Pierce County Parks — 13 September 2011

One of the best things we have going for us here in Pierce County is the incredible natural beauty. Combine that with temperate weather, (can you remember the last time it was over 90 or under 40 degrees?) and you get the perfect conditions for a great walk.  Here are a few great places to take a walk (or maybe even grab a run!) in Pierce County:

Chambers Creek!

Chambers Creek is a 930 acre property that includes a world class golf course, miles of walking trails, off leash dog parks, beach access, and some of the most spectacular views of the Puget Sound you will find anywhere.  The history of the site goes back hundreds of years, but more recently it has become famous as the future site of the 2015 US Open.  In addition to the golf course, the property is open to the public and is a popular place for walks on sunny northwest days.

Ruston Way Waterfront

This park is located along Commencement Bay.  Two miles of paved trails give walkers incredible panoramic views of the Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier, Vashon Island, and Browns Point.  A round trip walk from beginning to end takes about an hour and boasts some of the finest views around.  There are miles of paved walkways along the water with incredible views of the Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, Vashon Island, and Browns Point.


Tacoma Nature Center and Snake Lake

Start your journey through the woods around Snake Lake with a stop at the visitor center, where the staff will set you up with all the activities you can do on your walk.  In addition to the trails, there are nearly two miles of soft surface trails and a half mile outdoor access route for wheelchairs.  One of the great advantages of The Tacoma Nature Center is that it has an indoor option for those rainy days.  Inside there are exhibits with lots of animals to see up close and personal  including turtles, snakes, and more!


Take a Walking Tour of Downtown Puyallup’s Art

Anyone who has taken a walk around Downtown Puyallup has seen the wide variety of public art and sculptures on display there, but did you know there is an official walking tour of Downtown Puyallup’s Outdoor Gallery?  It’s true!  For the past 16 years the arts community in Puyallup has slowly built one of the largest collections of outdoor art in Washington State.


Take some time to take advantage of this unseasonably good fall weather and get out and take some of these beautiful Pierce County walks!



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