Written by J.L. Haler
Alright, I already wrote about visiting the town of Leavenworth, but this post is all about my favorite feature of the city. It is such a wonderful place it deserves its own blog.
Right next to the main street in Leavenworth are several parks that run the length of the Wenatchee River; Enchantment Park, Blackbird Island, and Waterfront Park.
You all know that cities are not my thing, I much prefer the great outdoors. These parks kept me sane when I needed a break from the bustle of people and shops. And they were so close by we easily walked to them whenever we wanted. Need to get some steps in on your fitbit? Leavenworth is the town for you. So much walking!
The parks consist of well-maintained trails that meander throughout. Bridges connect the parks and make it easy to walk from one end to the other along the river. There were many spots to stop and play in the water and watch the rafters paddling by. Benches lined trails making an easy spot to stop and rest if needed.
The trails are wide and easy to walk. In the winter time you could easily cross-country ski or snowshoe among the water and pines.
When entering the park, we were greeted with a sign stating a mama bear and cub had been spotted in the area, but we never encountered any. However, we did encounter a mama quail and her babies. I love quail. They never seem to know what they are doing. It’s as if they are confused all the time. As we approached them they just ran back and forth across the path trying to figure out where to go. It was entertaining to watch. Eventually the babies and mama ran into the tall grasses for safety.
We were surprised by the lack of people on the trails. It was nowhere near as busy as we would expect with the city just a block away, but we enjoyed the quiet of the parks and the peace of being in nature.
Another cute feature of the park area was a kids only (15 and under) fishing spot. The pond was stocked with fish that were jumping out of the water. It was filled with ducks sunning themselves and paddling by and I watched a heron come soaring in from up high and drop low as it rounded a corner and swooped in front of me, and the whole time we were there we never spotted another person at the fishing pond. Peaceful and quiet.
I can’t recommend these parks enough. The trails are made for anyone to use and are well-maintained, the parks give you the sense of being in the outdoors but with the city close by, and the wildlife was abundant.
We stopped by the parks every day we were there for some quiet. If you go to Leavenworth make sure to visit the parks.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.