Union is a picturesque community on the south shore of Hood Canal, actually a fjord and not a canal at all. Views take in the beautiful Olympic Mountains in nearby Olympic National Park.
Traveler. This 'have-to-be-in-the-know' sight is located on the face of Mt. Washington, best seen from Union, on the South shore of Hood Canal. This 'traveler' takes up most of the face of the mountain. It looks like a person walking in a heavy parka, some people see him walking up with a shoulder high walking stick out away from the body in the left hand, some people see him coming down with the walking stick in the right hand.a must see in the early snow or the late snow season (partial snow on the mountain).
- The mountains in the southeast corner of Olympic National Park, Mt. Washington, Mt. Constance, the Brothers—rise across Hood Canal and can be seen from almost any point in Union.
Hood Canal. despite its name is not a canal but it actually a inland fjord that stretches for over 70 miles inland separating the Kitsap Peninsula from the Olympic Peninsula. It is a prime destination in the area for outdoor recreation and nature viewing with sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains and lush forests. Near the southern end of the Kitsap Peninsula it hooks inward at an area known as the Great Bend.
Sea kayaking can be a rewarding way to explore the Kitsap Peninsulas 371 miles of coastline allowing the paddler a closer and slower look at their surroundings and making Kitsap one of the most popular areas to kayak in Puget Sound, especially along the remote areas along Hood Canal. Thick forests of majestic pine and deciduous trees and hundreds of creeks and estuaries dot the coastline. Harbor Seals, Otters, Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and Blue Herons are common sites while the occasional viewing of an Orca or Grey Whale is not out of the question.
Organized trails offer overnight camping options and maps of appropriate and scenic travel destinations.
[dead link]Cascadia Marine Trail. This inland sea trail is a National Recreation Trail and designated one of only 16 National Millennium Trails by the White House. Suitable for day or multi-day trips, the Cascadia Marine Trail has over 50 campsites to visit. People can boat to the campsites from many public and private launch sites or shoreline trailheads including Hood Canal.
[dead link]Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails. The National Parks Service Named the this 'Trail of the Month' in the entire USA for the month of December 2012, PDF copies of the water trails map are available