Washington water fans, look no further! Bust out your kayak, sand bucket, swimsuit or fishing rod, and head straight for Dash Point State Park!
Hidden in plain sight between Seattle and Tacoma, this park offers miles of forested hiking and biking trails, but its main draw is the beach. The shoreline narrows at high tide, bringing anglers out to its pier. Low tide turns the sand flats into a play destination for locals, families with children and hip skim boarders surfing the shallow water.
Dash Point has become a hotspot for skim boarding, which consists of throwing a small, thin board into shallow water, jumping onto it and riding it like a cross between a surf board and a skateboard. Low tide at Dash Point provides ideal conditions for this activity, and this is a popular place for skim boarding camps, competitions and gatherings on the park's sandy shores.
While boarders chase the ultimate ride, birders can see a multitude of shore birds and raptors. Beach explorers will find starfish and crabs. Budding botanists can identify a rich variety of trees, plants and flowers.
Whether you're out for an afternoon or a camping trip, whether you're watching your kids, the birds or the boarders, you'll be delighted by this oasis tucked between two urban hubs.
Dash Point State Park is set on the Puget Sound in western Washington and is a popular destination for water recreation. This 461-acre camping park features 3,301 feet of saltwater shoreline. The beach provides unobstructed views of Puget Sound and opportunities for sea-life study. The sandy beach at the park is a relaxing beach getaway near the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Federal Way.
PICNIC & DAY-USE FACILITIES
There are two covered picnic shelters in the park that are reservable. The park provides 20 unsheltered picnic tables available first come, first served.
8 miles of biking trails
11 miles of hiking trails
WATER ACTIVITIES & FEATURES
OTHER ACTIVITIES & FEATURES
Boating is available to smaller boats (e.g., canoes and kayaks) that do not require a watercraft launch.
The park has 114 standard campsites, 27 utility campsites, one dump station, four restrooms and six showers. Maximum site length is 40 feet (limited availability). There are no primitive sites at this park.
Alcohol is allowed only in the campground, by registered campers of legal age, and only in their campsite. Alcohol is not allowed in any other areas of the park.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.