The Sammamish River Trail is an 11-mile trail starting at Marymoor Park in Redmond, passing through Woodinville, ending at Blythe Park in Bothell. At Blythe Park, it connects with the Burke-Gilman Trail and continues another 18.8 miles ending at Golden Gardens in Seattle.
The Sammamish River Trail is really three trails in one. It’s a wide paved trail, suitable for walkers, joggers, and wheels of all kinds, including strollers, skaters, bikes, and trikes. Alongside the paved trail is a soft-surface, grass/dirt trail accessible to horses between Marymoor Park and 175th Street in Woodinville. The third trail is the Sammamish River itself, offering opportunities for kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.
The trail passes through a number of green spaces, including parks, sports fields, and agricultural land. Consider taking a break at Bothell Landing to check out the historical buildings, playground or paddleboard rental. Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville has a playground, restrooms, and picnic tables. Marymoor Park has a large off-leash dog area, playgrounds, sports fields, tennis courts, a climbing rock and a velodrome.
There’s a surprising amount of wildlife to be found along the Sammamish River. Salmon, turtles, and beaver can be seen in the river. Eagles, hawks, herons, ducks, and geese can be found above the river. Frogs, weasels, bunnies, and deer can be seen along the river. Trails like this are great when you're looking for a little exercise and connection with nature but don't have time to get out of town.