Explore the most popular trails near Olympia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Love it here! Go early to avoid loud families that scare off the wildlife.

hiking
14 hours ago

Nice walk for kids and the short walk is ADA accessible. Very easy for families, but not for people looking for a good work out. We didn't hear any gunshots, thankfully, as others have. Interesting natural site.

3 days ago

gps was a little off. But its nice here. good pinic areas. good trails for a little work out..I'd come Again

walking
4 days ago

Nice trail with beautiful photo op.

walking
4 days ago

Initially set out to run this, but the pathway is narrow in many places and it was fairly busy. Beautiful Cove… All of the trees are covered with moss and leaves, making the forest look even more alive. Love the little bears in the trees too… Super cute addition to this Cove.

I left the forest and walked about a half mile on the beach… It is all rocks, no sand but it was still a beautiful scenery.

trail running
8 days ago

Really a great park with some beautiful scenery. Perfect day, lightly trafficked but everyone was friendly. The water in the lake filthy I’m not sure if it always does during this time of year but that is the only real negative. I will definitely do this again. As a side trail, I ran up this winding Hill to the police memorial… That added an extra challenge to this trail.

hiking
8 days ago

Very easy not for those with a sensitive bladder.no real sign that says trail over here.But tons of photo op gems.

10 days ago

Great trail with amazing fall view. Only 0.5 miles, so it’s a busy trail with lots of people taking this.

mountain biking
11 days ago

Great trail for mtb! U just need to know where your goin' it is easy to get lost; like we were.
I like how long the trail is.

Great trail! The only downfall is it having potholes. And, don't bring your 55 yr. old dad.

Came from the Chehalis Western Trail and crossed the bridge to get to this one . Very nice and lots to see .

Always have a wonderful walk here .

Awesome trail for kids and family. Easygoing trail.

Very challenging going uphill!!

Went with my friend and we took our pups, lots of loops to explore, loved it.

Hiked this with my 2 year old granddaughter. (There are a lot of stairs) Cute wooden bears up high in the trees and beautiful scenery ❤️

Lots of photo opportunities! Gorgeous views and a nice Visitor Center/ Gift shop

Great local hike with no elevation and good views of the Nisqually River delta. Lots of birds and blackberries.

love it it's good for the kids and very interesting wild life

Starts off hilly with a couple good declines and inclines. We took the outer loop and a couple off shoots to make it longer. It wasn't crowded even though we weren't on a Saturday morning. passed some runners and other casual hikers. Avid hikers wouldn't waste their time with it. But for us, it was a good way to get a reasonable hike in without going too far or taking too long. Well maintained trail. Good views of the water and the city.

Beautiful easy hike/ walk for all ages

Nice family walking spot.

Nice and easy walk with the kids. The trail is pretty level and very clear for walking. Surrounded by forest so it is fully shaded.

Great area to get out and go for a jog or just enjoy the nature, there is an ADA accessible paved path, but you can also go further out on the dirt path. You can usually see hawks about half way out, sometimes you see RC planes in the field next to the mounds.

The people complaining about gunshots must not go very far in because you definitely don't hear it the whole trail, occasionally by the entrance you do hear the sportsman's club enjoying their freedom and exercising their 2nd ammendment rights.

Nice walk through the woods that leads to a great view of Henderson Inlet. The main road that leads straight to the inlet could be easily traveled with a stroller, but if you are planning on taking the trail through the woods and you have a stroller I wouldn't recommend it because there are a few places where you have to go up and down stairs and there are spots on the trail where tree roots are out of the ground which would make pushing a stroller difficult. We had binoculars and could see seals soaking up some sun on the pier out in the water. The trail wasn't busy and is well maintained and clean.

Nice easy walk. Good overlook of the Nisqually river. Completed the entire walk with 4 kids the youngest one is 10 so it's definitely an easy walk. If you look you can watch Bald Eagles flying around. The trails were clean and maintained.

walking
1 month ago

Always a nice peaceful walk.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail, especially for a day when you have limited time. Its proximity to town makes it convenient, but also a regular haunt of some unsavory types. I've seen more than one report in the last few years of women who take this trail alone being sexually assaulted. Take precautions if you're alone, or go with a friend.

My girlfriend and I loved this. We did it in conjunction with Mckenny Trail and had a great 9 mile hike. I would say moderate/easy difficulty as there are not many sustained climbs. We did run into a couple folks on horseback and several bikers. There is some horse manure but it was not enough to warrant any frustrations for us. If I could do this trail again it would be on a mountain bike. Would have been great to ride in my opinion.

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