The beach at Possession Point State Park is not something you stumble across. Located at the end of a narrow residential road at the most southerly point of Whidbey Island, the park is out-of-the-way, even by Whidbey and Camano standards. That is unless you are arriving by boat and looking for a friendly beach for the night.
Possession Point is the southernmost point of Whidbey Island and, therefore closest to Seattle. The pebble and gravel beach is a great destination for boaters exploring the Sound who want an overnight adventure.
A bluff dominates the landscape, its slowly eroding face reminding us the region’s dynamic geography is always changing.
For those arriving by car, it’s a short walk to the beach. After parking your car, you can either walk a path that winds down through trees and ferns, or you can walk along the service road where, depending upon recent rains, you might see water running down forested ravines to the sea.
It’s hard to miss an old cabin up on supports. Some people are hoping to restore it and move it back to its original location. What looks like an old outhouse is actually an old smokehouse. It was used as recently as the 1990’s and may date back to the 1950’s.
Finally, there’s a steep trail that leads up to the bluff. Access it from behind the old barn. The trail ends at the top of the bluff, but the trail is a “wild one” meaning it isn’t regularly maintained.