Explore the Hansville Area
With its rural charm and small population, Hansville is popular with visitors, and the village has been long known for its natural beauty and plentiful coastal access. Hansville’s location on the coast of Puget Sound also insures prolific seasonal salmon along the shore here, which have attracted anglers going back to the 1920s. The fishing resorts are gone now, but Hansville’s popularity endures.
With a population of 3,500, Hansville is only 20 miles from Seattle as the crow flies. Its location offers rural quiet and amazing natural beauty from forest to shore, to anybody seeking outdoor recreation, wildlife viewing, or a base for remote work. Its proximity to Seattle also affords easy access to ferry transport, making it a natural getaway destination.
Easily accessed and within a few minutes of Hansville, these nearby places offer diversion and escape for anyone looking for outdoor activity.
Former forestry land, the Hansville Greenway has 8 miles of trails and 2 beaver ponds on 260 acres. The trail system extends all the way from Point No Point on Puget Sound to the Hood Canal, but can easily be hiked in a day.
Point No Point Lighthouse & Park
One of the jewels of Puget Sound, Point No Point features the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound and almost 2 miles of beach access, and is only ten minutes away from the Studio.
Foulweather Bluff Nature Preserve
Just a few minutes away from the Studio, you'll find this Nature Conservancy site on Twin Spits Road. After a quarter-mile hike through the forest, visitors are rewarded with a quiet beach and wetlands area.
Buck Lake County Park
A serene spot for relaxing, swimming, kayaking or fishing, Buck Lake is adjacent to the Hansville Greenway. Part of Hansville's Buck Lake County Park, it's rarely crowded and provides a fresh water alternative for relaxing.
Kingston is the local center of commerce, as well as the place to catch the ferry to Edmonds. The nearest grocery store in Kingston is Safeway, which is about a 15 minute drive from Hansville. In Kingston, you'll also find grocery stores, pharmacies, a post office, bars, restaurants, a marina, boutique shopping and other retail, as well as medical and other services.
The community of Eglon feels it exists in the last century. It still has a functioning Grange Hall. Look for the farmstand signs on Hansville Rd. to find produce from small local farms. Eglon also has a small, quiet driftwood beach with public access and parking.
These famed botanical gardens are managed by the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe, which also owns the Point Casino nearby. The gardens date back to 1987 and were abandoned for several years before the tribe acquired them.
A 19th c. logging company town, Port Gamble is a step back in time. You'll be charmed by its Victorian era homes and colorful cottages. Its tree-lined main street offers boutique shops, cafés, kayak rentals and a history museum.
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park
A trail system developed on former forestry property, with 61 trails covering 41 miles. Easy to moderate trails, multiple trailheads, open to hikers and very popular with mountain bikers.
Carpenter Creek & Carpenter Lake Natural Reserve
A small, hidden wetlands lake exists in the nearby town of Kingston.The trailhead starts in a school parking lot, leading to a boardwalk over wetlands to a viewing deck.