Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area Loop Trail

EASY 36 reviews

Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area Loop Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Olympia, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
196 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

sea kayaking

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

hiking
3 days ago

We had a wonderful ti.e in this hike with our two boys. They had an amazing time, especially at the water.

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Easy trail for the kids. Not very many viewing spots from the trail, but got to see tons of stuff at the end of the road. No seals today however. Overall a great afternoon family hike.

walking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

caught a few shots of some pretty flowers and wasn't hard of a hike at all! few spots to see the bay but not many, definitely a pretty trail but can't say it's my favorite.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Easy and well maintained. Very beautiful and quiet.

hiking
2 months ago

Average hike - easy to find and trailhead was well marked. Trail was in good condition and very flat. Going out on the left - trail was 4 star - nice and peaceful. However coming back was on a paved road with very little to see.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful short hike

2 months ago

My wife and I visited for the first time and really enjoyed it. It was an easy trail to walk. The bay view at the end of the trail was great and there were nice benches to relax and enjoy the view from. We saw dozens of harbor seals basking on the old pier platforms. We also saw a pair of eagles, a ton of blue herons, and a coupe of deer. Overall it was a great place to visit.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

The sign in the parking lot had a map and brief description of the area and trails. I hiked the 1.5 mile forest loop trail that consist of boardwalks, stairs, and ground. It is well maintained. Looking out at the Puget Sound from the Woodard Bay peninsula was my highlight. It was very peaceful. Numerous waterfowl and a couple harbor seals seemed to be the only things moving. I walked back 3/4 mile on Whitham Road to the parking lot. This road is blocked off to vehicular traffic and is ideal for strollers, wheelchairs, and anyone who doesn't want to walk in the woods but likes nature. I then drove across the bridge to the Chehalis Western Trail parking lot. Overlook Trail is a 1 mile crushed rock that starts at this parking lot and ends "overlooking" Woodard Bay. Not much more to it today. It was simply nice to be outside in the sunshine. I plan on a return trip this summer when the seals are birthing on the beaches of this conservation area.

walking
5 months ago

5 months ago

7 months ago

Took the whole loop with 3 yr old grandson he loved it! So did we

8 months ago

Awesome display of west coast forest on mostly flat terrain.

8 months ago

It is a beautiful place that shares a not so beautiful past and how nature prevails....