Nestled away just 30 minutes outside the bustling city of Seattle lies Maple Valley, Washington. Family Circle Magazine voted Maple Valley “One of the 10 Best Towns for Families.”
Maple Valley was featured this summer on King 5 News “Beyond The Studio Series.” Watch these great videos shot at Lake Wilderness to learn more:
Originally settled in 1897, the town was known for both their coal and timber industries. In the 1920s, Lake Wilderness became a popular lakeside resort destination where people could get away from the never-ending buzz of the city.
In 1997, the town was officially incorporated and that was the beginning of an era of growth that has yet to stop. With the town population of just over 25,000 and a business sector that has seen their growth triple, the prosperity of Maple Valley shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.
Maple Valley is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and families looking for the convenience of living in an area with great amenities and recreation while still enjoying the feel of a small town.
You’ll find a variety of housing options, dining, recreation, and resources just out your front door.
Here’s everything you need to know about making your home in Maple Valley.
Nestled between Seattle and Tacoma
With only 30 miles to Seattle or Tacoma, anything you need is either within town or a short commute away. Some of the major employers of area residents include Boeing, Amazon, Expedia, Adobe, Microsoft, and Starbucks. Interstates 5 and 90 are easily accessible along with State Route 18.
Sea-Tac International Airport and the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are all easily connected via Maple Valley.
Maple Valley has a multitude of great shopping and dining options for families or a night out with friends.
Maple Valley’s farmers market is considered one of the 10 best in the state. It truly is “The Saturday Place to Be!” There’s a hub of activity around the 4 Corners area where you’ll find grocery stores, pubs and restaurants, fast food and more. Grab the dog and walk, ride your bike or drive — all trails lead you here.
Family Friendly Is the Focus
Voted the best place in Washington to raise kids by Bloomberg Magazine, it should be no surprise that Maple Valley has a thriving community, Having an active force of involved volunteers helps contribute to that small-town feel that residents have, and there’s no shortage of civic pride to go around.
Tahoma School District was ranked 9th of all Washington State Public School Districts in 2018. Offering several workforce development programs, including media production, automotive, welding, manufacturing, and robotics, students in Maple Valley are afforded the best opportunities to prosper in their future.
The community at large has multiple organizations that provide residents the chance to be active participants in the community. These organizations include the Rotary Club of Maple Valley, the Maple Valley Centennial Lions Club, and the Maple Valley Historical Society.
Arts and Culture Abound
The community of Maple Valley has a strong focus on creative arts and community activities to enrich the lives of people who live there. Whether you want to get hands-on or just enjoy the work of your fellow community members, there’s something for everyone in the Maple Valley arts and culture scene.
The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council, Maple Valley Community Center, Maple Valley Library Guild, and Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra are all popular organizations that support the diverse talents of the community at large.
Outdoor Recreation Is Just Outside Your Door
With over 120 miles of trails for biking and hiking, it’s no wonder people love Maple Valley.
Lake Wilderness Park and Lodge is a King County Historical Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Surrounded by a 108-acre park, the Lodge is nestled on the shores of Lake Wilderness. The Park and Lodge are surrounded by wildlife, hiking trails, and Mt. Rainier as a magnificent backdrop.
Lake Wilderness boasts a swim beach with lifeguard, along with play area, picnic tables, concession stand, and boat rentals. With spectacular views and endless activities for the entire family, it’s one of the most popular destinations in Maple Valley.
Throughout the year, there a variety of events, including a fishing derby and breakfast, Maple Valley Days, Music in the Park, 4th of July Celebration with fireworks, Kid’s Festival and Family Concert, Outdoor Movies Under the Stars, Hometown Holidays and more.
The Arboretum is also a popular outdoor destination at Lake Wilderness with 5 acres of gardens and over 30 acres of forest trails for you to walk or bike through.
If golfing is more your speed, there’s both an 18-hole golf course and disc golf course on the Lake Wilderness Park grounds.
Visit our newest community The 19 at Elk Run located in beautiful Maple Valley, WA.
We invite you to take a tour of our new model homes and enjoy the day in Maple Valley.