Seeking the unique in Skagit County
There are many interesting and unique places to explore in Skagit County: from beaches to islands, farmland to mountains. If you enjoy the outdoors you'll enjoy exploring Skagit County. Use this site to find places that you would like to visit. Enjoy!
Bounded by the North and South Forks of the Skagit River, Fir Island is a magical combination of farms and nature preserves.
Farm Haven Rescue
Nestled between the Skagit River and the Cultus Mountains, Farm Haven Rescue is an idyllic home to many rescued cows, sheep, goats, donkeys, roosters, hens, and of course cats and dogs.
Exploring Downtown Mount Vernon
Join David Johnson on a tour of downtown Mount Vernon. You'll see some of the more interesting shops, meet many fascinating people, and find out why Mount Vernon is much more than tulips.
Upper Skagit Valley
For a day filled with picturesque winding roads, river and mountain views, small towns, and state parks, follow the Skagit River up the Skagit Valley.
The W. T. Preston Snagboat
The W. T. Preston snagboat cleared the Skagit River and other waterways of snags and debris from the 1930s to the 1980s. It's part of the Maritime Heritage Center in Anacortes. For more information: https://www.anacorteswa.gov./333/Museum
Five minutes by ferry from Anacortes...a world away. Explore by car or bicycle. Hike to the top of Guesmes Mountain for a 360 degree view. For more information: http://www.guemesisland.info.
Padilla Bay National Estuarine Reserve
An interpretive center with hands-on exhibits, aquariums, an interpretive trail through woods and meadows, and a 180 degree view of Padilla Bay. It's all here at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve located just minutes north of Highway 20. For more information: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/padillabay/
WSU Master Gardener Discovery Garden
Beautiful gardens and everything you wanted to know about local plants. Fun for adults and children. Just a short drive from downtown Mount Vernon. Open year 'round from dawn 'til dusk. Admission is free. For more information: http://extension.wsu.edu/skagit/mg/
The quieter side of Deception Pass. Picnic, rent kayaks and paddle boards, and hike along the north and south sides of the bay. For more information: http://www.deceptionpassfoundation.org/around-the-park/bowman-bay/