The Black River Riparian Forest and Wetland hosts more than 50 species of birds in this habitat area. A bird-watcher's dream, it also provides a wonderful place to stretch your legs and enjoy a shot of nature within Renton's city limits.
After parking, take the sidewalk over the river and turn right onto a paved path and kiosk. The paved path curves downhill and right, to the left on the curve is a dirt footpath that takes off along the river. The grade is flat and the scenery fair.
While here, you'll likely see mallards, woodpeckers, and some of the blue herons that make up the largest flock in Washington. Part of the forest includes a trail on boardwalk, which helps keep hikers feet out of the muddy wetland area.