Taylor Bay Park
Taylor Bay Park is one of the newest parks in Key Pen Parks’ portfolio, and is located on the southwestern tip of the Key Peninsula near the quiet community of Longbranch.
Covering around 39 acres, Taylor Bay Park encompasses a rich variety of native plant and animal life. A dense, maritime forest of Douglas fir, aspen, and Western hemlock hides a small meadow full of native flowers. Taylor Bay Creek runs through the forested upland, creating wetlands before spilling out into the mouth of the estuary, where there is abundant bird life, including herons and kingfishers. At low tide the gravel beach extends out to reveal acres of mud flats teeming with marine life including colonies of clams, oysters, and sand dollars.
Great Peninsula Conservancy first initiated this project in fall 2006 after realizing that the site was critical refuge and foraging habitat for juvenile salmon migrating along the western shoreline of Key Peninsula. Great Peninsula Conservancy helped to convene partners to protect this property, and the Trust for Public partnered with Key Pen Parks to secure the funds to buy the land using grants from Pierce County Conservation Futures Fund and Washington’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
Taylor Bay includes picnic tables, water access, and non-motorized boat access.