Dash Point State Park

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Washington water fans, look no further! Bust out your kayak, sand bucket, swimsuit or fishing rod, and head straight for Dash Point State Park! 

Hidden in plain sight between Seattle and Tacoma, this park offers miles of forested hiking and biking trails, but its main draw is the beach. The shoreline narrows at high tide, bringing anglers out to its pier. Low tide turns the sand flats into a play destination for locals, families with children and hip skim boarders surfing the shallow water.

Dash Point has become a hotspot for skim boarding, which consists of throwing a small, thin board into shallow water, jumping onto it and riding it like a cross between a surf board and a skateboard. Low tide at Dash Point provides ideal conditions for this activity, and this is a popular place for skim boarding camps, competitions and gatherings on the park's sandy shores.

While boarders chase the ultimate ride, birders can see a multitude of shore birds and raptors. Beach explorers will find starfish and crabs. Budding botanists can identify a rich variety of trees, plants and flowers. 

Whether you're out for an afternoon or a camping trip, whether you're watching your kids, the birds or the boarders, you'll be delighted by this oasis tucked between two urban hubs.

Park features

Dash Point State Park is set on the Puget Sound in western Washington and is a popular destination for water recreation. This 461-acre camping park features 3,301 feet of saltwater shoreline. The beach provides unobstructed views of Puget Sound and opportunities for sea-life study. The sandy beach at the park is a relaxing beach getaway near the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Federal Way.

Automated pay stations: This park is equipped with automated pay stations for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and boat launch permit.

Alcohol is allowed only in the campground, by registered campers of legal age, in their campsite only. It is not allowed in any other areas of the park.

  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

ada amenities/facilities

  • Campground
  • Picnic shelter
  • Restroom

Use our interactive ADA recreation map to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities.

Picnic & day-use facilities

There are two covered picnic shelters in the park that are reservable. The park provides 20 unsheltered picnic tables available first come, first served.


  • Jonesin' For A Dog - On your next visit to the park, you'll be jonesin' for a dog when you smell the aroma of a gourmet hot dog! This small mobile stand offers big flavor with their gourmet dogs and sides.  Beverages available too. Open Thursday through Monday, May - September. Visit them on Facebook.



  • 8 miles of biking trails
  • 11 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features

  • Beach exploration
  • Fishing (saltwater)
  • Kayaking
  • Skimboarding
  • Swimming

Other activities & features

  • Amphitheater
  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Kite flying
  • Mountain biking
  • Wildlife viewing

Interpretive opportunities

Interpretive events are held June through August. Fridays and Saturdays there are evening amphitheater programs. Fridays through Sundays there are day walks and talks. Times and subjects are posted at the park.

Additional information