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Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk and Twin Barns Trail

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk and Twin Barns Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Olympia, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 42 ft Route type Out & Back
Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Partially paved River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Fee No dogs
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Note: As of June 2020, trails are open but restrooms and buildings are closed. A gorgeous easy walk on either gravel or paved paths...good for the whole family. There is a $3 daily parking fee, or the America the Beautiful Pass is accepted too. The last seven hundred feet of the boardwalk may be closed because of hunting season. Accessibility: This trail is mostly flat (all less than 5% grade), typically at least five feet wide, and mostly paved (sections of boardwalk and gravel) with minimal grade change that will likely be accessible for most wheelchair/mobility equipment and stroller users. Boards may be slippery after there has been rain.

Day use fee is required to park, payable at trailhead

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge 100 Brown Farm Road Olympia, Washington 98516 Tel: 360.753.9467 Fax: 360.534.9302

From Seattle, S on I-5 to exit 114. Right on Brown Farm Road to trailhead.

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Terri Cunningham
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Jonathan Sternes
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Meghan Anderson
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You can’t run here! I realized that when I got there. They say it spooks the birds.

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Sean Stapleton
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Genny Cook
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Sarah Bouty
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nice walk. currently no fees 10/2/20 was pretty busy at 4pm

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Lou Wee
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Perfect place to reconnect with nature. Don’t forget to bring camera/binoculars when you visit this place

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Debbie Crews
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Kathryn Palange
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Gorgeous easy walk, kid friendly,, perfect for a jogger stroller. Either gravel or boardwalk.

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Eric Robison
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Danie s
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Beautiful views, so fun to see the seals and all the bird life. Not dogs but it was clean, flat, and easy. So most anyone could do this

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SheriffDawson1 User
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Flat boardwalk out and back with a separate loop. No jogging, dogs or bikes.

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Sridivya Bonam
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Brannon Schultz
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Great Scenic trail

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Cheryl McStine
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Well maintained. Very peaceful walk

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Russ Jackson
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Such a relaxing and beautiful walk

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Kelsey Pearson
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Only thing is it’s walking only - no running!!

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Kim Shaw
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This is a great walk, beautiful scenery and peaceful. No dogs allowed.

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Arka Ghosh
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Jamee Mahoney
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Nice relaxed walk with the family and no one freaking out about masks!

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Lisha Martin
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The blackberry I ate was sour and the birds were cool- Cooper I thought it was a nice easy walk. Very kid friendly and little elevation. - Lisha

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Sarah Jones
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Great flat walk.

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Lindsey Fauré
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An easy walk - usually moderately crowded (though most folks mask up) - but with so many lovely, calming, and diverse sights. You can wind around different pathways to experience boardwalks along the water, a flowing river, expansive grassy wetlands, and more.

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Jennifer Davis
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Heavy traffic, but easy walk.

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Mahnoz Ayar
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Ashley Hoffmann
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Loved it! Beautiful walk, stroller friendly and very well kept up.

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Jason Houle
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Jeanne Winding
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Loved it! Saw cormorants and seals. Boardwalk was in great shape. We'll be back!

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chris snider
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nice flat walk pretty views.

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