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Hey Tacomians! Did you know about Dumas Bay Park, next to Dash Point State Park?

Updated on January 9, 2015

Explore the parks dotting Marine View Drive in Brownspoint, Tacoma area

On a hot summer day in the Puget Sound, you have probably headed to Dash Point State Park at least once, if you live in the area. It's a popular beach destination in the South Sound region, with a forest of trails leading towards an expansive open sandy coast, less usual among the rocky zones of many Northwest beaches. On its own, and on a beautiful day, its enjoyable, but combined with the lesser known natural beach zones in the area, this area can become more of a destination drive. Check out Dumas Bay, swing by the lighthouse, and pop into the other Dash Point city park, to complete a full trip of Puget Sound beach combing on this stretch of sandy coast.

This hidden park only recently got a city park sign pointing drivers towards its location. Stay on Marine View Drive past Dash Point and a sign will mark where to turn left through a residential area down a sloped hill
This hidden park only recently got a city park sign pointing drivers towards its location. Stay on Marine View Drive past Dash Point and a sign will mark where to turn left through a residential area down a sloped hill
A shady quarter-or-so mile trail sits in a sweet forest of chirping birds and wildlife. Sweet salmon and blackberries grow along the trails in summer.
A shady quarter-or-so mile trail sits in a sweet forest of chirping birds and wildlife. Sweet salmon and blackberries grow along the trails in summer.
Tides come up high for peaceful wildlife viewing, and out way far for beach exploring. Crabs and shellfish sprinkle the sandy ground.
Tides come up high for peaceful wildlife viewing, and out way far for beach exploring. Crabs and shellfish sprinkle the sandy ground.
Lighthouse Park- Before Marine View Drive reaches Dash Point State Park, turn left at the stores after the Cliffhouse Restaurant. Drive through the residential area towards the water as the road winds right. Slow down, look for iron gate on left.
Lighthouse Park- Before Marine View Drive reaches Dash Point State Park, turn left at the stores after the Cliffhouse Restaurant. Drive through the residential area towards the water as the road winds right. Slow down, look for iron gate on left.
This location includes the public park on the right, and the reserved community center on left- The locked gate is for the community center, After parking, there is space near the gate to walk though,.
This location includes the public park on the right, and the reserved community center on left- The locked gate is for the community center, After parking, there is space near the gate to walk though,.
Enjoy the many pear, apple, and plum trees in the late summer!
Enjoy the many pear, apple, and plum trees in the late summer!
DASH POINT CITY PARK- not to be confused with the State Park
DASH POINT CITY PARK- not to be confused with the State Park
A small, but lovely gem for anyone in the area, Find it on Marine View Drive by taking a sharp left at the Lobster Shop, (which is closing down) Sandy beaches, a playground, and a large fishing dock bustling with activity
A small, but lovely gem for anyone in the area, Find it on Marine View Drive by taking a sharp left at the Lobster Shop, (which is closing down) Sandy beaches, a playground, and a large fishing dock bustling with activity

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