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5 Mile Drive & Trails

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Address: 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
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Delightful drive with unexpected wildlife viewings

It was dreary out and we were not expecting much but it was a pleasant drive! I can see the potential during the warmer months. We spotted a friendly raccoon on the side of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It was dreary out and we were not expecting much but it was a pleasant drive! I can see the potential during the warmer months. We spotted a friendly raccoon on the side of the road, a seal in the water near the beach and a dear grazing. I highly recommend even if you cannot get out of your car... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I am 52yrs, I have never charted the 5 miles of the Drive. What I have seen, has been epic, closely guarded or ever changing. Be prepared to walk, see, run, hike, see faraway land. Learn a world that my be ours again. give your dog a new park. On the way out gardeners may learn now ways to garden... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Great rainy day activity! Many options of places to stop along the way. Lots of local wildlife to see in the park.

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Parkland, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Five Mile Drive is an extension of sorts to Point Defiance Park. It meanders around the perimeter of the park with numerous places to park to enjoy varying views of Puget Sound. There are numerous picnic areas and a multitude of trails to hike in "old growth" surroundings.

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Tacoma, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Always a great way to spend some time at Pt. Defiance park. Just recently we viewed some humpback whales from one of the view points. Great for biking. Many fairly easy trails, but watch out for hungry raccoons.

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Lakewood, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

The drive around the park is very peaceful. You go from heavily forested terrain to Owens Beach - the up a steep hill to finish your trip around the park. The views of Puget Sound are spectatular, Make sure you stop at old Ft. Nisqually! It's a great place to let your kids out to run!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

For those who haven't been to Tacoma or just have a few extra minutes this is great drive with beautiful scenery and plenty of places to pull off and enjoy water views.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Sadly we arrived on a dreadfully raining day. We drove across the park and stopped for a bit of a walk and then the heavens open up. Would've liked to see more of the actual park. Really enjoyed Fort Nisqually though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is our go-to park for walks, hikes, biking and even has an off-leash dog park for the pups. Beautiful trees, rhododendron garden, historical village with historic re-enactors, biking, swimming, boating, stand-up paddle board & kayak rentals...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Worth the time, great for all kinds of family's. Be careful the racoon's are too friendly, and it's a $300+ fine if you feed them. The self tour includes a zoo, living fort, and dog areas. Good for picnicking.

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