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“State Park camping was great!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dash Point State Park

Dash Point State Park
Federal Way, WA
253-661-4955
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Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Federal Way
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Hiking
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Concrete, Washington
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“State Park camping was great!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We stayed here in an RV for four days in August. Easy to get to, spots are pull through and easy to level on, the only thing that wasn't stellar about the experience was the amount of dirt in the campsite. I get that camping can be dirty (been doing it for more than 50 years), but there seemed to be more dirt than gravel around the picnic table, and that's easily remedied. Of course, our state is going through some financial difficulties, and that could be why there wasn't enough gravel to go around. Maintaining state parks *can* be expensive. Aside from that, the experience we had there was great, the park was nice enough to camp in and enjoy. That said, there were a few things I'd like to mention as caveats:
1 - The electrical hookup was straight 50 amp with no extra 30 amp plug in available. For those who have older RVs that don't have an outside extension plug in and like to either plug in patio lights on their awning and/or use an electric drill with a lug driver to raise and lower your stabilizer jacks...you can't because there's no standard 30 amp plug in (which most campsites have nowadays).
2 - We were wrongly charged for an extra vehicle even though we have the Washington State issued "Discovery Pass" as well as a handicapped placard for that vehicle. The Discovery Pass for state parks clearly states that vehicles with the Discovery Pass and handicapped placards are free for parking in all state parks. This added $40 to our fee - even after I pointed out the Discovery Pass rules to the lady who checked us in.
3 - The beach is quite a trek from the campground - and down a long, steep hill. If you plan to ride bicycles you've taken along with you for camping, keep this in mind - you have to get back *up* that long, steep hill.
4 - You're in a State Park, but still in an urban setting. That comes along with urban party-types at the tent sites, airliners flying right over you frequently going to or coming from Sea-Tac International Airport, and the usual smoggy-kind of smell you get in the city.

Other than what I've noted, this was a decent experience and enjoyable. I would still opt for more rural settings for state park camping in the future, but wouldn't rule this one out completely.

Visited August 2012
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Federal Way, Washington
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“A quick dash into nature”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

If you're here in the summer, it's jammed with kids, dogs, dog poop, etc. In the off-seasons (most of the year), it's quieter. Visit exclusively in the middle of the day. Any secluded park gets dangerous at night.

Visited September 2012
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seattle
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“Love the Sound”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Re: the Police were in and out. Federal Way is a Large city of around 100K people, you will tend to see more Police than rural areas. I love this beach as I can wonder along Puget Sound and distant myself from "crowds" and let my dog run wild. Occasional seal spotted. Their are trails that I love as well.

Visited June 2012
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Hubbard, Oregon
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Police”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The police were in and out of this place all night and we didn't feel safe. When we went to the beach the next day it was a little creapy....we felt uncomfortable at this place.

Visited June 2012
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Auburn, Washington
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“Wanted to check it out.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We went and it was not as big as I thought it would be and it was kind of messy. The bathrooms were not maintained.

Visited June 2012
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