Memorial Day Weekend Getaway: Dockton Park and Forest

Pack a lunch, hop on a ferry and spend the day exploring the 152 acres of working forest, saltwater shoreline and natural park lands located on the south-central part of Maury Island.

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Begin the day hiking around the trails in Dockton Forest. With nine miles of hiking, running, mountain biking and equestrian trails – all through 86 acres of thick forest- there is a lot to explore.

Meander down to the shoreline and walk the 0.5-mile historical interpretive stroll. The ten interpretive signs highlight the rich and unique history of the area. In the late 1890’s immigrants from the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia and Norway arrived to participate in the growing maritime industry and their culture is still prevalent in the Vashon Island community. The walk is less than a mile and takes around 45 minutes.5030729347_ab104e3caf_o

Explore the beach at Dockton Park. Keep your eyes peeled for starfish, barnacles, and other sea creatures. If you’re lucky you might spot some otters!

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Finish the day by taking in the gorgeous view of Mt. Rainier before heading home.24071268825_cb40f256e2_o

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