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Bellevue’s Mercer Slough Park: Educational Center, Historical Refuge, and Outdoorsy Paradise

Bellevue’s Mercer Slough Nature Park is housed between Bellevue Way SE to the west, I-405 to the east, I-90 to the south, and 112th Ave SE to the north. A water inlet runs the length of the park, with a boat launch near the mouth where the park meets Lake Washington.

An epic destination for nature lovers, this park offers a little bit of everything (though some of it is closed as of August 2018).

With over 7-miles of trails, Mercer Slough offers a variety of beautiful scenery. Walk along Bellevue Way or explore the trails through the heart of the park. Both the Heritage Trail and the I-90 Trail systems are great paths to explore.


Guided tours are an amazing way to explore the surrounding area and learn how each ecosystem works.

One can explore 320 acres of wildlife habitat during the guided canoe tours that happen throughout the year. This 3-hour excursion is led by a Bellevue park ranger from Enatai Beach Park. Hopefully you’ll get to see otters, herons, turtles, and other wildlife throughout your journey!

They also have free guided ranger walks available on selected Sundays throughout the year. Check out their website for all the details and to RSVP.


The blueberry farm sells fresh, seasonal produce throughout the year. The Winter House is Bellevue’s sole public building on the National Historic Register; and thus they’ve beautifully restored the home and property.

Stay updated on the transit and visiting updates from Mercer Slough Nature Park by visiting the park homepage here, but as of September 2018 their Winters House is closed due to Light Rail construction.

The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center holds a partnership with the Pacific Science Center and focuses on freshwater wetland ecology. They’re open daily from 10am-4pm with programs for adults, youth, and families to explore and learn about local ecology systems.

Without a doubt, Mercer Slough Nature Park is a highly praised and regarded Bellevue asset. Even if you don’t want a guided tour, you can explore and catch glimpses of wildlife. Please visit for all the details.

What’s your favorite part of Mercer Slough Nature Park? The blueberry picking? The 7+ miles of nature trails? Learning about Bellevue’s heritage? Share your favorite stories in the comments below!


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