Looking to enjoy the waterways, evergreen forests, and wildlife of Washington with your four-legged friend? Gig Harbor is the perfect place, with close access to many different hikes and parks.
Gig Harbor’s unique dog park is called the McCormick Forest Off-Leash Area. It’s special because it utilizes fenced-in nature trails, meaning that you can let your pooch off-leash on the paths without worrying that Fido might try to make an escape! Along the way are amenities like water fountains, water bowls, and benches.
As for trails, Gig Harbor has over a dozen. The Penrose Point State Park is perfect for those who love adventure since there are over 150 acres of wilderness and water to explore. Often, wild birds can be seen fishing from the water, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to glimpse some of the wildlife in the forest. The park requires leashes for dogs.
Narrow’s Park is another local favorite. It is named after the Narrows Bridges, both of which can be seen along the park’s 1,000-feet of waterfront property. Donkey Creek Park is nearby and contains a waterway that has a large salmon population. If you and your furry friend are looking for a seriously remote area to explore, you’ll have to visit Cutt’s Island, which can only be accessed by hand-launched boats.
Kenneth Leo Marvin Veterans Memorial Park features copious open grass space and interpretive trails, along with recreation facilities. The Veterans Monument honors servicemen and women who served in WWI and WWII. You and your pup will love the trails and the peaceful environment here. For a bigger venue, Wollochet Bay Estuary Park is a 20.3-acre natural area with a salt marsh and estuary and plenty of shoreline for a long stroll with Fido. If all that hiking has stirred your hunger, head to Blue Agave Mexican Grill which offers homemade salsa and sauces, a full taco bar, 50 kinds of tequila, and a dog-friendly outdoor patio. It's the go-to destination for Mexican food in this town.
You can’t beat the view from Narrows Park in this neighborhood, a great little out-of-the-way space. The 6 acre waterfront area has paved parking, grassy play and picnic areas, picnic tables, a boat launch, telescopes, and a gazebo overlook to watch the boats. Acres of grass and the occasional lake, creek or wooded trail make Narrows Park a great way to spend an active day with your dog in nature. Tubby’s Trail Dog Park nearby offers separate off-leash exercise spaces for small and large dogs with enough room to play and socialize. There are a few trails that go through the forest to entice your pup on an adventure of smells and sounds if he’s just not in the social mood.
Kopachuck State Park’s sun-warmed, shellfish-rich beaches and creaky forest calls you right out of everyday life and into an adventure. Explore the two miles of shaded hiking trails and plenty of beach this park offers. There are plenty of picnic tables for a rest or a picnic. If your pup is a boater, hop into your canoe or kayak and explore the 2-acre Cutts Island State Park that is only reachable by water, and is a half mile from Kopachuck State Park. Your pup must remained leashed here, and stay at least 100 yards from seals and their pups. Take water and bags with you as there is not potable water, garbage or sanitation service.