Swan Creek Park
Features You'll Find:Hover over an icon for more details
- Bike Trail / Biking / Bicycling
- Parking Stalls
- Trail / Hard
- Trail / Soft
- Community Garden
- Natural Areas
- Stream / River
Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset
Roosevelt & E. 42nd St.
Tacoma, WA 98404
Salmon carcasses have been placed to return nutrients to the stream to nourish next year's fry. The smell may be bad, but the result will be good!
ABOUT THIS PARK
Total acreage is 373 acres - 290 owned by Metro Parks Tacoma and 83 owned by Pierce County.
Municipal Ownership Map
This park has two major sections:
The park is popular for bird watching, hiking, walking, picnicking and other recreational uses, and is also used for driver training by public safety and utility departments. And now it's the home of Tacoma's first trail system for mountain bikes!
Another trail head entry is at 2820 Pioneer Way E. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for directions to this park entrance.
MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
Swan Creek Park includes Tacoma's first ever mountain bike trails! Developed and operated in partnership with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the newly completed Phase 1 includes an easy perimeter trail, advanced trails and a technical skill building zone.
Non-motorized bikes of all types are welcome in the uplands area of the park, except on the soft pedestrian trails outside of the mountain bike park. The old roadway system is multi-use, open to pedestrians and all types of bicycles. Outside of the mountain bike course, bikes must remain on paved routes. Please be mindful of other users while enjoying your ride.
Remember to always wear a helmet when biking; protection is especially important when riding on trails with obstacles and more difficult features.
Want to get involved with the Mountain Bike Trails care and events? Check out www.evergreenmtb.org.
Swan Creek's wooded canyon is a wildlife wonder - a space to learn, explore, appreciate and protect. Although much of its 373 acres haven't been developed, it is still a park and park rules apply so please:
- Smoke only off park property
- Visit only during daylight hours
- Leash and scoop when you have a pet with you
- don't bring unauthorized motorized vehicles into the park
- Avoid camping and campfires
- Enjoy nature viewing opportunities but do not feed the wildlife or damage plants in the park
- When endangered salmon are spawning feel free to look, but DO NOT DISTURB. These fish have traveled thousands of miles to lay eggs in this stream where they were born. Learn more at the Salmon Saturday Celebration from 10 am -2 pm on December 13, 2015.
These guidelines are for everyone's enjoyment and safety.
FRIENDS OF SWAN CREEK WATERSHED
Friends of Swan Creek Watershed is a diverse group of adults and youth who work together to provide educational and volunteer opportunities in Swan Creek Park & Watershed.
- Students can engage in monitoring of the spawning salmon by doing visual counts, looking at the outtake flow, and marking the reds.
- Swan Creek Park's plant diversity makes for an ideal class for plant identification. For more information contact Sue Bernstein at
- Provide free, accessible, nutritious food to community members experiencing food insecurity
- Enhance the recreational experience of park users and encourage outdoor activities by providing enticing fruits for consumption
- Beautify the urban landscape with flowering plants and trees, while implementing a sustainable urban canopy
- Provide our community with an edible urban design system that can be mapped and promoted as a unique program, worthy of positive attention for our region.
Link to Swan Creek Food Forest article in The News Tribune on July 30, 2014.
It is illegal to operate all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and other motorized recreational vehicles on park properties.
All users must enter and leave park property through established entrances and exits.
Penalties up to $250 per violation apply. (Section 8.27.200 of the Tacoma Municipal Code)
SWAN CREEK MASTER PLAN
Local Native Americans used Swan Creek and the surrounding property for hunting and holding councils up until the mid-19th century. At one time the land was part of the Puyallup Reservation. The first 152 acres for this park were purchased in 1966. Learn more Swan Creek history. . .
DIRECTIONS TO PIONEER WAY TRAILHEAD
2820 Pioneer Way E. Canyon Entrance
- Coming from River Road (near I-5): If you are on Pioneer Way E. coming from River Road, watch for the Clay Art Center and Barker's Barn (both on the right side of the road) and the mattress/furniture company on the left. The park entrance is just past that, on the right. If you reach Waller Road, you've passed it.
- Coming from Puyallup: If you are coming from the Puyallup area on Pioneer Way E., watch for Waller Road on the left. The park entrance is just past that, also on the left.
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