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Black River Riparian Forest

Puget Sound and Islands


Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area
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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.


Black River Riparian Forest

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4734, -122.2390 Open map in new window


Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

City of Renton

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Getting There

Driving north on I405, take exit 2 (from southbound I-405, it's exit 2B), and follow the signs to Renton. Turn left on Grady Way, then make a right on Oakesdale Ave SW and follow it, passing SW 7th Street. Look for a parking area on your left and trail leading to the wetland.

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This trailhead is accessible by bus! Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedule for King County Metro route number 101.

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