We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great walking trails”

Mercer Slough Nature Park
Ranked #4 of 44 things to do in Bellevue
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Reviewed 13 December 2012

There are great walking trails that take you through forested areas and then across bogs and the slough, lots of birds and wildlife to see.

1  Thank normana53
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (87)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

73 - 77 of 87 reviews

Reviewed 8 November 2012

This is long wildlife preserve. A bit hard to find your way around in or to find entrances to but worth the time to see unspoiled slough areas. A variety of activities can be found here from running, walking, exploring with kids or canoeing.

Thank Sandra A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 November 2012

In south Bellevue, in startling serenity between I-90 and I-405 visitors find well-tended paths for hiking and jogging that surround one of Bellevue's finest blueberry bogs. Kayaks and canoes travel the waterways created when the Mountlake cut connecting Lake Union and Lake Washington lowered the water levels. Park at the Bellevue South park 'n ride or better yet just north of that at the Winters' House historical museum which houses some fine memories of Bellevue's beginning (at least in settlement terms) following the civil war. There is a farmer's market just to the north of the Winters' House with fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables and some flowers; you can also pick your own blueberries in season (usually June through September).

3  Thank Ken D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 November 2012

It is a great walk across boardwalks and raised soil paths through a wetland. Gets a bit soggy but always an enjoyable getaway from the city hussle and bussle. 5 min to being surrounded by nature.

Thank qxgolfer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 August 2012

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad place to walk. But it’s a lot better to paddle through in a canoe or a kayak. You can rent these at Enatai beach (should be easy enough to find on the map, right underneath the I-90 bridge between Bellevue and Mercer Island), starting from $15 for the first hour and $5 for each additional hour. And if you have your own it’s even better. You can launch from Enatai park or a little access point on Bellevue Way, at the entry to I-90.

Before you leave, take a look at the map of the slough: it looks a bit like a “9”. You really have to do the loop part of the “9”. That’s where you will zigzag between water lilies, spot a couple of herons, that might even take off in a spectacular fashion right in front of you, observe some turtles trying to catch some sun on water logs, see fish splashing in and out of the water. According to the friendly paddlers we met on the way, seeing all that was a common occurrence.

My wife and I took 2 hours to do the full loop at a very leisurely pace, and we are not exactly in the league of Olympic paddlers. We met quite a few families on the way, with small kids in canoes. Even if you have never been in a canoe or kayak before, this place is perfect, as there are no motorized boats creating waves around you.

4  Thank Eicee
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Mercer Slough Nature Park also viewed

 

Been to Mercer Slough Nature Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing