Dash Point State Park in Federal Way (not to be confused with Dash Point Park and Pier in Tacoma) has lots to offer: campsites, hiking trails, beautiful views and a sand beach. Great for wading, splashing and sandcastle building, this beach is the perfect family outing on a hot day.
Even the drive into the park is pretty, as the road winds through a serene forest. Once you get to the entrance, you’ll see a sign at the T intersection pointing the way to the beach. A paved lot offers plenty of parking, but you will need a Discover Pass. You can buy a day pass for $10 (put cash in an envelope provided at the self service station-no change available but you can write a check), or if you have an annual pass, place it in the windshield. An annual pass is $30, pretty good deal!
From the parking lot, it is a very short walk over a bridge and through a short tunnel (which my kids thought was really cool-they did lots of yelling to hear the echo) and you are there! A building on the right offers bathrooms with flush toilets and there is also an outdoor shower for rinsing off sand.
The time we went, noon on a weekday, the tide fairly low and we could walk a long way out into the water and still only be in only up to our knees. I read some reviews which stated that if the tide is high, there is less beach- so check the tide table before you go. The sand was very clean and the kids found tons of shells. The kids splashed and swam and of course built sand castles.
What I really liked about this beach was that it is bordered by forest, so there is plenty of shade. Perfect for keeping babies out of direct sunlight or just cooling off. There were also many large driftwood logs which made for good seats and towel hangers.
This beach was totally worth the drive, and you can’t beat the view!