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Beautiful spot, even in the winter!

I stopped by the 5 mile dam park for a visit and it was really nice. The water was up high going... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2019
Austin, Texas
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Beautiful drive!

Absolutely loved this drive! Very scenic even in the wintertime. Many points of interest. Will come... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2019
Viktorija F
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
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Reviewed 17 February 2019 via mobile

I stopped by the 5 mile dam park for a visit and it was really nice. The water was up high going over the dam and there were quite a few fish visible in the calm deeper water upstream from the dam. I want to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Moved2Texas
Reviewed 6 February 2019

The 5 Mile Drive is a treasure in the 2nd largest municipal park in the US. There are gorgeous viewpoints, great places to stop for lunch/snacks, and many miles of gentle walks and vigorous hikes. You can visit the Rhododendron Garden, Owen Beach, Fort Nisqually,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 6 February 2019 via mobile

Absolutely loved this drive! Very scenic even in the wintertime. Many points of interest. Will come back in warmer weather as well and picnic!

Date of experience: February 2019
3  Thank Viktorija F
Reviewed 18 January 2019

We were here in December so we missed the blooming flowers but the scenery was still lovely. The scenic views offered a view of Seattle.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank shnpan
Reviewed 16 January 2019 via mobile

What a beautiful drive, even in the middle of winter. Water, woods and views. Places to pull over to observe.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank potts130
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place the rose gardens are really nice nice place to have a photoshoot and picnic u Dee the deer walking around

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank cristinaz151
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

I don't live too far from point defiance and we love taking the kids and dogs here to play. My sister and I will walk the five mile with the dogs on weekend mornings they close off the main loop to cars till i think...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nicole S
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Tacoma has one of the most beautiful parks around in Point Defiance. Not only does it have gorgeous rose gardens, picnic sites, beach, hiking trails, and a zoo but it also boasts the most gorgeous drive through tall timbers providing scenic views of the sound...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank liketotravelII
Reviewed 10 November 2018

The 5-mile drive was very picturesque. The road winds through a park, hiking trails, outlooks and, in our case, families of raccoons.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank elizabethgM716LE
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Nothing beats doing the drive in an electric car, driving silently with the with windows down, listening to the sounds of the forest. Well yes, on a bicycle or walking is even better.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MikeInTacoma
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Samantha M
3 February 2017|
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Response from Metro Parks T | Property representative |
Unfortunately no, Point Defiance Park closes 1/2 hour after sunset.
10 April 2016|
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Response from Bob W | Reviewed this property |
General Park Hours: Open ½ hour before sunrise Close ½ hour after sunset Outer Loop Closed to Vehicles During park hours the gate at the head of the Five Mile Drive's outer loop is closed to vehicle traffic so that... More
10 August 2015|
Response from SillyAndie | Reviewed this property |
The trails are only for foot traffic. Bicycles are not allowed on the trails themselves, but can be ridden on the road without problem. For more information go to the Metro Parks Tacoma website.