The Park Less Traveled: 7 Seattle Parks to Discover
Written by Elise Gruber
6. Schmitz Preserve Park, West Seattle
This slice of old-growth forest lies in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Schmitz is a perfect park for wandering. The trails are unpaved and meander around amongst the tall trees and crisscross creeks here and there. The forest was preserved between 1908–1912, so though many larger trees were logged before 1908, it is a real gift to walk in what’s left of the great forest that used to cover much of this area. This is a great park to go to if it’s hot or if the kids need to chill out in the woods without taking a long drive to the mountains. Bring boots or water sandals because the creeks are very tempting.
Other pros: At the Alki entrance to the park are both the Alki Elementary playground and the adjoining Alki Playground. It’s an easy walk from the playgrounds to Alki Beach as well.
Logistics: There is street parking near the Alki entrance to Schmitz Park but it’s busy during weekends. If the kids can handle the walk, parking is better in the residential area near the entrance to the park off of SW Stevens Street. Restrooms are located at Alki Community Center and Alki Playground. Here are directions and more information.
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