Autumn brings cool weather and beautiful colors to the Tacoma area in Washington state. It’s the perfect time for family hiking. But where are the best areas in the South Sound area of Tacoma to take a walking tour?
Wright Park is one of the best-known areas for a family walking tour. The trail is an easy 1-mile loop, yet the park contains 27 acres of beautiful trees. The park allows leashed dogs so you can enjoy the changing leaves with all of your family members.
Wildwood Park is another nature trail located in South Sound. This park contains more than 55 acres of contrasting evergreens and maples. Other attractions include picnic shelters and playgrounds for the kids. The trails are very well maintained and are easy for any age. Some even include fitness stations for those who want an extra challenge.
Point Defiance Park
Point Defiance has much to offer families visiting Washington state. It’s home to the famous zoo and aquarium as well as numerous gardens and trails. This makes it a great destination for unpredictable autumn weather. The Japanese garden offers beautiful changing leaves for your enjoyment. There are five marked trails that range from .5 miles to 5 miles, but they can get muddy, so be sure to dress accordingly.
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
This park has much more to offer a family than changing colors. There is a nature shop and many educational programs for nature lovers of all ages. This is a wildlife refuge, so dogs are not allowed. However, human visitors have plenty of opportunities to view unique wildlife in a natural habitat. Younger children can have fun in the Nature Explore area while older children can complete a workbook (available at the information desk) and earn a Junior Refuge Manager badge and certificate. There is a small fee for the use of the park, so be sure to call ahead to verify the amount. The hiking trails have boardwalks and are easy.
Swan Creek Park
Swan Creek offers fall colors with amenities such as public restrooms and picnic spots. It is located in a tree-filled canyon and is perfect for hiking, biking and bird watching. There are numerous walking and mountain-bike trails which range from easy to advanced. All of these trails offer spectacular views of changing leaves.
McClane Creek Nature Trail
Even though this is a short trail, you’ll want to take some time to appreciate all it has to offer. It’s just over 1 mile but is rich with hemlock, vine maple and all kinds of wildlife unique to Washington state. In addition to the beautiful fall colors, there is a beaver pond which is home to chum salmon, newts and a variety of water birds. You will need to purchase a pass to enjoy this park.
Even though Washington is known as The Evergreen State, it still offers many opportunities to enjoy autumn. So pack up the family and enjoy!