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The delightful Ruston Way Path sits in the Old Town neighborhood of northern Tacoma. Its linear, flat and paved nature make it a cinch for all travelers and it offers lovely views of Commencement Bay, sandy beaches and majestic Mount Rainier.
The trail begins in Jack Hyde Park and continues northwest along its namesake roadway through a series of small waterfront parks, where you'll find great places to stop and enjoy the scenery or take part in more active pursuits, such as scuba diving, kayaking or fishing. If you need refreshments, several restaurants also line the path.
Not far from the Les Davis Pier (3427 Ruston Way), you'll come across the landlocked Fireboat No. 1. The boat, bright red and 96 feet in length, was built in 1929 and is designated a National Historic Landmark.
The pathway ends at the former American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) site, originally built in the late 1800s and closed in the 1980s. Since then, this EPA-designated Superfund site has been undergoing remediation with plans to make it a mixed-use community area.
If you're up for more biking, about a mile south of Jack Hyde Park you can pick up the Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade in Thea's Park. The paved trail winds along the waterfront and provides access to both the Museum of Glass and the beautiful Bridge of Glass.
Parking is available at Jack Hyde Park (1743 N. Schuster Parkway), Hamilton Park (2321 Ruston Way) and Marine Park (3931 Ruston Way).
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