Spanaway Park & Bresemann Forest

Two city parks near Tacoma with a combined 205 acres, five miles of interconnected forest trails, beaches on a lake for sea kayak launching, views of an old mill pond and dam, a fish bypass, and lowland spring wildflowers including trillium and native orchids.


Take Exit 127 (SR-512 east towards Puyallup/S Tacoma Way) off of I-5.  Use the left three lanes to stay on SR-512.  Take the Steele St exit and use left two lanes to turn onto Steele St. The road continues as 116th Ave and then Spanaway Loop Rd.  Turn left onto Military Rd.

There are three parking lots in Spanaway Park just off of Bresemann Rd, a right trun off of Military Rd.

The parking area for Sprinker Recreation Center with access to Spanaway Park & Bresemann Forest is on the left just east of Bresemann Rd.

about the parks

Military Road bisects the parks and its pedestrian crossing  allows hiking from one park to the other.

spanaway park

A 135-acre park along Spanaway Lake that is is popular and busy all year long. Amenities include two swimming beaches (no lifeguards on duty), a boat launch, a fishing pier, handicapped accessible bathrooms, a new picnic area by the south swimming beach, ADA playground equipment with a seating area for parents, three miles of trails, softball fields, and basketball courts.

bresemann forest

A 70-acre wooded area with two miles of interconnected nature trails. An orienteering course in the forest is as good test of navigation skills.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Sea Kayaking, Trail Running
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • 350 ft
  • see Land Manager

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