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Exploring the Sammamish River Trail

A Scenic Adventure from Bothell to Redmond and Beyond

The Sammamish River Trail, a gem nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, offers a serene escape for outdoor enthusiasts, families, and adventurers alike. Stretching over 10 miles, this picturesque trail meanders alongside the Sammamish River, connecting Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, and Redmond, with access to numerous parks, natural areas, and local attractions.

Redmond: The Heart of the Trail

As you continue south, the trail leads you into Redmond, home to tech companies like Microsoft and a hub for innovation and outdoor recreation. Marymoor Park, located at the trail’s southern end, is a sprawling 640-acre park offering something for everyone, including an off-leash dog park, rock climbing wall, sports fields, and extensive trails. The park also hosts a seasonal farmers market, concerts, and various community events, making it a lively destination year-round. Its unique velodrome offers cycling enthusiasts the chance to watch or participate in track cycling races. As you explore Redmond, be sure to take a detour to the Redmond Town Center for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Bothell/Kenmore: The Northern Gateway

Starting in the charming cities of Bothell and Kenmore, the Sammamish River Trail begins at Blyth Park in Bothell, an ideal spot for a leisurely picnic with open spaces, playgrounds, and river access for kayaking or canoeing. Heading south, you’ll soon reach the Wayne Golf Course, where the lush greenery offers a peaceful backdrop for your adventure. The trail then passes through the Kenmore Waterfront Activities Center, a great spot to rent paddle-boards or kayaks for a refreshing detour on the water. As you leave Kenmore, the trail’s flat, well-maintained path ensures a comfortable journey, whether you’re biking, walking, or jogging.

Woodinville: Wine Country and More

As the trail winds into Woodinville, you’ll find yourself in the heart of Washington’s wine country, renowned for its vineyards and tasting rooms. Chateau Ste. Michelle, one of the oldest and most famous wineries in the region, offers tours and tastings in a beautiful setting, while the nearby Redhook Brewery is a fantastic spot to sample local craft beers and enjoy a meal. For those seeking a more active adventure, the Woodinville Sports Fields are perfect for soccer or baseball, and the adjacent Wilmot Gateway Park features a charming playground, picnic areas, and access to the river for fishing or bird-watching. Woodinville’s vibrant community and scenic beauty make it a highlight of the Sammamish River Trail.

Beyond Redmond: Exploring Further

While the official Sammamish River Trail ends in Redmond, the adventure doesn’t have to stop there. The trail seamlessly connects to the East Lake Sammamish Trail, which continues south along the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish. This extension offers additional miles of scenic beauty, with opportunities to visit Lake Sammamish State Park, a popular destination for swimming, boating, and picnicking.

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