Island Center Forest
About the Park:
Located in the center of Vashon Island, Island Center Forest is a Forest Stewardship Council® (license code FSC-C008225) certified working forest and natural area managed to demonstrate sustainable forest management while protecting and restoring the health of the site's habitat. Enjoy a picnic at the Forest Cathedral picnic shelter designed and built by islanders using local island wood.
Ten miles of multi-use trails lead visitors through 440 acres of consisting of forested stands, meadows, the Mukai Pond and the Meadowlake wetlands which form the headwaters of Judd Creek. Island Center Forest is habitat to a variety of wildlife, including more than 70 bird species.
Coinciding with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s designated hunting season in October, 220 acres of Island Center Forest are open for seasonal deer hunting and closed to other visitors, making this the only public land on Vashon Island where deer hunting has been allowed.
Park Activities: birding, dog walking, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, nature observation, picnic shelter, volunteer
10612 SW 188th St, Vashon, WA 98070
Nearby Bus Stops: 118, 119 on Vashon Hwy SW
Parking: There is a parking lot at SW 188 St that can accommodate horse trailers. Parking is limited to cars only at the Cemetery Trailhead on 115th Ave SW.
There are four trailheads:
Mukai Trailhead: at the end of 115 Ave SW
Westside Trailhead: off of Westside Hwy SW, north of the Vashon Recycling and Transfer Station
Cemetery Trailhead: at the end of 115 Ave SW
188th Trailhead: at he end of SW 188 St
Text KING ISLAND to 468311 to load the map onto your smartphone.
Island Center Forest Chronology 2001-2017
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Deer hunt notice (English version)
Mapa de Caza Del Ciervo (en español)