Plan Your Visit
"Come look from this eminence of bluff, now in the soft hour before daybreak...the island's farm fields are leather and corduroy, rich even panels between black-furred stands of forest. Tan grass...whisks soundlessly against a four-wire fence line. Yes; rural America of the last century...
Ivan Doig, Winter Brothers, 1980
You can arrive Ebey's Landing NHR by car, boat or bicycle. It is an easy day trip from Seattle. Travel to the Reserve by car or bike via the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry (runs regularly), arriving at the south end of Whidbey Island, or drive or bike onto the island from the north end, experiencing the beautiful Deception Pass bridge along the north end of the Whidbey Island Scenic Byway. Ferry access to the Island also includes the Port Townsend-Keystone ferry. If you arrive by boat, there is moorage at the Port of Coupeville's historic dock (fee charged).
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Did You Know?
The prairies, with their rich soil, were the first areas of the Reserve to be farmed, first by Native Americans, and later, by European-american settlers who moved onto the lands. The pioneers cleared the higher ground and tried to farm it, but found the soils poor and allowed the forests to return.