Enjoy Nature and Recreation at PenMet Parks Gig Harbor Peninsula
The Gig Harbor Peninsula in west Pierce County, Washington is rich in natural beauty and outdoor fun. Crossing the twin suspension bridges of the Tacoma Narrows to the peninsula, you are never far from the many inlets and bays Puget Sound. Thanks to PenMet Parks Gig Harbor, you’ll find many excellent parks and natural areas.
Hiking trails, saltwater beaches and estuaries, sports fields, amphitheaters, special events–PenMet Parks Gig Harbor are well equipped, and feature a lot of fun, family events. If you or your family are sports and recreation enthusiasts, you’ll find many opportunities for baseball, football, soccer, tennis and jogging.
Families with small children love the “Boundless Playground” at Sehmel Homestead Park. Sehmel and McCormick Forest Parks have miles of trails for hiking, nature watching, biking and even horse-back riding. Tacoma Narrows Park has a fantastic, up-close view of the Tacoma Narrows Bridges and great beach access. The park system also provides boat ramps and access for kayaking around the park system. Take a virtual tour of the many great parks and natural areas that are part of the PenMet Parks Gig Harbor system in our award-winning video. Learn more about PenMet Parks Gig Harbor at www.penmetparks.org
Top PenMet Parks Gig Harbor Area
The Cushman Powerline Trail
The Cushman Trail is approximately 5 miles of non-motorized public trail with a 16- foot wide paved asphalt surface to accommodate walkers, roller bladders, and bicyclists. PenMet Parks currently maintains the first 2 miles of the trail.
Trailhead parking areas are located on 14th Avenue NW, Hollycroft Way, Kimball Drive (Next to the Kimball Drive Park & Ride Lot) and Grandview Street. The trail currently ends at 96th Street NW (off Burnham Drive). There are two restrooms, one each at Grandview and Hollycroft. Along the path, visitors will find bike racks, benches, and picnic tables.
This 122-acre natural area contains old growth trees, abundant wildlife, and nearly 4 miles of trails: foot trails, bicycle or horse trails.Some of the trails wander through the old growth forest while others offer views down into the McCormick Creek canyon. Parking is across the street from the main trailhead on Bujacich Rd NW in the Fire Station parking lot.
This 98.0-acre site is located in the North Rosedale area northwest of downtown Gig Harbor. The property includes 76.0 acres of meadow, naturalistic pond, wetlands, and forest conservancy area. There are 22.0 acres of active recreation with a 375-foot baseball field, two 300-foot combination baseball and softball fields, an artificial turf soccer field, two tennis courts, a basketball court, a Boundless Playground which offers recreation for children of all abilities, one picnic shelter, several picnic areas, an outdoor performing arts amphitheater, an indoor pavilion, concessions, restrooms, drinking fountains, Heritage & Master Gardener Demonstration gardens and 4 miles of trails on the property.
Sunrise Beach Park
he 6.0 acre beachfront portion of the park includes designated parking areas, 6 picnic tables, day-use areas, 2.0 miles of walking trails and forest paths with views of Mount Rainier and Puget Sound, and beach access to the 2,400 linear foot shoreline on Colvos Passage. The beach provides access to a popular scuba diving destination.