Bikers taking a rest at Fort Ebey


Biking, also known as cycling, is a great way to get outdoors and explore your state parks. It can be done on roads, bike paths or off-road trails — though, if you're a beginner, we recommend starting on paved paths. Whether you're an expert trail cyclist or a casual campground wanderer, your state parks have many opportunities to discover and explore on two wheels.

Rules & safety

Before biking in state parks, there are some important rules and considerations to keep in mind:

Wear appropriate gear 

We encourage all of our cyclists to wear a helmet, even on short rides. Consider putting on other protective gear, like knee and elbow pads, to protect yourself in case of falls or accidents.

Know the trail

Research the trail you plan to ride in advance and be aware of any potential hazards or obstacles. Respect trail closures and the natural environment by staying on designated trails.

Share the trail

Be courteous to hikers and other bikers by politely announcing your presence, slowing down when passing and yielding the trail when necessary. Hikers should yield to cyclists and cyclists should yield to equestrians.

Carry essential supplies

Bring enough water and snacks for your ride and consider carrying a basic repair kit that includes a spare tube, tire levers, pump and multi-tool in case of a mechanical issue.

Let a friend know your plans

Cell reception can be spotty in many areas. Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back. 

E-Bikes in the parks

Class 1 and 3 pedal-assist e-bikes are allowed on non-motorized and long-distance trails.  All classes of e-bikes are allowed on roads within a State Park.  Learn more about e-bikes in the park by downloading the Information Sheet (PDF 239 KB).

Getting started with Biking

If you're interested in getting started with bicycling, here are some things you should know.

Bike types

There are many types of bikes available, including road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes and more. Consider what type of biking you'll be doing most and choose a bike that's suited to your needs.

Safety gear

Always wear a properly fitting helmet and consider investing in other safety gear, such as reflective clothing, lights and mirrors.


Keep your bike in good working order by checking the brakes, tires and chain regularly. Learn basic bike maintenance skills, or take your bike to a professional bike shop for regular maintenance.

Rules of the road

Familiarize yourself with the rules of the road and follow them when biking on streets and roads. Use hand signals to communicate your intentions to other drivers and trail users.

Start slowly

If you're new to biking, start with short rides and gradually increase your distance and speed. Listen to your body and don't push yourself too hard.

    Map & visitor guide

    Use the Find a Park Page to see maps and visitor guides for a specific park.