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CAMP & HIKE: Dash Point State Park

by Lauren Braden on August 28, 2012

in Camping and Outdoors

CAMP & HIKE: Dash Point State Park

Dash Point State Park sits on Puget Sound just northeast of Browns Point, Commencement Bay and downtown Tacoma. It’s a great recreational destination on its own, and particularly popular with kite flyers and swimmers. It’s also a nice spot to launch a kayak and explore the shoreline to the north and to the south. There’s a jetty from which people go crabbing and fishing. Eleven miles of hiking and biking trails in the park top it all off.

And if you’re traveling on a budget or just very enamored with sleeping in the great outdoors, make Dash Point Point your base from which to explore the nearby city of Tacoma, like its world-renowned Museum of Glass, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and the Washington State History Museum.

Camping: Dash Point State Park has 114 tent campsites, and 27 sites for trailers / RVs up to 35 feet that have hookups. There is a dump station, flush toilets and showers, and a playground. You can camp here year-round. Reserve a campsite online or call (888) 226-7688.

Location: 5700 Southwest Dash Point Road in Federal Way, WA see map

Hours: 8 a.m. to dusk year-round. A Washington State Discover Pass is required.

More info: Park website | (253) 661-4955

Directions: From I-5, take exit #143 (320th St.) and head west about four miles. When 320th St. ends make a right onto 47th St. When 47th St. ends turn left onto Hwy. 509 (Dash Point Rd.) Drive two miles to the park.

CAMP & HIKE: Dash Point State Park


top photo: Flying a kite at Dash Point State Park by likeyesterday, Dash Point State Park at low tide by waqasabdul via Flickr Creative Commons
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