Located in Carnation, Washington, at the confluence of the Snoqualmie and Tolt Rivers, Tolt-MacDonald Park might be the most rewarding and easiest Seattle get-away. Particularly if you are escaping with kids, Tolt-MacDonald Park truly has it all; it is the setting for the archetypal summer camp.
A total of 574 acres flank both sides of the Snoqualmie River, and the banks are connected with a 500-foot long suspension footbridge. The park features large playing fields (one soccer field and two baseball fields), a playground, countless picnic tables and three distinct picnic shelters, fishing, a sandy beach, easy hiking trails through a native conifer forest, and a 38-site campground with additional yurts and two very large group campsites.
Creation of the park began in 1970 and wrapped up in 1976 after Boy Scout Council Chief, John MacDonald, lead 20,000 Boy Scouts in a massive undertaking to construct many of the park's facilities, including campsites, picnic tables and shelters. The suspension bridge was built by the Army Reserves.
Note: There are two entrance points into the park. The main entrance is at the end of NE 40th Street in Carnation, while a separate south entrance and parking area provides access to the Tolt River, the park's beach, and the best fishing along the Snoqualmie River. To make reservations for the picnic shelters, call 206.205.5434 or email King County scheduling office at [email protected].