Ways to enjoy 215-miles of backcountry trails


We all find entertainment in different things. This is for those who would prefer to be on a mountain, by a river, in natural areas and open spaces, or just somewhere out in the sticks. I find an immense amount of enjoyment in the natural areas and open spaces within King County and fortunately for us there are…

See Something, Say Something. Issues, That Is


As your King County Parks staff, our job is to keep your parks clean, safe and open. It is part of our daily routine. That said, stuff happens. Daily, if not hourly, staff can be rerouted to deal with any number of issues. We, of course, handle anything we come across during our rounds, but…

2017 Green Globe awards: Honoring Our Partners


This morning, King County hosted the Green Globes, an awards ceremony honoring local businesses, cities, community groups and individuals for the work they’re doing to protect and improve our environment. We were delighted that several Parks partners were recognized for their dedication to our parks and open space. Recognized as Leader in Community Stewardship, the…

Moss Lake and the Sphagnum Bog


Moss Lake is a wonderful little spot located in the foothills of the cascades. This sphagnum bog (click for a definition of “sphagnum bog” ) offers an amazing variety of plants and wildlife all within 370 acres. I highly recommend making the drive out to this little hidden gem to  explore. The variety of ways…

Steady, as she goes…


As detailed in this new report, we here at King County Parks are feeling like The Raconteurs: “Steady, as she goes…” We’re halfway through the 2014-2019 King County Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy and happy to say we’re on track to meet our commitment to making “Your Big Backyard” that much more awesome….

Big Bend, Little Stroll


Big Bend Natural Area is a site most of us are probably unfamiliar with. It is located between the Cedar River Trail and the Cedar River, just downriver from the Landsburg Dam/Sockeye Hatchery. Take a quick jaunt down the Cedar River Trail to find this tucked away spot in one of the “S” curves of…