Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail

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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.

In Memory

Named in honor of Sergeant First Class (SFC) Nathan Chapman, a Green Beret and Puyallup resident who was the first U.S. soldier killed by enemy fire in 2002 in Afghanistan.  SFC Chapman received the Bronze Star with Valor, the Second Award of the Combat Infantry's Badge with Star, and the Purple Heart for his actions in Afghanistan. Nate Chapman leaves behind his wife and two children.

Chapman Motto

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.

image of Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail Sign

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.  The trail provides community access between the parks and Rogers High School and Zeiger Elementary School. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash. 

The trail is considered an easy route, taking on average a little under an hour to complete. The trail is open year-round unless otherwise posted.

GPS Coordinates

  • South Hill Park Entrance
    y 659478.99796 Longitude - 122.31208
    x 1189387.43473 Latitude - 47.12753
  • Heritage Recreation Center Entrance
    y 663175.75775 Longitude - 122.3062
    x 1190937.23126 Latitude - 47.13776