Celebrate spring on Kent’s amazing trail system

March 21, 2023

Pump up the bike tires and find your favorite sneakers. It’s time to explore Kent’s terrific trails! Whether you have 20 minutes or several hours, you can easily get to a paved trail for a scenic route to bike or walk.

Need another reason to test the trails? May is National Bike Month. Join the fun in Kent on the Soos Creek Trail, trails at local parks and the following interconnected trails.

Kent Valley Loop Trails

Five paved loop trails connect the Green River and Interurban Trails. The loop trails also access parks, ball fields, golf, downtown Kent, picnic tables, fishing areas, bird viewing and a skate park.

All the Kent Valley Loop Trails have multiple entry points. Use this map to find the 11 designated parking areas and amenities found throughout the loop trail system.

  • Heron Loop Trail – 4.5 miles through the southwest part of the loop system, closely following the Green River. Features: Enjoy the quiet path around the Riverbend Golf Complex and stop for fun on the playground at Hogan Park at Russell Road.
  • Rabbit Loop Trail – 1.6 miles, an extension on the southern tip of the Heron Loop. Features: Perfect for younger kids, especially after a visit to the Old Fishing Hole.
  • Salmon Loop Trail – 13 miles, down and back along the gently winding Green River; some areas overlap with the Heron Loop. Features: At the north end is Three Friends Fishing Hole. Near the south end is the Old Fishing Hole, stocked with 1,500 trout every year.
  • Eagle Loop Trail - 13 miles, a blend of the river’s edge and city streetscapes. Features: On the east side, the loop piggybacks the Interurban Trail with open fields and access to downtown Kent. The west side of the Eagle Loop Trail follows the Green River.
  • Frog Loop Trail – 9 miles, a future trail pending completion of the Regional Connector Trail. Features: The completed Frog Loop Trail will create a smaller route within the southern half of the Eagle Loop Trail.

Interurban Trail

Parts of the Kent Valley Loop Trails overlap the 14.7 mile Interurban Trail. The trail crosses through Kent from S. 196th Street to Foster Park. Features: The mostly straight and scenic trail offers views of Mount Rainier. Popular with cycling commuters. Access and parking are available at multiple points along the trail, managed by King County Parks.

The full Interurban Trail begins at Fort Dent Park in the Southcenter area and continues south through Renton, downtown Kent, Emerald Downs in Auburn, through Algona to 3rd Avenue SW in the town of Pacific.

Green River Trail

The scenic Green River Trail covers 19 miles and overlaps with several Kent Valley Loop Trails. Features: The trail passes through natural landscapes, river views, parks and industrial land, and it crosses several bridges.

The southern tip of the Green River Trail connects to the Interurban Trail at Foster Park in Kent. The northern point of the Green River Trail is Cecil Moses Park in Tukwila.


The final course

There’s one more set of trails to visit before you head home: The Kent Food Trails! From hoppy craft brews to steamy spiced stews, you’ll find the perfect option to refuel after your day outside. Cruise the flavorful choices in categories like international foods, farm to table, downtown dining, kid-friendly kitchens and local libations.

Maybe you should plan an overnight stay so you can explore more trails the next day! Rest easy at one of these local hotels.