Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Tacoma with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

tweakers living in their cars in the parking lot, the trail was nice once you get allot further in and pass the tweakerdom of the beginning of the place.

It is an easy hiking trail. You can run.

walking
11 days ago

Awesome trail! Very peaceful. I would recommend this trail if you have dogs!

walking
13 days ago

Ok...There are drug users and homeless in the parking lot. Some garbage about. But...boy, Its so well worth walking past them. I felt that being armed would be appropriate. Husband and I took our dogs for an hour walk one direction thru an enchanting creek with gentle ankle deep water, and stunning trees and vegetation. We stuck to the creek, and didn’t take the trail. It was so very pretty, the dogs loved it. There is a small, clean lake where the trail starts. No drug users past the parking lot...a guy was puking in the parking lot next to our vehicle when we returned. Welcome to Swan Creek!

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Urban setting. More of a place for a picnic, the kiddos to ride their bikes and play on the toys. Not a hike or what I would call a trail, it's a paved road around a lake.

Nice trail. Wish it was better marked. Huge hill on an off shoot trail towards the end that the kids had fun racing up!

Its all about the dog park! Great off-leash area for big dogs! Big open field, and another area with trails and trees. The walk around the lake (leashed only) was pleasant. Diverse groups of people wandering around walking, biking, jogging. Well kept.

hiking
21 days ago

Nice easy, flat walking trail. Beautiful creek with logs to cross. We had fun on the many off shoot trails, but the trail itself is not marked so it's easy to get turned around in there but as long as you stay on a trail you will find your way out because the trail head is also the exit. It definitely is like a "maze" as another hiker noted in their remarks. We did see a spot where it looked like someone transient had been staying out there.

I loved this one! My 10 year old and myself enjoyed it very much. The view is incredible! Take water and allow 1 hour to walk it. It’s worth it. What a great memory for both of us!

Didn’t even get out of my car. The garbage, spray painting and the guy living out of his van was enough for me. I did a u turn and went to another park.

hiking
24 days ago

Nice walk through woods and canopy overhang next to a creek. Pretty easy trail, used a stroller instead of backpacking the little one (I’d backpack when doing it again though), parts of the trail we had to lift the stroller over roots and rocks ( some stairs), decent elevation changes for pushing stroller, but overall pretty easy. would do it again, convenient do to location.

Great early morning hike before all the zoo-goers take up parking. You get to see beautiful mossy trees and the sound. You can also stop by the park gardens and check out the flowers. Easy hike and would be great to take kids to.

When did it close? This is still a great place for a short beach hike and not too bad for city goers. As for the homeless people, they are everywhere in Tacoma, so if you have issues-probably not a good pick. This hike is better than Point Defiance when it's open in my opinion.

Decent exit from the city, but not well marked for what it is. In some parts, you can hear the cars so it makes it hard to actually experience the exit of city Life. Great for a day away in the city when you can't go far.

U don't have to drive to the mountains to experience Great Northwest Woods, with panoramic views of the Puget Sound and the Narrows Bridge(s) We saw Bambi, about 20 seals on the point, but don't get too close to the edge! unfortunately no Sasquatch sighting. great family hike for all where you can take your dog, and at least for us within easy reach of home, a great starter hike...

trail running
1 month ago

A terrific trail. This is a great “moderate” trail as it has plenty of hills and flat parts. There are no water spots or restrooms along the trail, but there are plenty of exits along the trail if you want to make it shorter. I will definitely do this again.

nature trips
1 month ago

Such a great view of a cute lil pond with a great trail going around it. Lots of land for a picnic or playing fetch with your dog(s).

In no way easy! I would rate this trail moderate. Quite a few stairs and elevation change. Note: most of the trail is NOT wheel chair or stroller accessible. Great trail otherwise. Waterfront dining or drinks are a nice incentive to complete the trail.

I really enjoyed this trail! Great spot for kids!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. You wouldn’t know it was close to so much development if you couldn’t hear the traffic. Nice to be by the creek. One person on trail had dog off leash but as soon as he saw me he put it on.

walking
1 month ago

It’s amazing how you can be right in the middle of Tacoma and be able to “escape” to a beautiful nature walk that just rejuvenates you. So beautiful in the springtime seeing turtles, birds, chipmunks, ant hills, flowers, raspberries, etc and large wooded area. We love this walk or run for anytime of day. Beautiful, fun park for the kids too.

Beautiful but not recomendable for bikes ! Not even if you are an expert there’s a lot of people walking , strollers and kids running so ! Walking is the best you can do and don’t forget bring water lots of water because there’s half of the trail with very steep hills

Went midday on a Saturday in July. Not too crowded and most other hikers had dogs. Easy, level hike. The trail isn’t marked the entire way. Had to use the app’s map/GPS. Make sure your phone is charged. Trail took us through an off leash area which was nice. Beautiful scenery and lookout points, restrooms along the way. You know you’re getting close to a lookout by the smell of pot lol. Otherwise, you’d never know this was right in the middle of Tacoma. Smells like pine and flowers. Beautiful trail.

Beautiful trail. So many great look out points of the Puget Sound. I did this with my 14 year old daughter and it took us about 2 hours making lots of stops for pictures.

hiking
1 month ago

Hill of doom!!!

Beautiful views and a great place to walk/run!

walking
1 month ago

First time here with the family. Right off a busy street in Parkland,WA. Easy walking trail. Half way through the walk you can see a creek, a pond and a few houses. Pretty scenery with a lot of trees. You can hear cars driving by on a few parts of the trail. I also saw pieces of clothes and a tarp scattered in the bushes. I believe transients sometimes sleep in the forest overnight. Please be aware that although there are POSTED RULES FOR KEEPING DOGS ON LEASH some dog owners let their dogs off leash here. Just walking along the trail a dog runs up to my daughter and she got nipped in the hand by a Great Dane and enough to draw blood. I regret not having my pepper spray with me. We had to call authorities for this incident. Other than that, the trail is easy, flat and somewhat scenic, but with some dogs off leash and clothing debris in the bushes we won’t be back. To those that want to try it out, my word of advice is to carry pepper spray for protection against unruly off leash dogs on the trail.

walking
1 month ago

The trail its self is cool… What made this trail awesome was that there was a sign that said “treasure hunt” at the beginning of the trail. Once we started, there were toys hidden throughout the entire trail which made it a blast for my son. This was one of the funnest trails because of the random treasure hunt that we found. I don’t know if this is always here… But because it was, it made it one of the most enjoyable trails my son and I have been on.

walking
1 month ago

LOVED this trail with two dogs. We ended up on a street because we didn’t know how to get back to our original destination but found our way with gps.

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