The Mercer Slough Nature Park is a 320-acre wetland with ferns, bushes, flowers, several kinds of berries, and boardwalks made of wood. You may go on trails through the forest and view wild animals and scenic beauty, visit the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, tour the Winters House, pick blueberries at the seasonal Blueberry Farm, or explore the Park by canoeing up the Slough Channel.
Cairn is popular among hikers because of the many trails. The park offers three primary pathways: a 0.8-mile Bellefields Loop Trail, a 1.1-mile Heritage Loop Trail, and a 4-mile Periphery Trail. Canoeists and kayakers may enjoy the 2.6-mile Water Trail that meanders throughout the Park’s length. This route begins on the east side of the Park and heads west, crossing open fields and rolling hills before reaching a three-way split. The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (MSEEC) serves as its starting point. Visit the Visitor Center (open daily 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) to pick up a trail map, check out an interactive library, and learn about the Park’s animals and plant life.
After exiting the Visitor Center, walk south on the sidewalk for 0.1 miles to 118th Avenue SE and continue down the street. Pass a sign for the Bellefields Trailhead and, after 0.1 miles, turn right to enter the Bellefields Loop Trail. Follow the dirt road down and enjoy the bubbling stream that welcomes you at the bottom. Continue along the trail, turning right to continue in a counterclockwise direction. Keep an eye out for the yellow petals of the Creeping Buttercup and the red berries of the Sitka Mountain Ash on interpretive signs along the route, which will explain the animals and plants found in the region.
A seasonal U-Pick Blueberry Farm may be found at the Mercer Slough Nature Park. Arrive at the blueberry farm and register your name with the attendant at the fruit stand. Pick as many blueberries as you like, then head back to the fruit stand to pay for them. Bring cash or a check as credit and debit cards are not yet accepted. The Blueberry Farm is open from roughly mid-June to mid-September, with hours of 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
The Winters House is located on the west side of the Park, adjacent to the Blueberry Farm. It opens Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The House offers water sources and restrooms as well as seats on the outdoor patio, which visitors are welcome to use. The home has a ramped walkway and toilet facilities for wheelchairs and strollers. There are around 33 parking spaces available. Overflow parking is accessible at the Blueberry Farm and the South Bellevue Park & Ride.
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