A walk through wooded, well maintained and (well-marked) trails bring hikers to a sturdy observation platform overlooking wetlands protected by Great Peninsula Conservancy in the heart of Hansville Greenway. Look closely for a beaver lodge, wood ducks and river otters. This is the perfect place to observe a watershed at work, feeding clean water to Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet. What began as a community vision in the 1990s became a reality thanks to the leadership of Hansville Greenway Association founders like Sid Knutson, cooperation with Kitsap County, and partnership with their local land trust.
This October, over 60 GPC members and friends celebrated the publishing of Sid and Craig Knutson’s book Story of the Hansville Greenway, heard an enthusiastic presentation on Kitsap’s many trails by Urban Trails Kitsap author, Craig Romano, explored Hansville Greenway with trail experts and enjoyed Knutson family stories about building the trail.
Missed the book signing? You can still pick up a copy of Knutson’s book at the Hansville Grocery. Proceeds to support field trips that bring fourth graders to the Greenway to try their hand at using microscopes to get a close up view of the stream’s health by observing its tiniest creatures. And if you want to hit other trails in Kitsap County, Craig Romano’s book is available at your local Liberty Bay Books or online.
Hansville Greenway has trails for all levels of hikers. Find out more about the greenway’s history and GPC’s role in its preservation here.
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