Where to See Trees Changing Color Around Tacoma and the South Puget Sound
I get lots of requests this time of year from readers wanting to see leaves changing color around the greater South Puget Sound. I have a feeling a lot of them are homesick transplants from a place where fall colors abound. But, let’s face it, we are the Evergreen State! It’s not too easy to find a forest of oranges, yellows, and reds around here. But, never fear! There is leaf peeping to be had if you know where to look.
Here is a list of favorite spots for fall color straight from the Sounds Fun Mom Facebook team. I also have a tip on South Sound Fall Hikes and Nature Walks that I think you will love!
Reader Sophia recommends this popular spot. And, we agree, this is a great idea! Try 5 mile drive or if you prefer to be on foot, go for a hike in the woods. If you’re particularly adventurous, try your hand at Geocaching in Pt. Defiance. Be sure to bring your rain boots or mud gear as things start to get soggy here around October.
Reader Stephanie is wild about the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. Before embarking on the flat boardwalk, check out the awesome playground and visitor center. There are Just for Kids activities including a Nature Explore Area for kids ages 2-8 and a Junior Refuge Manager workbook with fun activities for ages 4-11. This is also a great place for bird watching! The walk itself is actually quite long if you do the whole thing, but it’s totally up to you how far you want to go. Note: This spot is open. Some of the activities mentioned above may not be available due to Covid related restrictions.
This is a heads up from reader Betsy. And, this is a Sounds Fun Mom pick for sure! The oldest trees in the city can be found at this park, and there is an amazing variety. Wright Park is absolutely gorgeous this time of year. While in Tacoma, you can also wander down to Ruston Way where many of the trees provide a beautiful backdrop for fall photos.
Reader Rena suggests this park, which is an awesome suggestion for those who live near Olympia. This is a 15 acre park that has a wide variety of trees and shrubs along a one half mile walking trail that includes views of the waterfalls.
Other suggestions from readers include White River (near Crystal Mountain), Port Gamble, Fort Steilacoom, Gene Coulon, Lake Wildnerness and the Maple Valley Highway. Thanks to readers CoreyAnn, Melissa, Miranda, and Melanie for the tips!
If you have another suggestion, leave a comment!
If you want even more adventure, read my post over at Parent Map to discover 7 Fall Color Walks and Hikes in the South Sound!
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