Nestled between Seattle and Tacoma, this Washington State Park has a lot to offer day visitors and those booking a stay with Dash Point State Park cabins. Wildlife viewing, watersports, and relaxing beach fun co-exist here, alongside miles of hiking and biking trails. It's a true escape from city life.
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Best Hiking Trails In Dash Point State Park
Hikers have an opportunity to design their own trails at Dash Point State Park. A variety of short routes criss-cross or intersect with each other, and all are well-marked, so you can easily create your own longer loop hikes.
1. Raven Beach Trail
This route is great for those visiting Dash Creek State Park and staying in the group campground. An easy half mile hike near the parking lot and Picnic Point Trail.
2. Thames Creek (Beach Trail)
With so many different routes to choose from in this state park, it'll be easy to leave your Dash Point State Park hotels behind for an afternoon of exploration and wildlife viewing. This trail is 0.45 miles and runs near the parking lot and lower campground.
3. Fern Alley Trail
A pleasant 0.35 mile hike near the pond that connects with the streams running through the state park. Walk this on its own, carry on hiking along the switchback, or make a 1.6 mile loop on the eastern side of the park.
Best Family Activities In Dash Point State Park
Water based recreation is the main attraction at this state park; with swimming, skim boarding, kayaking, and fishing being some of the activities on offer. With miles of forested hiking trails, scenic picnic areas, and landscapes rich in plants, flowers, and shore birds, there's something of interest wherever you look.
1. Beach Recreation
The beach is one of the big draws at this park in Washington state, and it's easy to see why. Visitors of all ages can cool off in a dedicated swimming area, high tide brings anglers to the pier, and low tide is the ideal time for you and your family to enjoy playing on the sand. Don't forget to explore the shoreline for starfish and crabs.
2. Skim Boarding
Low tide at Dash Point provides the ideal conditions for this exciting water-based activity. It's a cross between surf boarding and skate boarding, and with skim boarding camps and competitions held here, you're sure to pick up some tips if you're a beginner.
3. Educational Programs
Stay for a night or two in Dash Point State Park cabins or book a campsite, and make the most of the weekend interpretive events. June to August sees the ampitheater play host to evening events (Fri and Sat) and there are daytime walks and talks Fridays to Sunday.
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