Carkeek Park features views, trails along Piper’s Creek, beach access, and plenty of places for kids to play. On any given day, you may see groups of kids roving about from the Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, windsurfers, public art, or performances by the Bubble Man. Carkeek Park winds down through thick trees from quiet neighborhoods to the beach on Puget Sound below.
Piper Orchard is a unique element of Carkeek Park, which can be accessed by walking partway down the trail. Planted in 1889, the orchard was eventually overtaken by nature and the land became part of the park. Rediscovered, and tended by volunteers since 1983, Piper Orchard is Seattle’s oldest Orchard, still producing heirloom varieties of apple and pear to this day. Look for their Festival of Fruit during the fall harvest, and try your hand at making cider by hand. You’ll get a taste of varieties you just won’t find at your supermarket.
Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center provides classes for youth, and the beaches are often hosted by volunteer naturalists at low tide to identify that strange creature caught in the tide-pool.