NW Tulip Trekkers and Town of Coupeville

Whidbey Walking Festival
September 7-9, 2012

Thank you to the 47 volunteers and 333 walkers who helped make the festival a great success! A total of 944 festival walks were done plus over 150 year-round walks so more than 1,100 walks were done on Whidbey Island during the weekend!

We had walkers from Alberta, Alaska, Australia, Arizona, British Columbia (25), California (49), Colorado (13), Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon (61), Texas, Utah, & Washington (161).

The winner of our exit survey drawing is Sharon Woodworth from San Jose, CA. Congratulations Sharon, a $25 Safeway gift card is on its way!

Sanction Numbers: 91535. 91534. 91533, 91532

Comments from walkers:

Thanks for another fantastic Whidbey Walking Festival! Great trails, great setting, great socializing. It was such fun to connect with walkers from all over.         - BT

Thanks for the great walking weekend - our first.  -G & R

Thank you for such a well run festival. I don't know whehter I've ever seen such well marked trails!  -B & D 




Download the Event Registration Form (pdf)

If you'd like to volunteer at the event: Download the Volunteer Form (pdf)

A multi-event, three-day festival of walks. A free meet 'n' greet Friday, a free bratwurst BBQ with Bluegrass music Saturday afternoon, a salmon BBQ and a free concert Sunday afternoon. Four walk routes plus six seasonal events available for those who want even more walking, Visit beautiful Whidbey Island for a Volkswalking Extravaganza! See Washington's second oldest town with its Victorian homes and small town stores. Walk across farm fields and to the beach. Fabulous Puget Sound and Mountain views on all walks. And we haven't forgotten the fourth F in Volkswalking-Food!

Walk Routes

Whidbey Coast-to-Coast 5/11 km rated  (2B)
Friday  morning. Walk on paved and dirt paths and along country roads, across Ebey's Landing Historical Reserve to Ebey's Landing beach. Watch for eagles, whales, otters. Views overlook the Puget Sound to Port Townsend and the Olympic Mountains. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Special Events Programs: Islands, Honoring Law Enforcement, Hooray for Hollywood, Main Street, Walking America's Trails, SNOB (NWRD). Washington State Challenges: Farmland, Mountains, State Park, National Park.

Historic Town of Coupeville 5/10 km rated (2A)
Friday afternoon and Saturday Morning. Walk around Coupeville seeing many Victorian homes and along Main street to the much photo'd Penn Cove Dock. Views of Mount Baker and the Cascade Mountains. Look for artists in the Plein Air Painters' US Open around town and the Reserve. Join Mayor Conard on Friday evening for a special group walk on this route. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Special Events Programs: Islands, Bakeries, Honoring Law Enforcement, Hooray for Hollywood, Main Street, SNOB(Treasurer). Washington State Challenges: Farmland, Mountains, National Park.

Farm Heritage One-Way Walk 5/10 km rated (1C)
Saturday afternoon. Walk along rural roads and across farm fields to Jenne Farm. Visit our agricultural heritage past and present. See historic Jenne Farm and pause for views across farmland to the Puget Sound, Cascades and Olympics. Take your time and enjoy a bratwurst while you are at the farm. Catch a special bus back to Coupeville Recreation Hall. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Special Events Programs: Islands, Hooray for Hollywood, SNOB (Vice President). Washington State Challenges: Farmland, Mountains, National Park.

Penn Cove One-Way Walk 5/10 km rated (1A)
Sunday Morning. Jump on the bus at the Coupeville Recreation Hall and ride it 6.2 miles to the start of this walk which will take you all along Penn Cove. Fabulous water and mountain views the entire walk. Look for wildlife and Penn Cove Mussel beds. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.  Special Events Programs: Islands, Hooray for Hollywood, SNOB (PA RD), Washington State Challenges: Mountains, City Park, County Park, National Park.


 Friday, September 7

  • Coast to Coast - Start: 10am - 12:30 pm ( 5/11 km) Finish: 3:30 pm
  • Official opening of the Weekend: 3:45pm
  • Mayor's Walk, Coupeville Town. Group walk (5 or 10 km)
    Registration Time: 3pm - 4pm Start: 4pm Finish: 7pm
  • Meet 'n' Greet - 6pm after the Mayor's walk, Finger foods provided. BYOB

Saturday, September 8

  • Historic Town - Start: 8 am - 10 am (5/10 km) Finish: 1 pm
  • Farm Heritage - Start 11 am - 1 pm (5/10 km) Finish: 4 pm
  • Bluegrass Music by Cranberry Bog at the checkpoint  1 pm - 3:30 pm Listen to a mixture of bluegrass, country blues and rock to bluegrass.
  • Bratwurst on the Grill at the checkpoint 12:30 pm - 2 pm while they last!

Sunday, September 9

  • Penn Cove - Start 8:30 am - Noon (5/10 km). Finish 3 pm
  • Salmon BBQ in the Park - Noon - 1:30 pm. All proceeds to Coupeville Lions Service Projects.$20.
  • Free Concert in the Park - 1:30 pm Listen to Dillinger's Clambake, a "new era" swing band that mixes the styles of Ballroom and Jitterbug with Roack and Roll and Funk.


The closest hotels are filling up fast! Coupeville has a few small hotels and lots of B&Bs. Some B&Bs are in Victorian Homes, some overlook the water.  Oak Harbor has larger hotels.  We suggest you make your reservations early! For more information: Island County website at http://www.whidbeycamanoislands.com/lodging/