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A history of Southwest County Park

117 acres of trails, trees and more in Edmonds


Last updated 11/4/2021 at 5:21pm

Snohomish County

Oxen haul timber from what is now Southwest County Park in Edmonds in the late 1800s.

Editor's note: This story follows one written by the author in April, "The lost railroad tracks of an Edmonds park."

One of the most popular hiking spots in Edmonds has a history few are familiar with. That history has to with lumber, no surprise if you've ever walked its trails.

Little has been written about the history of Southwest County Park, the largest park within Edmonds city limits. The park – overseen by Snohomish County – covers 117 acres of densely wooded terrain of Douglas fir, alders, and western hemlock.

Ferns, nettles, salmonberries,...

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