Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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
13 hours ago

Always a nice peaceful walk.

hiking
14 hours 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.

walking
6 days ago

I used to live a couple of blocks from here and only walked down once. It’s s pretty little pocket but nothing to write home about.

Charming little walk around the park. What’s not to like?

Gorgeous views of the Sound and the Olympics on a clear day. Peaceful and a short walk/bike ride/ drive from downtown Olympia.

walking
6 days ago

Relaxing walk in the woods without needing to leave town.

walking
6 days ago

This was my backyard for several years and is s nice place to safely walk in town without having to concern yourself with traffic. Great views on clear days.

hiking
7 days 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

Beautiful day on the trail and had it all to ourselves.

Great hike, wonderful for all ages.

hiking
13 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.

Great for the family.

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
19 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.

19 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!

23 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
24 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.

its hot n to many horses n poo

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