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The Des Moines Creek Trail offers a nice connection between the south side of Seattle and the waterfront community of Des Moines on Puget Sound. The paved trail begins just south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and winds through the pleasantly wooded Des Moines Creek Park along a burbling creek down to the city's marina, descending slightly as it approaches the water.
The park offers basic amenities, such as benches, picnic tables, and drinking fountains, as well as a network of mountain biking trails to explore. On the trail's southern end, enjoy a stroll over the water on the long pier. You can also continue your journey south on a shared-road bike route on Marine View Drive about 2 miles to Saltwater State Park, where you'll find sandy beaches, tide pools, and a scuba diving reef.
The Des Moines Creek trail is also part of the developing Lake to Sound Trail, which carries users from Lake Washington to the Puget Sound.
Parking is available on the north end of the trail in Des Moines Creek Park (2151 S. 200th Street) and, on the south end of the trail, in Des Moines Beach Park (22030 Cliff Avenue South).
See TrailLink Map for detailed directions.
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