The town of Steilacoom is located in Pierce County, Washington and prides itself in its safe, friendly vibes. Being the oldest incorporated town in Washington, there is a large historic district which only contributes to the small town charm. But this is more than just another small town. From here, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound. This town is also the proud home to many public parks, making it a sitch to raise a happy, healthy dog here!
One of the favorite parks for residents and their dogs is the Saltars Point Park. This park is stretched out along 500 feet of scenic saltwater shoreline your pup can dip his or her paws in. The park also features a pretty footbridge, restrooms, picnic areas and drinking water. Another pawrific park to pass through on your morning walk with Fido is Charlie’s Park. This small park features wooden steps and benches, with views of the dock below. If you’d like to brush up on Steilacoom’s geographical information, check out the signs posted along the way! Leashed dogs are welcome throughout both of these parks.
If you’re out and about with your pup and you’ve worked up an appetite, no need to worry! The Steilacoom Deli and Pub welcomes dogs on their outdoor patio. This restaurant offers pub food and a charming, “dive” atmosphere.
With some many lovely parks and accessible nature in the area, dog owners love calling Steilacoom home.
The Town Center of Steilacoom is home to many neighborhood hangs for you to check out with your dog. If you are looking to warm your toes (or paws) in the sand, check out the Sunnyside Beach Park! This park is friendly to leashed dogs and offers 1,400 feet of beaches and shoreline. From here, you can enjoy views of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and may even spot some jellyfish or seals! This park also has restrooms, drinking water, playgrounds and trails. The scenic Pioneer Park in the same neighborhood has a bandstand overlooking the bay that often hosts wedding ceremonies and free concerts in the summer. This park also welcomes leashed dogs, so why not bring your pup for some free entertainment, or quiet relaxation with bay views?
When you and your wild dog are itching to get back into nature, no need to go far! Right in this neighborhood of Steilacoom, you’ll find Farrell’s Marsh Wildlife Area. This large wildlife reserve features 3,500 feet of shoreline and has even inspired poets, such as the late Hilda Skott. You can wander along the rustic nature trails through the thick woods, and may even spot some owls and blue herons. If a small urban park is more your jam, check out the Webber Court Park in the same neighborhood. This park has a variety of athletic fields, picnic benches and portable toilets. Both of these parks welcome leashed dogs, but don’t forget the waste bags!
Just a short trot over the border into the Steilacoom Park neighborhood of Lakewood, Washington, brings you to a puppy paradise! This neighborhood is home to the Fort Steilacoom Park and Dog Park. The dog park is located along Angle Lane inside Fort Steilacoom Park, and features 22 fenced off acres that are separated into three different areas for glorious off-leash freedom. One of the areas is for smaller breeds, and another has an obstacle course and walking trails. There are waste bags and drinking water available as well. The surrounding area offers tons of opportunities for hiking and exploring with your doggo on leash. There are about 6 miles worth of trails in the park that pass through varying terrains, and offer views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains.
Just above Steilacoom in the town of University Place, you’ll find another great place for your pooch to have some off-leash freedom and playtime. In the neighborhood of Pioneer sits the Chambers Bay Off-Leash Park and Beach. This dog park is inside the Chambers Creek Regional Park, and just across from the Chambers Bay Golf Course. The park has an off-leash beach area located south of the bridge, where your dog can splash and play. There is also a separate fenced off area for small, shy and senior dogs to play and still feel safe. Waste bags and drinking water are available. In the surrounding area, there is also a paved 3.25 mile pathway around the golf course that’s easy on the paws and the eyes. Your pupper must stay leashed when he’s not in the dog park.