Pierce County is home to a diverse array of state parks, recreation centers, trails, and playgrounds that offer accessible opportunities for our children, youth, and families to explore, connect, and play! Check out our list of ten family friendly hikes to explore our county’s unique environments, and be sure to check out the Tacoma Trails Challenge for extra fun this summer.

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Ruston Way Trail

Location: North Tacoma

Length: 5.7 mi

Description: This paved trail along Commencement Bay is popular for birding, cycling, running, and dog walks. 

Points of Interest: Chinese Reconciliation Park, Jack Hyde Park, Les Davis Public Fishing Pier, Ruston Playground and Spray Park, Point Defiance Park

Nisqually Vista Trail

Location: Mount Rainier National Park, Paradise

Length: 1.2 mi

Description: This loop trail features beautiful views of Nisqually Glacier. You may encounter snow through June and July.

Points of Interest: Complete a Mount Rainier Junior Ranger Booklet and bring it to the Jackson Visitor Center to receive a Mount Rainier Junior Ranger badge

Swan Creek Trail

Location: Swan Creek Park, East Tacoma

Length: 5.3 mi

Description: This wooded, natural, out-and-back trail follows Swan Creek and features bridges and wildflowers.

Points of Interest: Community garden, food forest

Wapato Lake Trail

Location: Wapato Lake Park, South Tacoma

Length: 1 mi

Description: This loop trail around Wapato Lake is popular for birding and walking and features display gardens and a historic pergola.

Points of Interest: Playground, dock, dog park

Mashel Prairie Trail

Location: Nisqually State Park, Eatonville 

Length: 2.5 mi

Description: This out-and-back trail is open year round and takes hikers along the Mashel River toward the end of the hike.

Points of Interest: Biking trails, equestrian trails

McCormick Forest Park Loop

Location: McCormick Forest Park, Gig Harbor

Length: 1.8 mi

Description: This loop trail through old-growth trees is popular for hiking and horseback riding and offers views down into the McCormick Creek canyon.

Jacob’s Point Loop

Location: Jacob’s Point Park, Anderson Island

Length: 3 mi

Description: This loop trail is great for birding and walking, features a bathroom midway through, and offers offshoots to water lookouts.

Points of Interest: Beach access, sea cave

Farrell Marsh Loop

Location: Farrell Marsh Park, Steilacoom

Length: 1.4 mi

Description: This wooded trail offers views of the water shoreline, three viewpoints, and is home to a variety of waterfowl.

Points of Interest: Bridge Log Foot Bridge

Mountaineer Tree and Dalco Passage Viewpoint

Location: Point Defiance Park, Tacoma

Length: .5 mi

Description: This short hike through Point Defiance offers water views and informational signs to learn about the Mountaineer Tree.

Points of Interest: The Mountaineer Tree

Titlow Park

Location: Titlow Beach Park, Tacoma

Length: 1.6 mi

Description: This popular loop trail offers views of the bay and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Points of Interest: Playground, Spray Park, Titlow Beach