Nestled in Gig Harbor, Artondale was once a bustling logging community. Lumber harvested in the Arletta and Rosedale areas was transported by locomotive and dumped at the mouth of the creek off Ray Nash Drive. There were also steamboat stops along the coast that operated daily to Tacoma. It’s a nice area to take a drive and stop at Kopachuck State Park and take in views of Cutt Island, Raft Island, Carr Inlet, and Horsehead Bay or grab a bite to eat at Island View Market.
Artondale is a beautifully wooded and peaceful area. It is filled with small neighborhoods, as well as farmland. And has many places to explore. Take your boat out and explore beautiful Cutts Island Marine State Park, or better known as ‘Deadman’s Island’. If you go during seal pup season, you may actually see them resting on the sandy beach. Afterwards you can dock at Island View Market and enjoy some lunch or beer on tap. Or if you don’t want to go boating, have a nice picnic lunch at Kopachuck State Park and go clamming or take a walk on the trails. If you enjoy gardening, a nice place to check out would be the Woodbrook Native Plant Nursery.