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Places in Pierce County to pedal

In Pierce County there are a lot of great places to ride a bike. The Pierce County Bike Map is helpful and shows routes by terrain/difficulty spanning all the way toward Mount Rainier. Here are a few trails to check out.

Foothills Trail
Easygoing, beautiful, and well-crafted, the Foothills Trail stretches more than 25 miles through east Puyallup, through Orting and to Buckley. Cruise on the mostly flat trail that will take you past farms, the Carbon River, parks, and delightful downtown Orting. Riders get the chance to cruise over the top of the historic Burlington Northern Railroad as well as catch glimpses of crystal clear views of Mount Rainier. There’s a soft path on the side for horses, and this paved trail is not only great for bikes, but wheelchairs, skates, and walkers.

Scott Pierson Trail
Just west of the Port of Tacoma begins an urbanized journey that sprawls through downtown Tacoma, across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and into Gig Harbor. The trail links to many man-made attractions, including War Memorial Park, the Tacoma Nature Center at Snake Lake, and Cheney Stadium (home of the Tacoma Rainiers). The trail offers varied areas of difficulty with hilly sections that allow for more experienced bikers to get a good workout while taking in the scenic backdrop of downtown Tacoma.

Cushman Trail
Beginning and ending in Gig Harbor is a short trail stretching six miles, allowing for many different age groups to enjoy the well-paved path. The trail is simple and travels along the east side of the harbor. Take the short stroll through Gig Harbor and wave to pedestrians, roller-bladers, and fellow bike-riders.

Puyallup Riverwalk
Enjoy a leisurely ride through both nature and paved urban areas on this 4-mile trail along the Puyallup River. The scenic trail is a relatively easy one for beginners, and provides a great landscape for a family outing.

Water Flume Trail
The recently restored Water Flume Trail, formerly known as the Water Ditch trail, sits in the heart of downtown Tacoma. In an effort to improve the South Tacoma Corridor for pedestrian and rider safety, the trail resides between many small parks, including Oak Tree Park, Wapato Park, and Creekside Park, all of which provide lovely areas for bicyclists to roam free.

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