Why It Matters
Old-growth forest, prairie, birds and stunning views of the beach below are just a few features you can enjoy at Admiralty Inlet Natural Area Preserve, located within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.
The 86-acre property includes an amazing old-growth forest and rare prairie remnant and is full of birds and wildlife. The preserve overlooks over a half mile of shoreline on Admiralty Inlet, benefiting marine species like salmon that migrate along its shores. In addition, it is home to a rare prairie remnant (less than 1 percent of Whidbey Island’s prairies remain) with a population of golden paintbrush, one of only 12 sites in the world where this endangered prairie plant occurs naturally.
Admiralty Inlet Natural Area Preserve is home to a rare prairie remnant with a population of golden paintbrush, one of only 12 sites in the world where this endangered prairie plant occurs naturally. You can see them in bloom in May.
What you may marvel at the most are the trees! The branches of the old-growth Douglas fir trees twist and turn making their way under and around each other. At over 4 feet in diameter and 250 years old, these trees have weathered many coastal storms. In addition to fir, the forest contains grand fir, western hemlock, Pacific yew, Sitka spruce and red alder trees with most trees over 145 years old. There are lots of snags, providing perfect nesting and feeding areas for all kinds of raptors, owls and songbirds.
There’s a loop trail on the property that is open to the public for walking and nature enjoyment, and a small parking area off Engle Road.
Purchased from Seattle Pacific University in June 2013, Admiralty Inlet Natural Area Preserve is permanently protected and will remain forever wild.