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Ebey`s Landing National Historical Reserve
On Whidbey Island
This rural historic district preserves an unbroken historical record of Puget Sound exploration and settlement from the 19th century to the present. Historic farms, still under cultivation in the prairies of Whidbey Island, reveal land-use patterns unchanged since settlers claimed the land in the 1850s under the Donation Land Claim Act. Two state parks and the Victorian seaport community of Coupeville are also in the reserve. The prairies, seaport, and dramatic coastal beaches and cliffs create a cultural landscape of national significance. The 19,000-acre reserve was authorized on November 10, 1978.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Bird-watching, boating, hiking, picnicking, scuba diving, self-guided touring of Coupeville and surroundings on foot or by bike or car. Facilities: Island County Historical Museum (downtown Coupeville), scenic vistas and pullouts, wayside exhibits, historic homes and farmsteads, trails. Boat launch area. Programs & Events: Self-guided tours. Interpretive walks (June-Sept.). Tips & Hints: Stop at museum to pick up brochure for self-guided tours of Coupeville and surrounding reserve. Use caution on beach to avoid being caught on headlands during high tides. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Dec. and Jan.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: In the park: Fort Casey State Park (1280 Engle Rd., Coupeville, tel. 360/678-4519; 35 sites; $16; flush toilets, showers), Fort Ebey State Park (400 Hill Valley Dr., Coupeville, tel. 360/678-4636; 50 sites; $16-$21; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups; reservations required). Hotels: In the park: Captain Whidbey Inn (2072 Captain Whidbey Inn Rd., Coupeville, tel. 360/678-4097; 32 rooms, 3 cottages; $85-$170), Inn at Penn Cove (702 N. Main St., Coupeville, tel. 360/678-8000 or 800/688-2683; 6 rooms; $60-$125). X Restaurants: In the park: Christophers (23 Front St., Coupeville, tel. 360/678-5480; $15-$20), Rosis (602 N. Main St., Coupeville, tel. 360/678-3989; $17-$22; no lunch). Groceries & Gear: In the park: Prairie Center Red Apple Market (408 S. Main St., Coupeville, tel. 360/678-5611).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. No beach fires. Respect property rights of landowners. Hike on designated trails only. Leashed pets only. No collecting driftwood, plants, rocks, or other natural features. State parks open 8-dusk. Island County Historical Museum open May-Sept., daily 10-5; Oct.-Apr, daily 10-4.
HOW TO GET THERE
The reserve, on central Whidbey Island, can be reached by car via Rte. 20 or by the Washington State Ferry system (tel. 206/464-6400; 888/ 808-7977 in Washington), which provides year-round car and passenger service from Port Townsend and Mukilteo. Closest airports: Oak Harbor (8 mi), Seattle (90 mi).
Ebeys Landing National Historical Reserve (Box 774, Coupeville, WA 98239, tel. 360/678-6084). Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce (32630 Rte. 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, tel. 360/675-3535).