New Years Sale! Get a year of AllTrails Pro for only $19.99
Get Started

Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk and Twin Barns Trail

EASY 429 reviews

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. Please note: the last seven hundred feet of the boardwalk were closed because of hunting season.

hiking
closed
muddy
2 days ago

We had a nice walk out to the boardwalk today. The end point was closed, but there was lots to see: 3 eagles, a group of seals, herrings, lots of ducks, Canadian geese and a pair of fat squirrels. Wish we had binoculars. Also, be sure to use some caution, the boardwalk was slippery in some places.

nature trips
3 days ago

We went today for the first time. We had a really nice, relaxing hike. We didn't do the entire boardwalk, but did most. Saw tons of ducks, various birds and seals!

Saw three Eagles today

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail

hiking
8 days ago

Trail closed last little bit due to hunting season, but a very enjoyable , flat boardwalk hike

hiking
20 days ago

It was really nice to see so many people there. The boardwalk is super easy for kids to do. Lots of signs to read. You can hear the birds and see where beavers are working. Very nice!

Nice flat walk. Very cold and windy. Last 700 feet were closed due to the hunting season.

the last seven hundred feet of the boardwalk were closed because of hunting season.

hiking
closed
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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
4 months ago

It’s like a walk at the park.

Well maintained with great wildlife sightings!

hiking
6 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!

Great walk with the kids.

hiking
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
bugs
6 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
7 months ago

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

7 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

Load More