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Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk and Twin Barns Trail

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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.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 42 feet Route Type: Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

fee

no dogs

$3 daily park fee or America the beautiful pass is accepted too.

hiking
closed
3 days ago

be careful- very slippery. unfortunately most of the trail was closed this month so we only got about half of the trail available to us. it was alright, nothing too special

hiking
7 days ago

Not a bad place to walk around. Nothing special or spectacular like more wooded or mountainous trails. Peaceful atmosphere with some nice scenery. I do wish the trails would cover the entire land perimeter to make for a longer walk but it is a wildlife refuge, so that is understandable. No big deal. I will be going again.

hiking
13 days ago

Right by my home, 23 years here and never been until 2018, my loss. Peaceful & glorious in rain or shine. Great walk, perfect distance to catch up with great friends! It can get a bit crowded, several more photographers at sunrise/sunset, little slippery when wet and more so on the beginning wooden bridge paths (lots of wildlife if you take your time to look). To avoid the slick path, you can walk through/past the main parking lot and take the gravel road to bay. Countless wildlife spotted rain or shine. Watch your step with goose dookey, lol, it's like a minefield when they get on the path, lol!

hiking
1 month ago

Very kid-friendly and flat. Lots of birds and saw some crabs mucking around in the mud.

hiking
1 month ago

We have always wanted to go here. Loaded everything up, got here and saw the signs that dogs are not allowed. What a bummer.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy stroll; wheelchair and stroller friendly. Lovely scenery. a nice place to unwind.

hiking
1 month ago

while attending we saw the following: -beaver -bunnies -deer -seals lots of bugs but with applying bug spray you can avoid it. Great time

hiking
1 month ago

It’s like a walk at the park.

Well maintained with great wildlife sightings!

hiking
3 months ago

It was a warm and beautiful day! I enjoyed the views of Mt. Rainier and the Sound. I enjoyed mama birds feeding their young, a heron, seagulls (of course), and several deer. It’s an easy trail, part in full sun and part in the shade. Definitely well used!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Great walk with the kids.

hiking
3 months ago

This is great for kids! I’ve seen a lot of life here from sea lions to foxes, duck to eagles this place is one place you need to go more then once to truly explore here. Completely flat it’s an easy trail to complete unless you have children with little legs the almost 5 mile round trip to the end of the board walk might be hard for them. However with lots of educational plaques along the trail pushing there little bodies to educate there imaginative mind was good enough to keep going and finding out what came next was fun for the whole family.

hiking
3 months ago

If you want to see bald eagles this place never fails. I've been here for 4 times now and I've seen at least 5 bald eagles every time. Bring binoculars because they're not always close to the boardwalk.

walking
no shade
3 months ago

The twin barn loop trail is an easy walk. The trail is shaded and well maintained. There are a few benches along the way for resting and a nice picnic area with tables.. The boardwalk is a lengthier trek, but scenic views await. There’s no shade on the boardwalk, so be sure to bring sun protection. Getting to the point (end) is father than you think, but well worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice place to take in nature that's close to the city. Very well maintained trails with lots of parking.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

Saw an eagle & lots of other birds. (here for the eagles only lol) a bit muggy but not too bad. smell was very low. for a good walk to get the heart pumping good.

Had a great time with my one year old today, lots of birds and a couple of squirrels. Perfect that it’s stroller friendly!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice quote trail (boardwalk) and if you like birds this more of place for you. We seen couple ducks and deer.

4 months ago

saw female mergansers and a eagle being hectored by crow. wee pink and green frog on a leaf and heard lots of birdsong. Easy paths. Get a national park pass and walk is covered

OK. Boardwalk is nice; not a lot of wildlife to see, and few views of the river. Bird song is lovely.

hiking
closed
no shade
4 months ago

*$3 daily park fee, payable at nature center/ gate* Never been here before and was hoping to do the outside trail loop, but found out it was closed. Twin barns Loop was open, which led to a gravel road that goes to the boardwalk. Great views of the delta, but recommend timing your walk with the tide (as low tide doesn’t offer much to see). Enjoyed the hike and would come back. • Park is closed at dusk. • Kid friendly. • Bathroom and shop at center... also our houses by twin barns. • No pets/ dogs allowed due to being a nature preserve with birds. • ADA accessible (with some ADA telescopes for viewing) and people had strollers and didn’t seem to have any issues. The Refuge trails are open everyday for wildlife viewing and nature photography from sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center includes The Nature Shop, an information desk, a view of the freshwater marsh, and interpretive exhibits. It is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m, but closed on major holidays including Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

5 months ago

a must go walk vary pretty kid friendly only bathroom at welcome center but clean no dogs :( 3 dollar fee

hiking
5 months ago

Boring. Unless your into birds. We saw frogs and snakes and turtles other than that just birds and mud. We went when the tide was out. Terribly boring.

walking
5 months ago

The entire trail and the boardwalk were stroller friendly, which made this a great place to go see some natural beauty with my infant. We forgot the jogging stroller but our daily one, with plastic wheels, worked just fine.

6 months ago

It had a couple good sites for some good pictures. Boardwalk was well made, which gave fresh hikers a good warm up.

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

This is a very good trail for people who don't often hike. There's not a lot of rough terrain involved, most of it is done via boardwalk, and there are a lot of areas to stop and take a break. For those looking for more of a challenging experience, however, I would look elsewhere.

6 months ago

great trail for everyone.

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