Frog Holler Forest

  • Vashon’s Newest Community Forest located off Wax Orchard Road

  • Located off Wax Orchard Road between Camp Sealth and Nashi Orchards

  • Local resident and forest ambassador Marie Bradley, who has been riding and maintaining trails there for many years.

Frog Holler, Vashon’s newest Community Forest, is a 135-acre forest complete with multi-use trails. This new forest is part of a long term partnership effort with the Vashon Land Trust to protect more than 500-acres of forest on the south end of Vashon Island. The first 60 acre acquisition happened in December 2016 with funding from a $6 million grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. The latest property additions happened late 2018 thanks to King County Parks, and in early 2019 with a  purchase made by the Land Trust. We look forward to connecting these purchases with future trail connections. Stay tuned!

Frog Holler is a local island neighborhood along Wax Orchard Road known for the chorus of tree frogs in the area. The previous owners had enrolled the forest in the American Tree Farm system and allowed local Frog Holler neighbors to use the network of trails on site. The site features a five-acre pasture that has been grazed by sheep, goats and horses over the years.

The forest is located one-half mile south of Bates Road on the east side of Wax Orchard Road.

Come run, walk or ride the 2+ miles of multi-use trails. Dogs must be leashed. Mountain bikers and Equestrians welcome!

Thank you to Richard & Sheila Doane and King County Parks for making this beautiful piece of land open to the whole community.

LATEST FROG HOLLER NEWS: As of February 2019, the Vashon Land Trust acquired 16 acres adjacent to an existing 9 acre parcel that was donated to the Land Trust from the Hodnett family back in 2004.  Together, the parcels totaling 25 acres, will be added to the growing Frog Holler Forest, bringing the preserve total to 135 acres of carbon sequestering forest habitat. With these new additions will come opportunities to build new trails – permanent routes that can be passed on to our future generations of wildlife and people.


Access/Activity Info

Frog Holler Forest is publicly accessible for walking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. The entrance is on the east side of Wax Orchard Rd marked by a Frog Holler Forest sign. Parking at Frog Holler Forest is available by driving into the property. Please respect the privacy and quiet of neighbors nearby and keep dogs on leash at all times.


Fern Cove

  • Nurse log at Fern Cove. After storms, the stream channels can change dramatically.

  • Low tide at Fern Cove

    Fern Cove, Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust
  • Nests and roosting sites of osprey, bald eagles, great blue herons and kingfishers make the Cove a birder’s joy.

  • From the trail.

  • Shinglemill Creek joins Needle Creek to create the alluvial delta.

Fern Cove is situated on the northwest part of the Island on SW Cedarhurst Rd. It comprises 750 feet of shoreline with two year-round streams and 100-year-old second growth riparian forest. Both Chum and Coho salmon, as well as Cutthroat Trout, have been observed at Fern Cove when they return to spawn upstream in Shinglemill Creek.

The Vashon Park District maintains an historic residence on the property, the Belle Baldwin House, which is available for vacation and short-term rental. For rental info please visit:

Access/Activity Info

Fern Cove is publicly accessible for walking, beachtrekking, and bird watching.  The entrance is on the west side of Cedarhurst Rd marked by a Fern Cove Nature Preserve sign. Parking in Fern Cove is very limited. It is recommended to park along the wide shoulder of Cedarhurst Road and walk in.  Proceed down the driveway, past the “carriage house” (now a garage), past the carport, and down the stairs staying to the left toward the water. Follow the signs and please respect the privacy and quiet of those staying in the guest house. The small stream to the right is Baldwin Creek, and the larger stream on the left is Shinglemill Creek. Walking in the tidelands here is sometimes tricky, and rubber boots may be useful.

No dogs are allowed in Fern Cove.