Green River Trail & Natural Resources Area


Day Hike - Green River Trail & Natural Resources Area

See wildlife in Kent's Natural Resources area and along the Green River as we explore a rural and picturesque part of the City of Kent's extensive trail network

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 50 ft

9:30 am at Van Doren's Landing Park, Russell Rd. Kent.

Full directions to the park will be sent to those who register once registration closes.

Starting at Van Doren's Landing Park we will explore the trails and viewing towers of the Green River Natural Resources Area. The project's 304 acres provide habitat to an estimated 165 bird and 53 mammal species and serve as a nesting, feeding, and brooding area for many species that use the Green River corridor as a travel route. Raptors include Peregrines and Kestrels and there are many species of ducks and shorebirds. This loop is 2 miles long. 

 Then after a short break at Van Dorens Landing Park we will hike south following the Heron Loop Trail alongside the Green River Trail, crossing the river by a foot bridge and diverting along a short forested and sometimes wet dirt trail round Cow Lake. Most of the rest on the hike  is on paved path with a short road section. We will follow the west bank of the Green River south to the Old Fishing Hole. This is a possible lunch location.

We will return north along the Heron Trail to the east of the Green River skirting the River Bend golf course and passing the Neely-Soames Historic Homestead .  Arriving back at Van Doren's Landing Park we will have completed a 6 mile loop, making a total round trip distance including the Natural Resource Area loop of 8 miles. There no significant elevation gain on this trip except for climbing the 44 steps up 2 observation towers.



Green River Trail & Natural Resources Area

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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