PROS: Good location near shopping and restaurants. Nice shady spots and decent-sized spaces (no problem putting out slides). Nice walking trails and good for dogs. Relatively quiet. CONS: Limited satellite reception, no Verizon Wi-Fi connection, limited AT&T cell. Some sites aren't level. Have to reserve on state park website with a fee. No laundry of course with a state park. We will return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
To our surprise, the park had added sewer hook ups this last Spring (there was only water and electric sites) so it was nice to find that we would enjoy the added convenience without any added cost. We stayed here for three nights and had to deal with barking dogs, crying kids in the middle of the night, and loud talking/laughing way past the time for 'quiet hours'. No one is at the park to monitor after 8:00 p.m. The beach is across the road and quite a distance from the campground itself. The roads throughout the CG are narrow and sites are small. We were in Site #32 and there was minimal screening between us and the adjoining sites. It's located fairly close to shopping (within 5 miles). Perhaps we would consider staying here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The only point lost is for how walk-ins are handled. Virtually everywhere else that we have been in SPs, when nobody is at the gate, reserved sites will have tags on the posts so that one can tell what is available & what is not. Not so at Dash Point. We set up at a vacant site, one of the few suitable for large rigs, only the have the person who reserved it show up just as we finished setting up in a little Scamp TT. They were only there for 2 nights vs our 6 nights but they were not about to relinquish the site & take a more size appropriate site which was available. We moved, squeezing ourselves into a back in much more suitable for the little Scamp. Oh well. Otherwise many improvements have been made at Dash Point since our last visit 3 years ago, including lengthening a number of sites along with new power and water facilities. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was our 4th of 12 stops on our 28 day, 7 state camping adventure with wife and 2 kids. This was the 1st of 2 Washington State Parks and the place was beautiful! Located in Federal Way (20 minutes south of Seattle), it is a few minutes from town, but located in a very lush park/forest. They have trails going to Puget Sound. The kids absolutely loved it. Only downfall was that there was no sewer hook-up at campsite, but everything else was great! Would definitely return! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We really liked this park but it is not for larger rigs. We are only 36' and had some tight turns to make in order to get into the site we chose online (#48). We had to pull past the sited and back into it. The trees are not trimmed back from the road which makes it difficult for full body paint. Overall once we did get in and set up we loved it! The hike to the beach is beautiful whether you go on the trail or the road. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Camp hosts were friendly and accommodating. The park itself is very poorly maintained. Paths to the restrooms are sometimes not marked, and some that are marked lead through a swamp. The restrooms themselves were in such a state of disrepair that they were very close to the disgusting category. I mean, come on, I realize that all States have budget problems, but can we not purchase a new shower curtain to replace the one that is shredded from top to bottom in 4 places? Back in sites have not been updated to accommodate larger vehicles for many years. We have a 26' travel trailer towed with a Suburban, and I was thankful that there was one pull through site left. It would have taken a long time to get my trailer in one of the back-in sites if at all. My backing skills would fall into the reasonably competent category. I would not stay here again under any circumstances. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 7 / 10 ]
Typical state park set up with fire ring and table. Only 28 sites have water and electric and these are the most popular. All the remaining sites are dry. Bathrooms were clean but old and very basic. Reservations are available (at a cost) and recommended if staying during the summer or holidays. We raked our own site to get rid of cigarette butts and nut shells. Great location to visit Tacoma...don't miss the glass museum! Free parking and free, fast tram service to downtown. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Definitely not for larger units, site are not meant for maneuvering anything over 20' long. The staff were great, very helpful and friendly. The hike to the beach is a fair distance, crowded once you get there with the local urban youth (not very pleasant) If your going to Wild Waves this is probably a one of the better places to camp. Would not make this a destination campground - quite busy. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice shaded park. Lots of hiking trails and small beach area. Most sites are private, small, lots of dirt and no grass. Picnic tables in very poor shape. They dont keep good track of how many people they allow per site. One site had 4 tents and about 12 people, caused for lots of traffic and people around. The location to the city is great. Within in 10 minutes you can be at Wild Waves, Se Tac Mall and Tacoma. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a truly beautiful wooded park. The park itself has not been updated to accommodate modern motorhomes. Roads are very narrow which restrict entry into sites. Made reservation 6 months prior to visit with service who claimed to be familiar with park. They could not have picked a worse site for a 40' motorhome. Park is designed for tents, trailers and small motorhomes. Would not advise anything larger than about 32 feet. Tow vehicle cost another $10.00 a day for a parking permit. That made the camping fee $36 after paying the reservation fee. No wonder park was only 60% full on a hot June weekend. The area around the park has grown up so park is no longer "in the country". Felt security was needed 24 hrs, not just in the night hours. The camp hosts were the friendliest and most helpful I have ever met, but were given no ability to make decisions. The park ranger who showed up after dark was the rudest & most unfriendly I have ever met. He spent his time advising people that hadn't stopped for a stop sign at the dark and closed entry shack! There are trails around park that even go to the beach. There is no trail map and trails are unmarked with many Y's. After 2 hrs we were unable to find the beach. We camped here in a Motorhome.