Dockton Forest and Natural Area is managed to protect and enhance its ecological values, to provide opportunities for low-impact recreation, and to demonstrate ecologically sustainable forest management.
Dockton Forest was previously owned and managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). King County acquired one 20 acre parcel through the state’s Trust Land Transfer program, and a 40-acre parcel through fee acquisition.
The natural area parcels were acquired with Conservation Futures funding as part of the Maury Island Initiative. A variety of community partners on Vashon and Maury Island, including the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust, the Vashon Forest Stewards, Vashon Audubon, the Vashon equestrian community and the Vashon mountain biking community support our efforts to preserve and protect the Dockton Forest and Natural Area.
Dockton Forest and Natural Area, along with the adjacent Dockton Park, is 152
acres of working forest, saltwater shoreline and natural park lands located on the south-central part of Maury Island. There is an extensive trail system throughout the 152 acres that is used by hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers, and Dockton Park provides a public boat launch and moorage.
Dockton Forest comprises six parcels totaling 86 acres, the natural area protects over 40 acres of upland forest and 2 acres of saltwater shoreline along Quartermaster Harbor.
WTA Pro Tip: King County Parks has a great map for this park on their website.