Skip to main content
King County logo

Newsroom

Natural Resources and Parks
Public Affairs


Public forestland grows as King County Parks acquires 40 acres in Taylor Mountain Forest

Summary

Private acreage near Maple Valley that is surrounded by publicly owned working forest and offering an abundance of recreation opportunities has been acquired by King County.

Story

Private acreage near Maple Valley that is surrounded by publicly owned working forest and offering an abundance of recreation opportunities has beenTaylor_Trail_2015 acquired by King County.

The 40-acre “inholding” property in Taylor Mountain Forest near the community of Hobart was purchased for slightly more than $692,000, with most of the funding coming from the King County Parks Expansion Levy.

The newly acquired forestland includes an old millpond that provides excellent wildlife habitat, while a creek’s headwaters are also protected on this property.

King County Parks hopes to build a trail to link two existing trails, creating a loop trail that will greatly improve public access to the forestland. Crews will also demolish the few structures on the property and restore those areas for improved habitat.

Taylor Mountain Forest is located near Tiger Mountain, south of I-90 and east of SR 18, between the communities of Hobart and North Bend in eastern King County. The 1,923-acre site, which offers sweeping views of Mount Rainier, forested wetlands, and meadows of wildflowers, provides an important habitat link between the City of Seattle's Cedar River Watershed and Tiger Mountain State Forest.

# # #

About King County Parks
King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 26,000 acres of parks and natural lands, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 180 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs.