Are you wondering which Tacoma area parks and trails are open?
Here is a round up of which South Sound area trails are still open in Puyallup, Tacoma, Auburn, Gig Harbor, Fife, and nearby areas. I also have information on what South King County area parks and trails are open, as well as the scoop on open trails in Olympia, Lacey, and Dupont.
Note that rules vary by municipality and governing agency, and this list was current as of April 9th. Things keep changing, so you may want to confirm before you head out.
A few things to keep in mind:
In basically every case where a trail or park is still open for passive recreation, like walking, all other features-playgrounds, parking lots, and bathrooms are closed. Be sure to, “Go before you go.”
You are encouraged to use the parks and trails you can walk to, and do be mindful about area rules regarding parking in neighborhoods.
Finally, remember to practice, “Social distancing,” when using trails and parks, especially if you see other folks out and about.
I will also note that some trails are crazy busy right now despite what is going on. Like-we were legit. shocked at all the folks on Ruston Way. I’d encourage you to have an A plan and a B plan.
South Sound Area Parks and Trails Still Open During the Covid Stay at Home Order
Pierce County/Tacoma and Nearby
Pierce County Parks
Trailheads are closed, so use the bathroom first!
Metro Parks Tacoma parks and trails are open. Playgrounds, parking lots, restrooms, and so on, are closed.
Puyallup Parks and trails are closed
Lakewood Parks and trails are closed
In Gig Harbor, the following PenMet Parks trails are still open:
Park trails remain open at Sehmel Homestead Park, McCormick Forrest Park, Rotary Tails and Harbor Family Park.
Mad props to Key Pen for this super handy chart showing what’s open at their parks.
Parks are closed but the Sumner Link Trail remains open
Thurston County and Nearby
All City parks and trails remain open from 7:00 a.m. until dark; however, parking lots are locked to limit groups from gathering as are restrooms and all amenities.
Trails, fields, the off leash area, and parking lots will remain open. Please remember to maintain the 6 foot social distancing in public around others.
All City of Olympia Playgrounds/Play Areas, Skate Courts, Sport Courts, Heritage Park Fountain, Boat Moorage, Picnic Shelters and park parking lots are closed. Parks and trails are accessible for activities where social distancing can be maintained, such as walking, jogging, cycling and nature viewing.
City trails and parks are open
South King County
King County Parks and Trails are closed
City parks remain open for passive use only and social distancing directives still apply. These restrictions remain in place indefinitely. Police patrol will be monitoring city parks for anyone not adhering to this closure and restrictions.
Parks and trails were social distancing can be maintained remain open.
Kent Parks and trails are closed
All parks are open.However, parking lots, restrooms, playgrounds, sport courts, fields, and other active recreation areas within parks are closed. (3/20)
Washington State Parks are closed
Mt. Rainier National Park’s roads are all closed to vehicles. There is some limited access to the backcountry, but I would just consider it closed.
If you know a detail we should add or have a good suggestion for places to #RecreateResponsibly, let me know!