Explore the most popular birding 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Took my dog and son on this trail, we made our hike a little longer because we took the trail down to the beach, so it was a 2.4 mile trip for us. Beautiful and mostly shaded.

I love to walk this trails

Great hike, wonderful for all ages.

hiking
7 days ago

I live very close to this trail so it is one I do often. Very well shaded so ideal for summer and very few areas of incline. I have brought my kids and dog and they have no problem with any parts of the trail.

The loons, Henry. The loons. Great walk. The only thing I would do differently is maybe wear lighter shoes. Danner boots were definitely overkill.

prefect trail to take little ones on. has a very peaceful setting for its location.

This is a short little hike but so worth it. The trail is well marked and maintained better than most. From the trail head you hike down 1/10 of a mile and then the loop begins and you are sucked out of the hustle and bustle of the city and surrounded by a peaceful rainforest with birds chirping and the trickle of water. Such a relaxing get away, all be it for 30 minutes or so. Came across several other hikers and a few with dogs. If there is one thing to be aware of it would be the trail head parking. There only seems to be enough for about 10 vehicles, with that said there was parking available when I arrived and as I left.

Great trail that is mostly shaded with a few great views of the Capitol. Completed about 2 miles of the trail with my dog and three kids at a meandering pace in a little under an hour. There are a few steep elevation climbs and declines that can be challenging for older 2 & 4 leggers. Best part is it is right in town if you are from Olympia.

hiking
13 days ago

Absolutely beautiful run along an amazing park. The waterfalls are terrific! Very short so you may want to walk it twice…but definitely peaceful walk.

13 days ago

it's an easy hike with lots of great nature to explore: ponds with turtles, frogs, ducks, salamanders. Lots of birds. many amazing wild berries. garter snakes on sunny days.

the trail has a section through a sunny meadow, and a quieter, shadowy forested area with a winding trail

Pretty nice walk with not many people during the week.

Nice short walk in a proper wood with great views of the Puget Sound and plenty of history and nature. Fairly busy on a Friday, and lots of mosquitoes in the forest loop. Great birdsong everywhere!

17 days ago

Horse manure everywhere!!!! Awful smell and bugs from the piles of manure ruined the hike for us. Gunshots were unsettling, loud, even in the early am. Not for anyone with gunshot PTSD.

Interesting trail with ups, downs and tree roots to watch out for. Recommend a walking stick for the steeper areas and bring your bug spray. It's a little slice of forest heaven in the middle of the city

Awesome variety of vegetation, clean, very shady. only a few hills and many photo opportunities. Dogs love this trail.

Super easy walk. My kids didn’t complain. Went during low tide but we still enjoyed it and the nice weather. Will go back during high tide like others suggested.

walking
18 days ago

Beautiful views and easy to walk trail.

Interesting geography and a nice little interpretive center. I caught the end of wildflower season and was there on a hot day-- bad idea as there was no shade. Saw hawks diving for prey. Recommend going on an overcast day.

Great hike. Walked main trail to water. Informational placards with history abound. Picnic area would be great for group gathering. Walked side trail back to parking area. Meanders like crazy but beautiful scenery. Birds chirping, squirrels gathering nesting materials. Just great hiking.

walking
27 days ago

This is a flat easy jog around the lake in downtown Olympia. There are great views of the Capitol building and my dog loves to come along.

beautiful walk with dogs

walking
28 days ago

Love these woods! Great area for family walks, and not a far drive being ‘in-town’... I would recommend a ‘trail’ or ‘offroad’ stroller if you have little ones.

Great trail to hike with my 9 year old granddaughter.

Peaceful, saw duck family, lots of small birds but no eagles or herons today. we saw some seals and then on the way back a river otter. The frogs were calling out to my friend.

I love this trail! Just sa a beautiful red crested woodpecker on it this morning

Great urban park in the woods.

walking
1 month ago

More moderate than easy, but very beautiful! several switchback and steep stairs. Great overlooks and my favorite part someone put several wooden bears in and around the trees. Look for them, they are a Suprise.

Nice easy trail for the kiddos. Close to home but still feel like your out in the wilderness. Fun trail.

on Mima Mounds Trail

1 month ago

Drove almost an hour to get there, it wasn't worth it. Very boring, and an extremely easy paved walk. Not to mention you can't bring pets, and the park is next to a shooting range. The entire time you walk you hear gunshots. I will not be back again. I don't recommend it for people wanting good views or a good workout. However, it would be a nice visit for families with children.

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