McCormick Forest Park trail

McCormick Forest Park

All parks are open 7 am to dusk


The trail system exceeds four miles in total length, with routes through old-growth areas and several views of McCormick Creek. Approximately 50 acres of McCormick Forest Park is made up of old-growth Douglas Fir. A small parking area is currently available adjacent to the park.


Park Description

This 122-acre natural area contains old-growth trees, abundant wildlife, and nearly four miles of trails: foot trails, bicycle, or horse trails. Some of the trails wander through the old-growth forest while others offer views down into the McCormick Creek canyon. Parking is across the street from the main trailhead on Bujacich Rd NW in the Fire Station parking lot.

Park Features

General

Dogs on leash, trails, horseback riding

Picnic

Picnic areas with tables

Additional

Parking available adjacent to park

Buildings & Venues

Portable restrooms on site

Natural Features

Scenic walking paths, creek, old growth Forest

History

This site is made up of two primary parcels, and totals 122 acres. The larger section was transferred to Pierce County from Washington State Department of Natural Resources on June 4, 1996, “to have and to hold as long as the land is developed and maintained and used for a public park.” Three smaller parcels on the east side of State Highway 16 are also part of the park property.

The Peninsula Park and Recreation District acquired 23 acres in 1995 through a Pierce County Conservation Futures grant. All of the parcels were transferred to the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District after its formation in 2004.

Approximately 50 acres of McCormick Forest Park is made up of old-growth Douglas Fir. The timber resources are managed by the State Department of Natural Resources with any and all timber revenue going to that department.

The trail system renovation and expansion began in 2001 when high school runners completed senior projects. Over the years several Eagle Scout projects have added or improved trails, constructed an information kiosk, added bridges, and built picnic tables. Many other volunteer groups have also worked to improve the park and even inmates from the Washington Correction Center for Women have contributed.

The meadow was cleared of blackberries and old tires in 2002 with help from the Master Gardeners and WCCW inmates.

The trail system exceeds four miles in total length, with routes through old growth areas and several views of McCormick Creek.

Parking for McCormick Forest is provided through a partnership with Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One, at the fire station across Bujacich Road from the park.

Park Rules

Download Park Use Regulations (PDF)
Download Leash Regulations (PDF)

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