Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail
14201 86th Ave. East
Puyallup, WA 98375
The Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail cuts through woods and wetlands, joining South Hill Community Park with Heritage Recreation Center,
a public athletic complex. The trail is a wide, paved route that
connects to a loop trail at South Hill Community Park. Both the Nathan
Chapman Memorial Trail and the South Hill Park Loop, together make one
of the area’s best short day hikes. Access the trail at 86th Avenue east
and 144th Street East in South Hill Puyallup.
Named in honor Sergeant
Nathan Chapman, a Green Beret and Puyallup resident who was the first
U.S. soldier killed by enemy fire in 2002 in Afghanistan.
Chapman's motto was
'Stand Up and Do Something.' He was remembered by his friends as
dynamic, outgoing and charismatic. He told his wife he joined the Green
Berets to fight against injustice and to help free oppressed people. The
Special Forces motto is 'Liberating the Oppressed.' Nate Chapman served
twelve and half years in the Army.
About the Trail
This paved trail
system is about 1.6 miles long and surrounded by large trees, man-made
wetlands and beautiful scenery, creating an easy and enjoyable walk to
either site. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on