by Carrie Krueger, Marketing Director
The tiny little town of Newcastle, WA boasts a beautiful little trail system that takes walkers through interesting and secluded greenbelts and parks. Suburban Newcastle, sits south of Bellevue, north of Renton in the foothills just east of Lake Washington.
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The Milepost Trail winds through neighborhoods, south to the May Creek Trail where the real outdoor adventure began. The trail transitions quickly from bustling suburb to quiet, mossy forest. May Creek rushes through creating little waterfalls and the route is dotted with wooden benches for sitting and take it in. Nicely maintained bridges allow crisscrossing the creek while keeping dry. The atmosphere is so peaceful it’s easy to forget there are houses a stone’s throw away. The mud and hills do not seem to stop runners, families and birders from tackling it on a Sunday morning.
The trail continues for several miles through May Creek Park. A cutoff to the Waterline Trail loops back to Lake Boren Park.
Housing developments have sprung up like weeds in this area so it’s reassuring to know there are still wild places amidst human activity. The trail map shows many more places to explore including a connection into the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park making Newcastle a wonderful source of nature nearby.