Pooches that dig tranquil walks with lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery should look no further than the Yakima Greenway. It isn't nicknamed the "Jewel of Yakima" for nothing! This 22.9-mile paved trail runs from Union Gap to the Naches Train Depot and offers puppy packs an easy walk that they can tailor to their preference! The paved path and gentle inclines make this path pawfect for families who require wheelchairs or strollers! As you follow the Yakima and Naches Rivers, you will pass Rotary Lake, parks, playgrounds, picnic areas, and wheelchair-accessible piers. There are even places to eat along the greenway if you get hungry! This path can be bustling when the weather is nice. Enjoy this walk early in the day if you want to avoid crowds or have a timid pup who needs a little solitude.
There are several parking areas, but some can be tricky to find. For the southern end of the greenway, we suggest parking at Sarg Hubbard Park or the Arboretum. If you chose to start on the north end, try to find a spot either at Historic Naches Train Depot or Chesterley Park.
The greenway is quite long; consider walking the trail in segments since there is so much to see! The beautiful Rotary Lake lies in the middle portion of the trail and offers great fishing and boating opportunities. There are parks and playgrounds too, making the area furrific for families. The south end of the path is lined with cottonwoods and willow trees and is an excellent spot for observing wildlife like geese, deer, and even bald eagles. Keep in mind the south end near Union Gap can be a bit noisy since it is close to I-82.
Once you get here, you're sure to see what all the bark is about! Be sure to bring the poo bags for this adventure -- you're going to want to stay a while!