Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade

Washington

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Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade Facts

States: Washington
Counties: Pierce
Length: 1.9 miles
Trail end points: Thea's Park and Dock Street
Trail surfaces: Boardwalk, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8780230

Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade Description

The Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade begins at Thea's Park along Tacoma's eastern waterfront. The park offers access to the water for fishing, swimming, boating, and wildlife viewing (harbor seals and sea lions). From the park, the paved trail winds south, passing marinas and a few restaurants and ending near the 500-foot Bridge of Glass, which allows travelers to safely cross over active railroad tracks and I-705 to head into downtown.

The footbridge itself is also an attraction as it's dotted with beautiful sculptures created by famed glass artist and Tacoma native Dale Chihuly, such as a pair of 40-foot-tall blue crystal towers. Adjacent to the bridge is the Museum of Glass, serving as both a gallery and art studio for glass artists. A distinctive feature of the museum is its stainless steel cone-shaped dome.

On the other (west) side of the bridge, trail goers can visit the Washington State History Museum and easily hop on the Prairie Line Trail, running down the center of the University of Washington campus.

About a mile north of Thea's Park, the Ruston Way Path is also worth checking out. Situated in the Old Town neighborhood of Tacoma, the paved pathway offers lovely views of Commencement Bay and majestic Mount Rainier.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the north end of the trail in Thea's Park (535 Dock St.).

Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade Reviews

Did the ride to day on my bike. Very nice and clean and not busy at all. Will be doing it again.

s

Did the ride to day on my bike. Very nice and clean and not busy at all. Will be doing it again.

Great walk!

s

This trail was a very pleasant surprise. It took me through a part of Tacoma that I didn't know existed. There was so much to see along the way. At some point I mumbled to myself, "I can't believe I live here". It was so pretty.

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