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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail

Olympia, WA

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Olympia, WA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

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  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

Recent Reviews

on Priest Point
1 day ago

hiking
4 Completed4 Reviews

This is a nice hike, pet friendly. The view is nice and it wasn't very crowded when I went.

on Mima Falls Trail
1 day ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Very easy to get lost in. The signs aren't very clear and at this time of the year the waterfall wasn't worth it

on Nisqually National Wildli...
1 day ago

hiking
3 Completed3 Reviews

on McLane Creek Woods Trail
1 day ago

trail running
1 Completed2 Reviews

Great moderate to hard hills to run. Still cool under the tree cover at noon.

on Priest Point
1 day ago

2 Completed3 Reviews

Great trail for kids and dogs.

on Nisqually National Wildli...
2 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

on Nisqually National Wildli...
3 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

on Mima Falls Trail
6 days ago

hiking
2 Completed1 Reviews

Nice easy hike. Gun shots aren't too bad. My wife and I just tuned them out after 10 min of hiking. Plenty of shade and berries! Before we knew it, we came upon the falls and got a few pics in accompanied with our friend. We crossed paths with a few bikers but I usually just jump out of the way and let them have the right of way as soon as I here them coming. One guy had a continuous bell going as he was riding. It would be nice if they all had that, or at least one if there were two or more coming around the corner. It would make the clearer path for everyone!! All in all it was fun and enjoyable, I recommend this trail for all to enjoy! Kids watch for the horse poop!!

on Mima Falls Trail
9 days ago

9 Completed9 Reviews

Nice easy hike. The fall was really cute bc it's tucked away and small. My friend and I were the only ones there at the time. Edit- ignore the photos I posted, those are of a different hike I thought I was writing a review on. Sorry!

on Nisqually National Wildli...
9 days ago

walking
2 Completed2 Reviews

Great trail for the family, it's a mix of Boardwalk and gravel. Mostly flat with really nice views, lots of benches along the way to rest. We walked with a 8 year old, 5 yo, and a 4 month old, so needless to say we stopped often. Saw plenty of birds and even a bald eagle or three. Would definitely recommend for an easy afternoon stroll.

on McLane Creek Woods Trail
11 days ago

19 Completed21 Reviews

Love this area. Wildlife, easy walk, salmon spawn in November, leashed dogs welcome, great for kids, outhouse available, covered picnic area at entrance to trail. Must have discover pass or pay to park.

on McLane School Trail
11 days ago

19 Completed21 Reviews

Crud!! I meant to write this review for the McLane Creek trail, not this one. now I don't know how to delete the other review.

on Woodward Bay Natural Reso...
11 days ago

19 Completed21 Reviews

Edit to the last post: it is a gravel road, NOT paved. Sorry for the error. I'm not sure how to edit the original post.

on Woodward Bay Natural Reso...
11 days ago

nature trips
19 Completed21 Reviews

This area was 'upgraded' in 2015. The parking area is not very big, but I have never seen it full either. You have 2 options for the hike in/out. You can take the paved road or a nice little path through the forest. We like to take the meandering path on the way in, have a picnic, do some beach combing, and then take the shorter path to exit (the dirt access road). The old Railway and some other wooden structures are still in the water. They both provide some great opportunities to view harbor seals (on the shorter structure) and a variety of birds. Restrooms are available at the end of the trail. During the Blue Heron mating season you can look across the water near the trail entrance and see hundreds of heron and other birds. The trail on the other side of the water is the Woodard Bay Sanctuary and is closed during the peak heron time.

on State Capitol and Central...
11 days ago

walking
19 Completed21 Reviews

This trail goes around Capital Lake, then follows the sidewalk alongside the street south towards Tumwater, turns east along a wide paved trail that leads under the freeway, and ends at a playground. There are bathrooms located on either side of the lake, at the turn east to go along the Tumwater end of the lake, as well as at the playground area. We like to take the walk to the playground end of the trail where we have a picnic, then turn and go back the way we came.

on Chehalis Western Trail
11 days ago

road biking
19 Completed21 Reviews

Wide paved trail that is used by horseback riders, bikers, joggers, and walkers. Trail passes a variety of areas from housing developments to farms, ponds to fields. Plenty of wildlife to catch a glimpse of. It's a great walk for kids and dogs. Benches are available every so often if you get tired. There are some racks in a few areas. One end of the trail stops at The Woodard Bay Sanctuary. It's a trail about a mile long that is closed part of the year and does not allow dogs. It is a very busy mating area for herons.

on Capitol Lake Trail
11 days ago

walking
19 Completed21 Reviews

If you're looking for a small, easy walk this is a great path. It follows the edge of Capital Lake in downtown Olympia. it is a mix of gravely and paved walkways. Dogs, kids, wheelchairs, bikes, joggers, and just about everyone can enjoy the walk. You will see lots of geese, ducks, herons, and once in a while you will a playful otter too. There is a steep switchback trail that leads from the lake up to the State Capital building if you are looking to increase your heart rate. The salmon spawn in early September and cross under 5th Ave from Budd Bay into Capital Lake on their way to Tumwater falls. It's a great time to catch a glimpse of seals that feast on the salmon, otter that eat fish out if the lake, and bald eagles hunting. The trail is partially closed during the 3rd weekend in July for the annual Lake Fair.

on LBA Park Loop Trail
11 days ago

trail running
19 Completed21 Reviews

I love to go running on these trails. It is a peaceful wooded area that is great for dog walking, fall photos, and even mushroom gathering. Somewhat narrow trails with lots of twists and turns as well as ups and downs. There is plenty of parking space. Bathrooms are located in the Ball park area. The other end of the park area has a playground for all pages of children.

on McLane School Trail
11 days ago

nature trips
19 Completed21 Reviews

My family enjoys this trail very much. Dog friendly, easy walk, through a beautiful diverse forest. The salmon spawn in November. You will encounter beavers, deer, birds, turtles, newts, and wildlife a plenty. Bring duck food (NOT bread, crackers, chips, etc) and you will get some fantastic, up close and personal views of the birds. There is a mix of dirt paths and boardwalks. Nice covered picnic area at the trail entrance. Outhouse available. must have a discover pass or pay to park.

on Priest Point
11 days ago

walking
19 Completed21 Reviews

Nice walk for kids and dogs. Pretty garden area. Trails on both sides of the park. Playground for kids. Picnic areas with covered kitchen areas, built in BBQ pits, and picnic tables. Fairly easy access to the beach, however, the beach isn't sandy, it's rocks and mud. Also, the water in that area of the Puget Sound is considered to be very polluted and it is recommended that you wash/bath after exposure to the beach and water.