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The South Puget Sound Region offers 30 recreational sites in King, Pierce, Kitsap, and Mason counties. Sites include trailheads and picnic areas for day use and campgrounds for overnight use.  South Puget Sound is the most diverse region in the state with a mix of rural and urban landscapes and large bodies of fresh and saltwater. Recreational opportunities are as diverse as is the landscape and include: hiking, mountain biking, 4x4 rock climbs, quad and bike trails, horseback trails, natural areas, paragliding, plus diving, boating, and other marine activities.

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Updated: April 11, 2014

Find out which recreation sites in the South Puget Sound Region are open or closed...and more. Select one of the following links:

Major DNR Recreation Sites:

Recreation by County:

ELBE HILLS AND TAHOMA STATE FOREST (Pierce County)

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information 
Beaver Creek TrailheadOpenNon-motorized trail. Open dawn to dusk.
Elbe Hills ORV Campground OpenReservations required. Call 360-825-1631 
Elbe Hills TrailsOpen  
Memorial TrailheadOpenNon-motorized trail. Open dawn to dusk.
Mount Tahoma Ski HutsOpenReservations required. www.skimtta.com
Mount Tahoma Ski TrailsOpenWinter: Sno-Park permit required.
Nicholson Horse TrailsOpen 
Sahara Creek Campground & TrailheadOpenCampground is first come, first served. No reservations.


GREEN MOUNTAIN STATE FOREST (Kitsap county)

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Green Mountain State ForestOpen

Green Mtn State Forest 2014 Event Schedule
 

Trail information:

  • Red diamonds indicate single-track use only.
  • Blue diamonds indicate two-track use.
Beaver Pond TrailOpen
Gold Creek Trailhead Parking AreaOpen

Open dawn to dusk.

Gold Creek trailOpen
Green Mountain Horse CampOpen
  • Walk-in access only year round.
  • 16 sites available for first-come, first-served camping. No reservations.
  • No camping in the day-use area.
Green Mountain (GM-1)Open*

* GM-1 gate is closed until May 2014.

Walk-in access available year-round.

Plumber trailOpen
Vista trailOpen
Wildcat Trailhead Parking AreaOpen

Open dawn to dusk

Wildcat TrailOpen


Tahuya State Forest (Mason County)

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Tahuya State ForestOpen

Tahuya State Forest 2014 Events Schedule

Rec Alert:

 

campgrounds 
Tahuya River Horse Camp

Closed

 

Kammenga CampgroundOpen

First-come; first-served. No reservations.

Camp SpilmanOpen

First-come; first-served. No reservations.

Trails  
Elfendahl Pass Staging Area  OpenSelf-contained camping allowed.
First come, first served. No reservations.
Elfendahl Pass 4x4 trailheadOpen 
Kammenga 4x4 trailhead Open 
Mission Creek trailhead Open 
Motorized multiple-use trailsOpen (unless posted otherwise)

Motorized trail sign information:

  • WHITE diamond: single-track use only.
  • YELLOW diamond: two-track use.
  • PURPLE diamond: 4x4 trail system.
Lake Access  
Aldrich LakeOpen
  • Gate will be opened for fishing access from April 15-October 30.
  • Day-use only.
  • No overnight camping.
  • No campfires allowed.
Howell LakeOpen
  • Gate will be opened for fishing access from April 15-October 30.
  • Day-use only.
  • No overnight camping.
  • No campfires allowed.
Twin LakesOpen
  • Gate will be opened for fishing access from April 15-October 30.
  • Day-use only.
  • No overnight camping.
  • No campfires allowed.
Robbins LakeOpen
  • Day-use only.
  • No vehicle access due to road construction. 
    Walk in access only. 
  • No overnight camping.
  • No campfires allowed.


Tiger Mountain (King County)

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
  

All Tiger Mountain facilities are day-use only.

Fifteen Mile TrailheadOpenWalk-in only. No restrooms.
High Point TrailheadOpenDawn to dusk.
Paw Print Rest StopOpenExpect reduced maintenance/services.
Poo Poo Point VistaOpen
Tiger Summit TrailheadOpen

Parking is available at the gravel lot just off Hwy 18. Trailhead restrooms are open.

Tiger Mountain TrailOpen

Tiger Mountain Multi-use Mountain Bike Trails

  • Iverson Trail
  • Northwest Timber Trail
  • East Tiger Summit Trail
  • Preston RR Grade Trail
  • Silent Swamp Trail
  • Fully Rigid Trail
  • Joy Ride

 

OpenTrails open for seasonal use.

KING COUNTY

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Little Si TrailheadOpen

 

Mount Si TrailheadOpenDawn to dusk
Mine Creek Day Use & Picnic AreaOpenDawn to dusk.
Rattlesnake TrailheadOpen

Dawn to dusk.

Tiger Mountain OpenAll Tiger Mountain facilities are day-use only.

KITSAP COUNTY

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Green Mountain State Forest Open  

MASON COUNTY

Recreation AreaStatus Additional Information
Lilliwaup Creek CampgroundOpen
  • Day-use only.
  • Walk-in access only.
  • No overnight camping.
  • No campfires allowed.
Melbourne lake CampgroundOpen
  • Day-use only.
  • Walk-in access only.
  • No overnight camping.
  • No campfires allowed.
Tahuya State ForestOpen 

PIERCE COUNTY

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Maple Hollow TrailheadNow managed by Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District 

Please note: DNR may close a recreational facility or trail either temporarily or permanently for the purposes of protecting the environment, public safety, property, or to ensure DNR meets its management and administrative obligations. (Learn more | WAC 332-52-100) 

Pets
Pets are allowed on department-managed lands, except in areas that are closed to pets or animals for the protection of wildlife, sensitive natural systems, special cultural areas, or for other purposes. All pets must be on leash. If pets are accompanying livestock, they can be off leash but must be voice controlled. (Learn more | WAC 332-52-140)

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 Contacts

Jesse Sims
Recreation contact for Tahuya State Forest, Green Mountain, Hood Canal area, Kitsap and Mason counties
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
360-801-5097
jesse.sims@dnr.wa.gov

Sam Jarrett
Recreation contact for Tiger Mountain, Mt. Si, Rattlesnake Ridge, & King County
206-375-0448
sam.jarrett@dnr.wa.gov

Nancy Barker
Recreation contact for Elbe Hills, Tahoma State Forest, & Pierce County
253-312-4301
nancy.barker@dnr.wa.gov

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