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 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'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. 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.