing area, restrooms, a shower and a foot-wash station.
  • Divers are additionally assisted with an array of charts and maps which are available at the park.
  • Air and other scuba diving supplies are readily available just a block or two away.
  • The site is home to the famed 325’ ft. long De Lion Dry Dock, which was sunk in 1935 next to the neighboring ferry dock to act as a buffer. The site is still a popular destination for West Coast divers.
  • There is a total of 10 underwater parks in Washington’s underwater park system, which means that divers can plan a full-blown vacation that is miles away from the typical summertime heat waves.

Want to escape the local heat with a vacation to the temperate Pacific Northwest? Then come discover just how cool a local “public park” can be.

Situated just off the coast, and easy to access for all ranges of divers, this is a cool little excursion that makes scuba diving fun and accessible for just about everyone.

Want to learn about diving in Washington the Pacific Northwest? Check out our website to contact us. If you live in the Dallas area, swing by our shop in Carrollton, and we’ll be happy to chat with you about scuba!

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Have you ever heard of Edmonds, Washington? If not, you’re not alone. This small but beautifully natural town that’s north of Seattle isn’t necessarily on the scuba diver’s radar.
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4 responses to “Discover a Very Cool Hiking Trail and Public Park… Underwater!”

  1. Reba Belvins says:

    Bruce Higgins is a legend around these parts! I love this park. You should check it out! Thanks for the publicity to my state!

  2. Yian Vo says:

    OMG, so cool! I have never heard about this place. I am going to add it to my list of places to visit when I go to college in WA in the fall. I hope it isn’t too cold.

  3. Monte Richards says:

    Thanks for the post! I love discovering new ways to dive.

  4. Larry Wallace says:

    Adding the markers and rope was a great idea. Safety is important.

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